20 photos of NYC in the 1950s | Clayton News Photo Slideshows
The 1950s were an interesting period in New York history. Having been established as one of the largest cities in the world after the end of World War II, New York had a population of 7.89 million at the start of the decade. However, in the late 1950s the effects of suburbanization, which saw residents and industries move to cheaper pastures, actually led to a major decline in population that would continue through the early 1970s. This decline in population has been accompanied by an increase in crime, growing wealth inequality, and a general setback for the northern metropolis.
There have been other, smaller changes that the city has also seen – the shifting of neighborhoods, for example, as Chinatown began to encroach on Little Italy, or the planned renovation of landmarks like Grand Central Station and Central Park. There were differences in the city’s economy as certain industries began to decline and more women joined the workforce. There was also a lot of growth – new museums, new buildings, new community groups.
It’s hard to put into words exactly what New York looked like in the 1950s, so Giggster has combed through historical archives to compile a collection of images that illustrate what the Big Apple looked like during the decade. . From Times Square newsstands to daily commutes, keep clicking to see what the world’s largest city looked like about 70 years ago.