Check out classic photos of New York from the '50s to the '70s

We're getting in our time machine and taking a trip to NYC's bygone eras, when things were simpler and rent was reasonable
By Dan Kilberg |
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Long before anyone had a selfie stick, New Yorkers were using cameras loaded with film to capture themselves among the city’s glorious landmarks and attractions. These images show a bygone era of New York, the days when disco ruled all, catching punk shows on the Lower East Side was still a (new) thing and no one wanted to live below 14th Street. As we look back, it's surprising to see not only how much the city has changed in the past 60 years—even pictures of NYC in the '90s look like a different place—but also how some things remain exactly the same. 

Empire State Building and Manhattan lights at night, 1952
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Empire State Building and Manhattan lights at night, 1952

West Side Highway, 1953
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

West Side Highway, 1953

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West 41st Street, 1965
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

West 41st Street, 1965

West Street and Chambers Street, 1965
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

West Street and Chambers Street, 1965

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Midtown and Lower Manhattan covered in smog, 1966
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Midtown and Lower Manhattan covered in smog, 1966

1 Train, 1967
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

1 Train, 1967

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West Street and Warren Street, 1967
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

West Street and Warren Street, 1967

World Trade Center, 1972
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

World Trade Center, 1972

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Looking northeast to the PanAm and Chrysler buildings, Triboro Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, January 1973
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Looking northeast to the PanAm and Chrysler buildings, Triboro Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, January 1973 

Landscape
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Canal Street, 1973

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March 1973, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel traffic
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Brooklyn Battery Tunnel traffic, March 1973

Landscape
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

A view of the World Trade Center from the water, April 1973

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Landscape
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Battery Park City, June 1973

1974, Dumbo
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Dumbo, 1974

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1974, Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 33rd Street
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Broadway, Sixth Avenue and 33rd Street, 1974

April 1974, Maiden Lane
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Maiden Lane, April 1974

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June 1974
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

June 1974

Landscape
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

June 1974, Broadway and DeKalb Avenues

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April 1975, the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the East River
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

The Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the East River, April 1975

Express train, 1976
Photograph: Courtesy Andy Blair

Express train, 1976

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