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Spacious Daylight Photo Studio in Midtown
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 4.9 (37)
  • 37
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Our 600 sqft studio in Midtown Manhattan is perfect for your next photo or video shoot! The studio is flushed with daylight and comes with lighting equipment included in the price and a wide choice of seamless backgrounds! The studio is steps away from A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, 7 & S trains and 1 block from Port Authority. Studio has large windows facing south - so you get a lot of daylight as the sun moves through the sky throughout the afternoon. If you are looking for sunrays, the best time is between 10am-4pm. We will greet you on your arrival to and make sure that you are well settled in the space and have what you need. Comes with all the standard equipment and fixtures you need to have an amazing production with your crew. We typically respond within an hour, can show you the space if you would like to see it before booking and remain in touch to help answer any last minute questions. **PLEASE NOTE** - To keep the studio affordable for our clients, we don't charge a standard cleaning fee. Therefore, we request our clients to upkeep the space and leave it in the way it was presented to them at the starting of their session. If the space is left unclean or disorganized, we will need to charge you a cleaning fee of $35. - We offer 12 different colors of backdrops, and charge $20.00 per seamless pull. If you would like another color, please let us know 72 hrs in advance, and we will stock it for you for $80. Send us a message if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hosting you! Key features: - Large studio: 600 sqft - Direct sunlight for high-end portraits - Right next to the Port Authority, 34th Street Penn Station and Times Square. - 12+ seamless colors, fabric backdrops and green screen - Strobes, softboxes, umbrellas included! - Air conditioned, Wifi, Steamer, Clothing racks, Alexa powered speakers + Spotify - AV cart, Posing stools, Posing table and Chaise sofa. Seamless Colors: - Super White, Black, Stone Grey, Pure White/Cream, Coral / Light Pink, Tulip / Pink, Blue Mist, Studio Blue, Orange, Canary / Yellow, Olive Green, Cocoa / Brown - Don't find what you need? Let us know, we can get it for you before your shoot. ADD-ONS: Seamless Backdrops - $20 per pull Green Screen - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL200 - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL300 - $40 (flat fee) Additional Godox QT400IIM flashlights - $50 per item/max of 2 EIZO ColorEdge CS2420 24" External Monitor - $50 (flat fee) Additional Beauty Station - $50 (flat fee) Complete list of equipment: 1 X Godox VL200 1 X Godox VL300 1 X Godox XProC TTL (Canon and Nikon) 2 X Godox 14"x63" Beehive Honeycomb Grid Strip Softbox 1 X Beauty Dish with Grid and Diffuser sock 2 X Impact Umbrella Silver - Medium 2 X Profoto Umbrella White - Medium 1 X Matthews Flag 18 X 24 1 X Dolly - Small 2 X Impact 8' Air-Cushioned Light Stand / Backdrop Stands 1 X Adjustable Crossbar 2 X Impact Folding Wheeled Base Stand 2 X Stands with Godox S-Type Speedlite Bracket for Bowens 1 X Boom Stand with Rollers 2 X Impact Deluxe Varipole Support System 6 X Sandbags 2 X Apple Box 4 X Clamps 3 X AC Extension Cords 1 X Paper Knife 1 X Folding Ladder 1 X Posing Table 1 X AV Cart 1 X Ring Light 18’’ 1 X Steamer 2 X Mirrors 2 X Folding Tables 1 X Record Player 1 X Mini Fridge 2 X White Rolling Tables 2 X Posing Stools 1 X Red Sofa Chaise 2 X 8'V-Flats (Black and White)
SuperHost
Bright Midtown Studio w/ Kitchenette
  • $50/hr
  • New
  • 4.9 (18)
  • 18
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Our 550 sqft studio with kitchenette in Midtown Manhattan is perfect for your next photo or video shoot! The studio is flushed with afternoon daylight and comes with lighting equipment included in the price and a wide choice of seamless backgrounds! LOCATION: Studio is located at 580 8th Ave., steps away from A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, 7 & S trains and 1 block from Port Authority. Elevator building - so no climbing up the stairs with your equipment! NATURAL LIGHT: Studio has a large window facing south - so you get a lot of daylight as the sun moves through the sky throughout the afternoon. FURNITURE: You can use all furniture shown in the pics during your booking. EQP: Comes with all the standard equipment and fixtures you need to have an amazing production with your crew, including 2 X Godox QT400IIM flashlights with different modifiers, and triggers for Nikon, Cannon and Sony. See the complete list below! BACKDROP: We offer 12 different colors of backdrops and charge $20.00 per seamless pull. If you would like another color, please let us know 72 hrs in advance, and we will stock it for you for $80. CLEAN: We keep our studios absolutely clean - we are a bit obsessive about that! ON-SITE HELP: You will be greeted by our studio coordinator when you arrive, and in fact, we will put up the backdrop for you, free of charge! MUSIC: Talk to our Alexa devices and listen to your favorite station on Spotify! **PLEASE NOTE** - To keep the studio affordable for our clients, we don't charge a standard cleaning fee. So, please upkeep the space and leave it in the way it was presented. If the space is left unclean or disorganized, we will need to charge you a cleaning fee of $35. Key features: - Large studio: 550 sqft - Direct sunlight for high-end portraits - Right next to the Port Authority, 34th Street Penn Station and Times Square. - 12 seamless colors - Continuous lights, softboxes, umbrellas included! - Air conditioned, Wifi, Steamer, Clothing racks - AV cart, posing stools, and posing table. - Easily accessible, well maintained building. Seamless Colors: - Super White, Black, Stone Grey, Pure White/Cream, Coral / Light Pink, Tulip / Pink, Blue Mist, Studio Blue, Orange, Canary / Yellow, Olive Green, Cocoa / Brown - Don't find what you need? Let us know, we can get it for you before your shoot. ADD-ONS: Seamless Backdrops - $20 per pull Green Screen - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL200 - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL300 - $40 (flat fee) Additional Godox QT400IIM flashlights - $50 per item/max of 2 EIZO ColorEdge CS2420 24" External Monitor - $50 (flat fee) Additional Beauty Station - $50 (flat fee) Complete list of equipment: 2 X Godox QT400IIM 1 X Godox XProC TTL (Canon and Nikon) 2 X Godox Medium Softbox 1 X Godox VL200 1 X Godox VL300 1 X Beauty Dish with Grid and Diffuser sock 2 X Impact Umbrella Silver - Medium 2 X Profoto Umbrella White - Medium 1 X Matthews Flag 18 X 24 1 X Dolly - Small 2 X Impact 8' Air-Cushioned Light Stand / Backdrop Stands 1 X Adjustable Crossbar 2 X Impact Folding Wheeled Base Stand 2 X Stands with Godox S-Type Speedlite Bracket for Bowens 1 X Boom Stand with Rollers 6 X Sandbags 2 X Apple Box 4 X Clamps 3 X AC Extension Cords 1 X Paper Knife 1 X Folding Ladder 1 X Posing Table 1 X AV Cart 1 X Ring Light 18’’ 1 X Steamer 2 X Mirrors 2 X Folding Tables 1 X Record Player 1 X Mini Fridge 2 X White Rolling Tables 2 X Posing Stools 2 X 8'V-Flats (Black and White)
SuperHost
Professional Photography Studio With Cyc & Lights
  • $75/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (14)
  • 14
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
This NYC studio offers professional studio day rental for photo shoots and video productions. Included in the rental fee is a large selection of professional lighting for both still photography and video production. The studio features a custom made white cyc (infinity wall), large windows with sw exposure, a center room skylight with sliding black out shutter, built-in hair & makeup station, wardrobe rack, a professional clothes steamer, and a large, private bathroom with shower. The space converts from a natural daylight studio to a full black out in just a few minutes. Most of the equipment in the studio, (lights, stands, sandbags, modifiers, etc.), is included with your rental. The "In house" equipment includes a full selection of daylight balanced strobes & continuous lights (both par and Kino Flo) and a variety of modifiers so you can move seamlessly from still photography to video work. You can set the lights up on your own or, if you’re new to studio lighting or just need to be shooting as soon as possible, I can help you get the lights setup and make sure everything is working properly. Either way, if you have any questions either setting up or during your shoot you can always find me in my office off the side of the studio or by calling my cell phone if I stepped out. In addition to the included equipment, a Canon 5d Mark II with L lenses and support gear, color backgrounds, a green screen, a black back drop and atmospheric effects are also available for an additional rental fee. Located at the intersection of Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn's creative hub, the studio is easily accessible by subway or car. By subway take the L Train to the Jefferson. By car we're located on Johnson Ave between Varick and Stewart. Street parking is available. Over 12 people: additional one time fee of $100
SuperHost
Big, rustic 'country house' in Flatbush, Brooklyn
  • $145/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (15)
  • 15
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Our rambling Brooklyn Victorian frame house with front porch is cozy inside, worn but welcoming outside--rustic, can be dressed to be homey ("Grandma's house") or sinister or sketchy. Lots of room in front and back yard for exterior shots and equipment; high ceilings in first floor hallway; country kitchen and "shabby-chic" living room and bedroom; light-filled central staircase with big landings; and darn scary-looking (but safe) unfinished basement (think "Silence of the Lambs"). The house has starred in 2 episodes of "Law & Order" and one "Person of Interest" along with indie movies and commercial shoots. Garden, driveway also available. We comply fully and carefully with all industry-standard Covid-19 precautions, and all crew inside and outside the house are expected to do the same.
SuperHost
Manhattan Recording Studio with a Skyline View
  • $85/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (6)
  • 6
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
This room is a state-of-the-art recording studio. It is located on the sixteenth floor in suite 1610. This studio boasts the most breathtaking views in NYC along with the top-of-the-line standards in recording studio equipment. The studio features Pro Tools HD3 accel; HD192 i/o; Pro Control surface ; Mac Pro; Neve Portico; Nuemann U87 mic; Genelec 1031 monitors, Tannoy Mains, Waves Dimond plug-ins;+many other plug-ins and gear.
SuperHost
Manhattan Bright & Spacious Studio Eq Included
  • $55/hr
  • New
  • 4.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
If you are looking for a professional, clean studio in middle of Manhattan at affordable prices, you may have found the right spot. Our 800 sqft studio in Midtown could be perfect for your next photo or video shoot. The studio is flushed with direct sunlight, comes with lighting equipment included in the price and a wide choice of seamless backgrounds!  NATURAL LIGHT: Studio has large windows facing South - so you get a lot of daylight as the sun moves through the sky throughout the afternoon. If you are looking for sunrays, the best time is from 10am onwards.  FURNITURE: There's a green chase and two brown faux-leather chairs available for your photoshoot with no additional cost!  EQUIPMENT: Comes with all the standard equipment and fixtures you need to have an amazing production with your crew, including 2 X Godox QT400IIM flashlights with different modifiers, and triggers for Nikon, Cannon and Sony. See the complete list below!  BACKDROP: We offer 12 different colors of backdrops and charge $20.00 per seamless pull. If you would like another color, please let us know 72 hrs in advance, and we will stock it for you for $80. ADD-ONS: Seamless Backdrops - $20 per pull Green Screen - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL200 - $30 (flat fee) Godox VL300 - $40 (flat fee) Additional Godox QT400IIM flashlights - $50 per item/max of 2 EIZO ColorEdge CS2420 24" External Monitor - $50 (flat fee) Additional Beauty Station - $50 (flat fee) CLEAN: We keep our studios absolutely clean - we are a bit obsessive about that! ON-SITE HELP: You will be greeted by our studio coordinator when you arrive, and in fact, we will put up the backdrop for you, free of charge! MUSIC: Talk to our Alexa devices and listen to your favorite station on Spotify! **PLEASE NOTE** - To keep the studio affordable for our clients, we don't charge a standard cleaning fee. So, please upkeep the space and leave it in the way it was presented. If the space is left unclean or disorganized, we will need to charge you a cleaning fee of $35. - We typically respond within an hour, can send you a video or do a facetime call, or would love for you to stop by and take a look before confirming your booking. We have few studio options in terms of natural light and size, and we want to make sure that you have a successful shoot! - The building does not have a doorman on Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays after 6pm. During those days/hours you will be responsible for physically letting in members of your team as they arrive. Key features: - Large studio: 800 sqft - Direct sunlight for high-end portraits - Right next to the Port Authority, 34th Street Penn Station and Times Square. - 12+ seamless colors, fabric backdrops and green screen - Strobes, softboxes, umbrellas included! - Air conditioned, Wifi, Steamer, Clothing racks, Alexa powered speakers + Spotify - AV cart, Posing stools, Posing table and Chaise sofa. Seamless Colors: - Super White, Black, Stone Grey, Pure White/Cream, Coral / Light Pink, Tulip / Pink, Blue Mist, Studio Blue, Orange, Canary / Yellow, Olive Green, Cocoa / Brown - Don't find what you need? Let us know, we can get it for you before your shoot.
SuperHost
Convenient Office Space in NY
  • $850/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
At this convenient address, discover floors of workspace and private offices. Our spaces are designed to promote productivity whether you’re a team of one or 100, and month-to-month flexibility means your space is just as agile as you are. Plus, one all-inclusive rate makes things easy. Any workspace can have a lounge, but ours are decorated with custom murals. Your old office might have had a coffee pot, but ours has a micro-roasted coffee bar and fresh fruit water. We’ve considered every detail so you can focus on your business. Beyond desks, staff, and amenities, find a community of forward-thinking companies and in-house events that connect you organically. More information on this location is coming soon, but we’re gladly accepting inquiries. Get in touch today to schedule a visit.
SuperHost
Museum and fine art venue: Location 1369
  • $750/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Museum and fine art venue Hourly rate shown is based on a still photo shoot with a crew/talent size of 15 or less for a minimum of 10 hours. To inquire about availability and rates for filming and/or larger impact bookings, send a message with the following details: - Job Name: - Job Type (Film, TV, Commercial, Photo, Music Video, etc.): - Dates Needed: - # of Hours Needed: - Specific Times Needed: - Areas of Location Needed: - Cast & Crew/Attendees Size:
SuperHost
Converted church home: Location 4131
  • $400/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Converted church home Hourly rate shown is based on a still photo shoot with a crew/talent size of 15 or less for a minimum of 10 hours. To inquire about availability and rates for filming and/or larger impact bookings, send a message with the following details: - Job Name: - Job Type (Film, TV, Commercial, Photo, Music Video, etc.): - Dates Needed: - # of Hours Needed: - Specific Times Needed: - Areas of Location Needed: - Cast & Crew/Attendees Size:
SuperHost
Modern NYC penthouse: Location 5098
  • $350/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Modern NYC penthouse with city view Hourly rate shown is based on a still photo shoot with a crew/talent size of 15 or less for a minimum of 10 hours. To inquire about availability and rates for filming and/or larger impact bookings, send a message with the following details: - Job Name: - Job Type (Film, TV, Commercial, Photo, Music Video, etc.): - Dates Needed: - # of Hours Needed: - Specific Times Needed: - Areas of Location Needed: - Cast & Crew/Attendees Size:

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About New York

The most influential city in America, New York City, has earned a reputation as a world city. It’s home to several iconic landmarks, including Fifth Avenue, Broadway, Wall Street, Harlem, Greenwich Village, and the most famous skyline in the world.

Five different boroughs, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, make up NYC. Each one is known for having a distinct lifestyle, and locals claim traveling to each is like visiting a different country. It’s the largest American metropolis and is home to over eight million people.

The city has a couple of nicknames, the Big Apple and city that never sleeps, and was historically called New Amsterdam and the Mayor. NYC is full of famous destinations such as Broadway, Harlem, and Wall Street.

It has spent the past two centuries as the wealthiest city in the United States. It’s known as a place full of possibilities and is famous for its busy hustle and bustle lifestyle. Because of all this, a New York City photo shoot location is a great choice.

Photo Shoot Options in New York

There is no shortage of New York photo shoot location options to choose from. Whether your venue is indoors or outdoors, there are experienced creatives who can work on every aspect of your shoot.

  • Planning
    Every type of event could benefit from an experienced planner, even a photo shoot. They can handle nearly every aspect, from small details to bigger picture features. By using an event planner, it can also take a lot of stress off of you and allow you more time to focus on the more important parts of your shoot.

  • Lighting
    Any New York photo shoot location could use the help of experienced lighting professionals. Lighting might not seem as important as other aspects of a shoot, but it can have a huge impact. Good lighting is extremely important in bringing your vision together.

  • Catering
    Depending on how long your photo shoot will last and how long people will have to be on location, it might be a good idea to provide catering services. This is a simple way to show your team you appreciate them, and New York is full of experienced caterers. Considering the city is a major melting pot, there are various types of cuisines to enjoy.

Photo Shoot Companies in New York

Your photo shoot will likely need the help of experienced companies, and New York has plenty of options to choose from. Here are a few popular choices.

  • Oxygen Eventworks
    Oxygen Eventworks is a full-service company in New York that can help with any lighting needs you have for your next photo shoot. They have worked on events of varying sizes in various types of spaces. With a stellar reputation in NYC, Oxygen Eventworks will not disappoint.

  • Dish Food & Events
    For over a decade, Dish Food & Events has been providing delicious meals for a number of different events. They have experience serving children’s parties, corporate events, and baby showers. No matter how many people you are feeding and what type of food you want, Dish Food & Events can make it for you.

  • Urban Art & Design
    One of the highest-rated event planning companies in New York is Urban Art & Design. For years, they have worked on corporate parties and special events, tailored to each client’s unique vision. Urban Art & Design can make your photo shoot the best it can be.

Pros and Cons of Photo Shoots in New York

Finding a New York photo shoot location has many benefits, but the city has cons to consider as well. Before finalizing your photo shoot location in New York, it’s always best to weigh the good and the bad.

Advantages

  • Public parks
    You can find a number of great public parks in New York, which act as scenic escapes from the busy city. Central Park is the most well known, taking up over 800 acres. There are an additional 1,700+ parks scattered throughout NYC.

  • Food scene
    The food scene in NYC is arguably one of the best in the world. The diversity of the city is present in the restaurants and food trucks found on every street. There are a number of high-class eateries, but there are just as many budget-friendly options.

  • Plenty to do
    One of the best parts of NYC is how much there is to do. You’ll never be able to experience it all in a single trip, and many locals haven’t even seen all that New York has to offer. There are museums, art galleries, nightclubs, and parks to name a few.

Disadvantages

  • Weather
    The weather in New York isn’t always great. The fall and spring are enjoyable, but both the winter and summer season can be unbearable. Winter months are bitterly cold, and the summer months are full of overwhelming heat and muggy humidity.

  • Noise
    Considering how busy NYC is, it’s no surprise how noisy it can be. You can expect to hear the sound of traffic and people any time of the day, or night. Near Broadway, it tends to be louder, especially in the morning. This noise is something that not even locals enjoy, they just learn to live with it.

  • The smell
    The smell in New York is something not everyone expects. There is garbage on the streets, and the subways are known for housing giant rats. The smell gets even worse in the summer when the heat becomes a factor.

Famous Locations in New York

  • One World Observatory
    The One World Observatory can be found in the One World Trade Center, which sits where the northern Twin Tower once stood. It took a decade to complete construction on the building, and it stands 1,776 feet tall. The observatory gives visitors a stunning 360-degree view of the city.

  • Ellis Island
    Ellis Island has been a tourist attraction since the 1890s and acted as the point where more than 10 million immigrants arrived in America. The best place to visit in the island is the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, which allows guests to take a walk through history.

  • Bryant Park
    Bryant Park is one of the most popular green spaces in NYC and holds another famous landmark, the New York Public Library. Each week during the summer months, the park hosts outdoor movie nights, and in the winter they open the outdoor ice-skating rink.
Broadway and W 50th Street
Bob Henriques/Pix/Michael Ochs Archives // Getty Images

Written by: Madison Troyer

20 photos of NYC in the 1950s

The 1950s are an interesting time in New York City’s history. Having been established as one of the world’s greatest cities following the end of World War II, New York was home to 7.89 million residents in the early parts of the decade. However, by the end of the ’50s, the effects of suburbanization, which saw residents and industries alike leaving for cheaper pastures, actually led to a significant decline in population that would hold until the early 1970s. With this decline in population came an increase in crime, growing wealth inequality, and an overall step back for the northern metropolis.

There were other, smaller, changes the city experienced as well—the shifting of neighborhoods, for example, as Chinatown began encroaching on Little Italy, or the proposed renovation of landmarks like Grand Central Station and Central Park. There were differences in the city’s economy, as certain industries began shrinking and more and more women joined the workforce. There was also plenty of growth—new museums, new buildings, new community groups.

It’s hard to explain in words exactly what New York was like during the 1950s. So Giggster combed historical archives to compile a collection of pictures that exemplify what the Big Apple was like during the decade. From Times Square newsstands to the daily commute, keep clicking to see what the world’s greatest city looked like some 70 years ago.

Advertising in Times Square
Pix/Michael Ochs Archives // Getty Images

The Ed Sullivan Show

The most definitive and longest-running variety show of all time, “The Ed Sullivan Show” was filmed in a studio just north of Times Square. Here, an advertisement hanging in “the center of the universe” celebrates the anniversary of the most popular series of the ’50s.

Crowds walking down Broad Street
Lawrence Thornton/Archive Photos // Getty Images

The rise of the career woman

The 1950s saw the rise of the career woman, especially in expensive and progressive cities like New York. Here, a trio of well-dressed women head to their offices in Manhattan’s financial district.

Cabs on a busy street
Ernst Haas // Getty Images

NYC cabbie culture

Tipping your cab driver became standard practice in the 1950s. On the other hand, certain things, like how much cabbies would charge per mile and the color of the cars themselves (yellow didn’t become the required color for medallioned taxis until 1967), weren’t at all standardized in the decade.

Magazine vendor at newsstand
Susan Wood // Getty Images

A Times Square newsstand

The 1950s marked the peak for independent newsstands in NYC. More than 1,500 of these booths were dotted around the city, selling everything from newspapers and magazines to cigarettes and candy.

Columbus Circle looking north
Circa Images/GHI/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

An aerial view of Columbus Circle

This aerial shot, taken in Columbus Circle (named for the monument located at its center) looking north on Central Park West and Broadway, shows what the midtown neighborhood looked like before high-rises took over and reconfiguration projects were completed.

People on 8th Avenue
Three Lions // Getty Images

A daily commute

A group of well-heeled New Yorkers embark on their daily commute along 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Served by both a bus and a subway, the avenue runs from the West Village up into Harlem.

Sunken Plaza at Rockefeller Center
Charles Phelps Cushing/ClassicStock // Getty Images

Rockefeller Plaza

For most of the year, Rockefeller Plaza is surrounded by the flags of dozens of United Nations member countries. Given the fact that the U.N. was only established five years before this photo was taken in 1950, the flags would have been a recent addition to the plaza, which had been built in the ’30s.

Clock and information center in Grand Central Station
R. Gates/Archive Photos // Getty Images

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station, a New York City institution since its construction in 1913, almost didn’t make it through the 1950s. When this photo was taken in 1955, two proposals were being considered by the New York Central System which would have seen the Beaux Arts building knocked down and replaced by a more streamlined, profitable space.

Deliveryman crossing Eighth Avenue
UPI/Bettmann Archive via Getty Images

The decline of the garment district

The 1950s marked a period of decline for New York’s garment district (and its industry) as more casual styles, which involved cheaper labor practices, became popular. Here, a deliveryman carts reams of fabrics across 8th Avenue for one of the few remaining factories.

Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Frederic Lewis/Archive Photos // Getty Images

Central Park

Central Park has always been a haven for New Yorkers who don’t have much access to green spaces. But in the 1950s, that could have all changed when the city’s parks commissioner, Robert Moses, proposed eliminating a great swath of the park, just north of Bethesda Fountain (pictured here) to create an indoor-outdoor senior citizens center. Fortunately, the public outcry was so great that he never moved forward with the plan.

Women In Little Italy
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Little Italy

In the 1950s, Little Italy was still a fairly large neighborhood with a fairly homogeneous population (about half of the area’s residents identified as Italian American). Here, a group of women congregates outside of one of the neighborhood’s grocery stores.

Street view of Chinatown
Harvey Meston/Archive Photos // Getty Images

Chinatown

The ’50s marked a period of growth for Chinatown, which neighbors Little Italy and essentially surrounds it today. This photo captures one of the neighborhood’s oldest streets, which was home to both Chinese and English businesses.

Men playing checkers in park
Ed Feingersh/Pix/Michael Ochs Archives // Getty Images

A game of chess

Parks have always played a large part in New Yorkers’ social lives. Here, a group of men relax with chess games in a Greenwich Village park.

Apartment buildings in the Bronx
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The Bronx

In the early 1950s, the Bronx was still a thriving, moneyed borough. The row houses, pictured here, would have been occupied by white and Jewish families. By the end of the decade, however, the acceleration of white flight meant the area was largely Black and Latino.

Sidewalk merchants on lower east side
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The Lower East Side

New Yorkers peruse sidewalk carts in the Lower East Side that sold everything from clothing to homewares. The area was a particularly ideal place to get delicacies that could typically only be found in other countries (Italy, Ireland, China, Germany, etc.).

Commuters at rush hour
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Rush Hour

Tired from a long day in the office, these New Yorkers head home on foot.

Couples dance at the El Morocco Nightclub
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El Morocco

Opened in 1931, El Morocco was New York’s biggest nightclub in the ’40s and ’50s. Frequented by the rich and famous, the hotspot was famous for its blue zebra-patterned booths and in-house photographer. In this image, taken to accompany the first print of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” couples dance cheek to cheek on the club’s main floor.

Kids Play in East River
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The Brooklyn Heights Promenade

In 1950, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a pedestrian walkway that affords unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, was opened. Here, a group of boys paddle around in a canoe in the East River, with a small portion of that view in the background.

Riders on the New York subway
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A newspaper strike

A newspaper strike in 1953, which resulted in the temporary shuttering of six daily papers, left these subway commuters with nothing to read while on their way to work.

Guggenheim Museum under construction
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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, opened in 1959. Here, the modern art gallery, which was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, can be seen during the early stages of its construction.