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  • $350/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
7,000 square foot open space in a 1905 industrial building with 15' ceilings, original hardwood floors, two full walls of 8' x 10' windows with unobstructed northern and eastern views of Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan. Original details include single-pane industrial windows, minimal exposed pipes, wooden columns and white painted brick. It's Brooklyn location is easily accessible from lower Manhattan, while boasting all the conveniences of the Red Hook, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods. * Top floor (3rd floor) space, stairs with freight elevator access opening into space * 7,000 usable square feet * 15' ceilings * 600 square ft polished concrete platform with functioning drain * 8' x 10' windows with Northern and Eastern views * (2) 200 amp panels of 3 phase power with 100 amp CamLok service at each *Full studio blackout option * Sound system w/ Airplay * Original hardwood floors * Fire escape * Street parking * Street-level access ramps and loading dock (125" W x 96" H) * Freight elevator (door: 52.5" W x 84" H; inside: 69" W x 125" L x 91" H) * Private bathrooms * High speed WiFi * Wheelchair accessible * Photo/film equipment rental available * Fine art rental available  * Blocks from from supply/appliance/home goods stores IKEA, Home Depot, and Lowe's * Filtered hot/cold water Located at the end of Smith Street on the Gowanus Canal, in an industrial area with continuous access to street parking, ideal for load-in and load-out. Driving: * 15-minute drive from Lower Manhattan via the Battery Tunnel * 3 blocks off Exit 26 on Interstate 278 (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) Public Transportation: * 10-minute walk from Smith/9th Streets on the F/G trains * Blocks from B57 and B61 buses LANDLORD DOES NOT ALLOW WEDDINGS
Photo Studio with Cyclorama & 4K Video Wall
  • $55/hr
  • New
  • 4.8 (32)
  • 32
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
This studio space offers great space for any kind of photo shoot or video you have in mind. This space comes with white cyc wall, (3) single color continuous lights w/ stands & 24" x 16" soft boxes. Each light switchable between 400watts & 800 watts. For other lights, seamless paper backdrops and props you can rent them as add-ons. There is a person capacity of 8 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Midtown 1000sqft Daylight Studio
  • $79/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (3)
  • 3
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Looking for a clean, large and professional space in Manhattan for your next photo or video shoot? Our 1000sqft, fully equipped studio in Midtown Manhattan might be a perfect fit! The studio is flushed with daylight throughout the day and comes with lighting equipment included in the price and a wide choice of seamless backgrounds! And, the studio has clear direct views of Empire State Building - for your out of town crew and clients. 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 east south - so you get a lot of daylight as the sun moves through the sky throughout the afternoon. FURNITURE: You can use all the furniture that's in the studio (we have it delivered, pics pending - send us a message). We run 4 other studios at this location, so we can get what you need. EQP: Comes with all the standard equipment 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. We have a bunch of continuous lights as well, please let us know in the booking request if you need one. See the complete list below! BACKDROP CHOICES: We offer 12+ 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. Check the colors below! We also have dark green and grey fabric backdrops, and a green screen backdrop. 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: 1000 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.
Spacious Photo + Video Studio in Greenpoint BK
  • $68/hr
  • New
  • 4.9 (11)
  • 11
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
This is a welcoming photography and video space located in an old factory next to the East River in Greenpoint. There is a big window side that allows natural light to come in throughout the day and open space to stage equipment and props. If needed, the space can be blacked out. The studio is located on the second floor and easily accessible with elevators. The Neighborhood is hip with a lot of cafes, bars and restaurants. The building is well maintained and safe.Theres a 24hr security guard and you have access to restrooms on every floor. The Greenpoint subway station is 5 minutes walk away. We offer: Studio Rentals, Equipment Rentals and Production Services.
Classic NYC Studio with Art Deco Window
  • $115/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (11)
  • 11
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
We are very centrally located in Noho at Houston and Broadway with easy access from all the boroughs via the B,D,F,M & 6 trains. The building has a door man and both passenger and freight elevators. There isn't parking directly in the building but there are multiple paid lots around the building in the direct vicinity and also meter parking available depending on the date and time.
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
Spacious Loft Photography Studio
  • $95/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Large loft photography studio located in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Perfect for bigger productions, master classes and events. Our equipment Godox QS400II Flash x 2 Godox SL-200 LED Video Light x 1 Aputure Light C300d Mark II LED x 1 Octagon Softbox (36") x 1 Octagon Softbox (48") x 1 Softbox rectangular (32 x 48") x 2 Strip Softbox (9 x 36") x 1 Beauty Dish (22”) x 1 Reflector with Handles (42") x 1 C-Stand x 2 V-FLAT x 1 Flash triggers (Canon/Nikon/Sony) Tripod with 494 Ball Head x 1 Sandbags Apple Boxes x 2 Steamer Speaker Chaires x 40 Tables x 4 Yoga mats x 14 Water Cooler
Open Photo Studio In So Ho
  • $400/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
3,400 sqft Space for shooting film, music videos, commercials, photography, and even holding spaces. Venue-Rental includes: - On-Site Studio Manager - Fluorescent Track Lighting - Heating + A/C - WiFi Access - Bathroom Toiletries - After-Event Cleaning Additional Items for Rent: - Immersive Projector System - 16-Speaker JBL Soundscape System - Gallery Track-Lighting System (Free Installation) - White (Polished) Bars - White Padded Chairs - White Tables - White Coat Racks - Uplights - And Much More!!!
Elegant, Modern, Central Park Photo & Film Studio
  • $300/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Photo studio space with private makeup/lounge room located right by Central Park! Perfect for photo shoots and small video productions as well as to use as a base to shoot at the amazing locations nearby. Featured in leading fashion magazines including Teen Vogue, Shape, Jute, Horizont, Elegant, New face and more. Shooting equipment, photo+video lights and unlimited backdrop changes included! Modern and tasteful space. Great Natural Light all day and wonderful direct sunlight in the evenings. Option to darken or black out the studio. Fully functional studio space with adjoining private makeup area, lounge and modern kitchen located in a beautiful Manhattan neighborhood. Professional Photography services are available as well (Please inquire if interested). STUDIO AREA Features an adjustable background system with 86" Black & White seamless and 53" colors High end Preview, Edit and Print bay with color accuracy Large 55" Samsung The Frame 4K LED TV (looks like a painting frame!) Benq Color accurate Display with support for mac/pc High speed internet and Wifi. Designer Bluetooth Speakers MAKEUP AREA Hollywood style luxury vanity with lights and power outlet. Fold down table Loungers Adjustable garment rack Additional Tables and Chairs KITCHEN Microwave and Coffee Machine and complementary coffee. Modern classy kitchen range - great for cooking/food shoots EQUIPMENT (Free to use) Black and White V Flat Matthews C stands x2 Boom arm for C Stand Medium light stands x2 Small light stands x2 Photo/Video hybrid tripod Large 5 in one reflectors Monopod Manfrotto Autopole 2 adjustable backdrop system Manfrotto Magic arm Manfrotto super clamps x2 A clamps Small step ladder Large collection of Seamless Paper Backgrounds Strobe lighting package Paul C Buff Einstein 640 Studio Strobes (2 available) 22” Silver High Output Beauty Dish 8.5” High Output Reflector x 2 Relfectors, Grids, Softbox Video Lighting Package Canon 5d mark 3 camera body Lenses available (please inquire) Smoke machine FURNITURE 1 Luxury wooden Expandable table 4 barstool chairs 3 folding chairs 1 Folding table 1 Posing stool 2 Editing/Preview Desks + Climate controlled. 5th floor in an elevator building. Park and city view from windows and fire escape.
Photo studio and 5 Manhattan rooftops
  • $445/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • New York, NY
Photo studio & Rooftops in the heart of Manhattan. Rooftops total 4500 sq ft. Hourly rate shown is based on a still photo shoot with a crew/talent size of 15 or less for a minimum of 8 hours. To inquire about 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

New York City, commonly referred to as the city that never sleeps or the Big Apple, is one of the most influential cities in the United States. Three airports call NYC home, making it a hub for international travel. Each airport has direct flights to nearly every other country in the world.

It’s also one of the most populous cities in the world, with over eight million residents. It’s made up of five boroughs and spans over 300 square miles. Each of the boroughs, Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, has its own unique atmosphere.

For over two hundred years, New York has been the wealthiest city in America. It’s become a world city and is home to the most famous skyline in the world. This is one reason why a New York photo studio venue is so optimal.

Shortly after 1900, the city had the busiest port in the world, and it held that title until the 1950s. Despite the large number of tourists that visit the city each year, most of them don’t venture further than the area of Manhattan Island.

Photo Studio Professionals in New York

New York is a great city to consider for your next photo studio venue, and it’s full of creative people who can bring the entire shoot together. There are a number of options to consider, with high-end choices as well as budget-friendly services.


Lighting is extremely important for your New York photo studio venue, and it typically requires the help of professionals. An experienced company will have the expertise to make your vision a reality.


Having some refreshments provided at your photo studio venue is a good way to make sure everyone stays happy and in a good mood. It can show people that you appreciate their work, and NYC is full of professional caterers who can help you achieve this.

Event Planners

One of the best ways to keep from stressing yourself out too much with any event is by hiring an experienced planner. They can take care of nearly every detail and allow you more time to focus on the bigger features of your New York photo studio venue.

Professional Photographers

If you're planning to rent a photo studio in NYC, you probably already have a pro lined up for your photo shoot. If you don't have an expert set of eyes hired to capture your perfect pose just yet, good news. You'll have no problem finding a photographer in New York City. Armed with professional equipment, a knack for angles and lighting, and a creative process sure to make you shine, these experts deliver top-notch photo results in your preferred NYC photo studio rental.

Photo Studio Companies in New York

When it comes to your New York photo studio venue, the city is full of professional companies who are ready to help out. Be sure to find some local vendors and professionals who can take some of the work off your plate and provide you with the best equipment and unique props for the job.

Little Miss Party Planner

Little Miss Party Planner is an event planning company that aims to add fun to each event they work on. It has only been in the business for a few years, but it has established itself as a top planning company. The team at Little Miss Party Planner will plan your party from top to bottom.

Savory Hospitality

For more than seven years Savory Hospitality has been serving New York City and nearby areas. They have a range of services, including boxed meals and buffet-style catering. Whether you want a full five-course dinner or just appetizers, Savory Hospitality can work with you.

Tribeca Lighting Inc.

If you are mainly looking to rent lighting equipment to set up on your own then Tribeca Lighting Inc. is one of the best options in NYC. You can rent several different types of lighting equipment and other related supplies. Lighting is one of the most important features in a photo studio so make sure you get what you need.

Pros and Cons of Photo Studios in New York

There are pros as well as cons when it comes to using a photo studio rental in New York. While there are some great things about the city, there are drawbacks to think about too. Make sure you are well-informed before choosing your New York photo studio venue.


  • The city never sleeps
    New York earned its nickname as the city that never sleeps for a reason. There’s something to do at any time of day, or night, which is a great perk for night owls. NYC is full of bars, restaurants, and clubs that are open until the wee hours of the morning. From the bustling Midtown West business district home to the hip Brooklyn nightlife and entertainment scene in the Lower East Side, you can work your way around NYC one hotspot at time.
  • Public transport
    One big advantage of planning a photo shoot in this city is how efficient the public transportation network is. You can get anywhere you need to without ever needing your own car in this transport-friendly city. The money saved on not driving a car will also come in handy considering how expensive NYC is.
  • Fashion
    New York is one of the fashion capitals of the world, which is apparent when you see how most New Yorkers dress. There are always new fashion trends to follow in the city, and countless high-end shops to visit. Even with the famous fashion scene, locals are known for dressing however they want. If you're planning a fashion shoot, you can't go wrong in NYC.
  • Architecture
    NYC features some of the most diverse photo studio rental sites in the U.S. Whether you want an industrial backdrop with high ceilings and aged brick walls or need a sleek, professional photo setting with white walls and natural light in upscale Soho, New York has some excellent spaces to stage your photo shoot.


  • Cold winters
    Both the summer and winter seasons in New York can get unbearable. Spring and fall have the best weather, but winter is known to be brutal. From November to March, you can expect snowstorms and bone-chilling winds.
  • Blunt locals
    When in New York you’ll notice locals are blunt and to the point, which can come across as rude to many tourists. Other cities in the U.S. are known for hospitality, especially in the South, but NYC isn’t like them. New York locals don’t waste time pretending to be nice, and they rarely try to sugarcoat what they say.
  • Dirty
    New York is known for a lot of things, but having clean streets isn’t one of them. It was ranked as the dirtiest city in the country in 2018, and not much has changed in recent years. Some residents toss trash bags onto the sidewalk during garbage pickup days, which can make the streets just as smelly as they are dirty.

Famous Photo Shoot Locations in New York

Coney Island

Coney Island has been an escape for New York locals for years and has gained a reputation as one of the best places to visit in the city. It was once its own island until filled in with land to connect it to Long Island. One of the biggest appeals of Coney Island is the wooden roller coaster that was built in 1927.


Broadway has become a staple of pop culture today and is known around the world. Altogether, there are 41 venues on Broadway and each one has over 500 seats. It’s become a rite of passage for New York City locals and tourists alike to catch a Broadway show as soon as they can.

Museum of Modern Art

Some of the most famous pieces of art can be found at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. There are 150,000 art pieces in the museum, including the famous Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. They also host short-term exhibits throughout the year.

Buses, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
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Written by: Madison Troyer

20 photos of NYC in the 1920s

One of the nation's first metropolises, New York City has always been a center for commerce and culture. The 1920s were a vitally important decade in the shaping of the city, in that those years affected everything from industries to population makeup to the physical layout of its streets.

By the end of 1929, the city's population had almost topped 6 million. Although immigration restrictions were put in place in 1924, the tide of newcomers hardly stemmed, and nearly 35% of the city's residents were foreign-born. These residents—who largely came from Russia, Italy, Ireland, Germany, and China—brought with them years of experience and expertise in dozens of fields, but primarily in apparel. It was their contributions to the clothing and textile industries that helped to solidify New York as the fashion capital of the world.

The arrival of all these new folks, as well as the business and industries they brought with them, also meant New York found itself in dire need of more space to house families and companies. So the city built up, and the 1920s saw a skyscraper boom—the Chrysler Building was erected around this time. It wasn't just Midtown that underwent these massive changes, but Harlem as well.

The First Great Migration (which hit its peak during the '20s) brought some 200,000 Black Americans from the Deep South to Harlem. The Uptown neighborhood became something of a mecca and inspired a renaissance in Black music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, politics, and scholarship that the city is still benefiting from to this day.

It's hard to paint a true picture of how greatly the 1920s changed New York City in words alone, so Giggster scoured historical archives to compile a collection of 20 photos that best illustrate what life was like in the city that never sleeps 100 years ago. From aerial views of neighborhoods to street-level glimpses of daily life, these photos bring the city to life in a whole new way.

Aerial view looking north over Battery Park and Lower Manhattan
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A bird's-eye view

Taken in 1923, this aerial view of Lower Manhattan features Battery Park, the South Ferry Terminal, and, in the distance, the Woolworth building, which was the tallest building in New York throughout the 1920s.

Man buys a newspaper at a newsstand on Times Square
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Times Square

Named after the New York Times building that was erected on its southern end in 1905, Times Square didn't become the hub it is today until the 1920s—when all of the subway lines, elevated railroad lines, and bus lines added stops along 42nd Street.

Street view of Broadway and 47th Streets
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The Palace Theater

Near the northern end of Times Square lies the Palace Theater, one of New York's oldest and most popular Broadway playhouses. Pictured here in the 1920s, the Palace would have been a thriving vaudeville theater, considered the flagship destination for the genre's performers.

Rail commuters on train.
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The El

By the 1920s, the elevated train—one of New York's first attempts at a borough-connecting public transit system—was on its way to extinction. With the development of the underground subway (which, by this decade, connected Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens), the slower-moving above-ground trains were quickly becoming relics of the past.

Taxi drivers stand beside new cabs
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The city's famed yellow cabs

Arguably the most iconic New York City yellow cab, the checkered taxi, first began picking up passengers in 1922. Unlike later iterations of this famous line, the original yellow cabs were mostly black, with the now-iconic yellow in evidence only on the cab's doors. In that decade, there were some 7,000 yellow cabs rolling up and down the city's streets.

Traffic cop in Harlem
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The Harlem boom

While the city was largely still segregated throughout the 1920s, Harlem had become the Black capital of the nation. Between 1910 and 1930, the Black population in the neighborhood grew by a whopping 40%, transforming into the flourishing center of Black culture and art.

Busy corner on Orchard and Rivington Streets
Irving Browning/The New York Historical Society // Getty Images

The Lower East Side

Another of the city's most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the 1920s was the Lower East Side. For decades, the neighborhood had been welcoming many of the city's immigrants, and in the early parts of the 20th century, it became home to thousands of Eastern European Jews, many of whom were fleeing conflicts in their home countries.

Two women stand beside car
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The fashion capital of the world

New York has long been considered the fashion capital of the world, and in the 1920s socialites like Cornelia Prime (left) and Katrinka Suydam (right) were setting trends with their simple lines, shorter hemlines, and cloche hats.

Workers eat lunch atop beam
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A skyscraper boom

The late 1920s ushered in a skyscraper construction spree. As the city's population boomed, more space was needed for apartments and offices. Here, several workers take a break, stories above street level, while working on a Vesey Street tower.

Crowds shopping on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue
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Shop til you drop

In the late 1800s, Herald Square (located in Midtown Manhattan along 34th Street) was known for the various newspaper headquarters that were scattered around it. But by the 1920s, those newspaper buildings were gone, replaced by some of the city's biggest department stores—Macy's, Gimbels, B. Altman & Co.—making it one of the city's premier shopping destinations.

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The Bowery

New York City's oldest street, best known for its "skid row" reputation, was packed with speak-easies during the 1920s. With prohibition in full swing, bars offering a cocktail called Smoke (a mixture of water and fuel alcohol that cost just 15 cents) were crammed in the back of ordinary shops and frequented by the area's most shady characters.

Lower Eastside Pushcarts and shoppers
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Pushcart culture

Many of the immigrants who settled in the Lower East Side were unable to find jobs in line with the ones they had held in their native countries, so they turned to pushcarts. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, you could buy anything—from food to eyeglasses to dishes—from the hundreds of pushcarts that lined the neighborhood's streets. Here, Jewish New Yorkers peruse the wares as they prepare for Passover.

Kids Diving into the East River
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A summer swim

Due to pollution and litter, today's New Yorkers would never think to take a swim in the dirty East River. However, 100 years ago, the river's chilly, mostly clean water was the perfect remedy on a 100-degree day.

Boys with model airplanes in Central Park
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Celebrating a record-setting flight

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh left New York City in his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, to attempt to become the first man to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. His departure and successful arrival in Paris were celebrated far and wide, including by these young men in Central Park who competed in a rubber band airplane derby.

Police and crowd watching men remove wine barrel
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New York City tackles Prohibition

New York City treated Prohibition like a mere suggestion rather than a hard-and-fast law. While the city shut down its various bars and champagne rooms, an equal or greater number of speak-easies popped up in back rooms and down back alleyways. Occasionally, these underground spots would be raided (as pictured here), with the city claiming possession of the illegal wine and spirits.

Window shopping for shoes at I. Miller
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A dream come true

Millions of people flock to New York City desperate to make their dreams come true. Israel Miller—the Prussian immigrant behind I. Miller & Sons (a shoe company worth $8 million in 1929)—was one of the lucky few who succeeded. Above, several women lust after his footwear in the window of a retail shop near Grand Central Station.

North Side Of 125th Street & Eight Avenue In Harlem
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The Apollo Theater

When it first opened in 1913, Harlem's Apollo Theater was named Hurtig & Seamon's Music Hall. Shown here with its original name and marquee, the famed theater hosted burlesque shows throughout the 1920s and wouldn't become a hot spot for Black musicians and performers until the early 1930s.

Crowds in front of Loew’s State Theater
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Loew's State Theater

A massive movie palace, Loew's State Theater opened up in Times Square in 1921. Here, moviegoers flock around the theater's front entrance, hoping to get a glimpse of Leo, the MGM lion.

Dancers at The Cotton Club
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The Cotton Club

The Cotton Club—Harlem's premier nightclub during the 1920s and the launching pad for dozens of the era's greatest Black performers—opened its doors in 1923. Although nearly all of its performers and staff were Black, the club initially only admitted white patrons.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Now considered a staple as essential as the turkey and mashed potatoes, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade isn't actually as old as the holiday itself. The department store sponsored the first event back in 1924, and it has run (nearly) every year since. Here, Santa Claus closes the festivities, ringing in the Christmas season just as he does today.