Portraits of New York City in the 1930s

Photographs from 1930s New York City capture a time of scarcity but also show a dynamic urban landscape gearing up for the economic and social whirlwind of the mid-20th century.

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Federal Art Project/MCNY
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Sharing a drink on the waterfront in 1939. (Dave Robbins for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A newsstand in Harlem in 1939. (Sid Grossman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A view of Manhattan in 1935. (Mark Nadir for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A girl with a dollhouse in 1935. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A man on the waterfront in 1937. (David Robbins for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Women wait for a bus in 1935. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A lunchroom in 1938. (Sol Libsohn for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A man leans on a fire alarm box in 1935. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Shoeshine boys in Harlem in 1939. (Sid Grossman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Blowing a Shofar in 1937. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Employment lines in 1935. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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People outside Stauch's Movies in 1939 (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A dog gets a taste of ice cream in 1939. (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A boy on a fire escape in 1935. (Arnold Eagle for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A fortune teller on the boardwalk in 1939. (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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A boy in Coney Island Park in 1939. (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Patrons at Irving's Famous Malted Milk in 1938. (Sol Libsohn for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Passersby in Central Park in 1935. (Mark Nadir for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Distorting mirrors at the Steeple Chase in 1939. (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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Sunbathing on the boardwalk in 1939. (Andrew Herman for Federal Art Project/MCNY)
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