Manhattan in the 1930s
These vintage photos will make you yearn for the Gotham of yesteryear
When photographer Berenice Abbott returned to New York City in 1929after an eight-year absence, she was greeted by a gleaming maze of skyscrapers; the city had spent the roaring '20s engaged in an unprecedented construction boom. Inspired, Abbott dedicated herself to capturing New York's new face.
As Abbott began her exhaustive project, the stock market suffered a devastating crash. The photographer struggled to keep up with her documentation through the Depression. But she was awarded support in 1935 through the Federal Art Project, and in 1940, Changing New York was completed. In 302 photos, Abbott managed to capture a bustling and diverse urban landscape that was already home to some of Gotham's most iconic buildings, yet still had so much more room to grow. Below, take a peek at Manhattan as it was some eight decades ago.