Manhattan in the 1930s

These vintage photos will make you yearn for the Gotham of yesteryear

Manhattan skyline

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.

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Lauren Hansen

Lauren Hansen produces The Week’s podcasts and videos and edits the photo blog, Captured. She also manages the production of the magazine's iPad app. A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she previously worked at the BBC and Frontline. She knows a thing or two about pretty pictures and cute puppies, both of which she tweets about @mylaurenhansen.