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New York City in the Sixties


The sixties were special with cultural revolutions in NYC as well as around the world, specially in civil rights. There was some economic decay in the City and small increase in population, from 7.78 million in 1960 to 7.89 million in 1970. Big convertible cars run through the streets, urban governance declined and crime skyrocketed. The sixties were marked by social movements for peace, civil rights, specially for African American people, birth control information,

In 1963, the above-ground part of the original Pennsylvania Station was demolished to make way for the new Madison Square Garden, which opened in 1968.

The New York World's Fair hosts millions of people from: from April to October, in 1964 and 1965.

The federal Immigration Act of 1965 abolished national-origin quotas and set the stage for increased immigration from Asia.

In 1966, the US Navy decommissioned the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Yard continued as a site for shipbuilding for another eleven years.

In 1968, tennis player Arthur Ashe won the US Open, the first African American player to win a Grand Slam title. In the same year, the iconic Singer Building on Broadway, once the world's tallest building, was demolished.

The sixties ended with the iconic Woodstock festival in upstate New York, a ticker tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts on the Canyon of Heroes (Broadway) and protests to end Vietnam War.

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Old City of New York


5th Avenue 40th Street

New York Public Library at 40th Street.




World Fair NY


Ticker tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts in New York City on the section of Broadway known as the Canyon of Heroes. The photo is taken from near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, looking south as the parade proceeds northward. Source: NASA Human Space Flight Gallery.


Billboards Times Square


West 72nd Street


UN Headquarters


Old Trading Floor


Rockefeller Center


Pan Am Building


Tribune Building 1966


Aerial photo NY


Water Street NY


Waldorf Astoria


Singer Tower NY


New York 1964


Theater NYC


Canyon Heroes


Motorcade NY


1962 - Little Denise Davidson, 5 months old, sleeps peacefully while her mother, Mrs. Donald Davidson, of 278 Clinton St., Brooklyn, marches with ban-the-bomb group outside the United Nations to protest resumption of Atomic bomb tests by the United States (World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico / Library of Congress).




New York City in the Sixties