Marvellous Photographs of Manhattan in 1936

The great big city's a wondrous toy just made for a girl and boy, We'll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy... (Lorenz Hart)

Manhattan 1936

West Street 115-119 – photo Berenice Abbott

Manhattan 1936

Washington Street. Berenice Abbott

Manhattan 1936

5th Avenue – 58th Street

Manhattan 1936

32nd Street – Broadway

Manhattan 1936

Bowery and Doyers Street

I’ll Take Manhattan
Summer journeys to Niagara and to other places
Aggravate all our cares, we’ll save our fares
I’ve a cozy little flat in what is known as old Manhattan
We’ll settle down right here in town
We’ll have Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island too
It’s lovely going through the zoo
It’s very fancy on old Delancy Street, you know
The subway charms us so, when balmy breezes blow to and fro
And tell me what street compares with Mott Street in July?
Sweet pushcarts gently gliding by
The great big city’s a wondrous toy just made for a girl and boy
We’ll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy
We’ll go to Yonkers where true love conquers in the whiles
And starve together, dear, in Chiles
We’ll go to Coney and eat baloney on a roll
In Central Park we’ll stroll, where our first kiss we stole, soul to soul
And “My Fair Lady” is a terrific show, they say
We both may see it close some day
The city’s glamor can never spoil the dreams of a boy and goil
We’ll turn Manhattan into an isle of joy
Songwriters: Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers
Manhattan lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Carlin America Inc

 

Manhattan 1936

Columbus Circle.

Manhattan 1936

Dey Street – West Street

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Henry Street – [Municipal building.]

Manhattan 1936

Hester Street – Allen Street.

Manhattan 1936

outh Street – Pike Slip.

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South Street Corner James Street

Manhattan 1936

Thames Street

Manhattan 1936

75th Street (West) – Amsterdam Avenue

Manhattan 1936

2nd Avenue – 71st Street (East)

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75th Street (West) – Amsterdam Avenue

Manhattan 1936

Hester Street – Allen Street.

Photographs courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections