New York in the Twenties

By Abi King | The Americas

Jun 16

Downtown Manhattan

These grainy monochrome photos show New York City in the twenties.

Flatiron Building, New York

My twenties, rather than theirs.

A few months ago, it looked as though I’d be taking a bite out of the Big Apple again this week and in anticipation, I dug out these golden oldies. Yes, youngsters, these were actual prints rather than digital images. Whatever next, my school notes on slate? Travel via horse and cart? Woolly mammoth for breakfast?

New York in the Twenties

The Hand of Liberty

MACYS, New York City

The Torch of Liberty

Brooding Manhattan

Grand Central Station, New York

Oh, and by the way, they’re black and white because of a phase I was going through. I’m not that old…


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

lara dunston July 7, 2010

Love these photos! Looking forward to seeing more of New York. We’re here of course, for two weeks for Grantourismo, but apart from walk from our latest ‘home’ via Greenwich Village and Chinatown to the World Trade Centre site (how could we not look? We haven’t been here in 17 years!), we’ve barely left our East Village location. It’s sweltering out, so we’re staying close to home for now.

Can’t wait to see the photos Terence comes up with for our project though. These are so inspiring!

    Abi King July 12, 2010

    Thanks Lara (although I’m pretty sure that Terence will come up with a collection that’s far more impressive than this!) When I last saw the World Trade Centre site it was still empty – I’d be interested to see what’s taken its place by now.

lara dunston July 13, 2010

World Trade Centre is a bit of a construction site now, but not really a photogenic one. It will be very interesting to see what Terry’s pics look like. I haven’t looked yet actually.

    Abi King July 14, 2010

    I’ll have to look out for them as well.

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