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Old 11-19-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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I just love the way NY and specifically Manhattan and Times Square looked like in the 1940s and the 1950s. The whole area declined in the 60s and as we all know it became gritty, crime-infested and dirty in the 70s, 80s and the beginning of the 90s but has significantly improved.

Ever since watching "Mouse In Manhattan" (Tom & Jerry) as a kid, I have wanted to see Times Square. However, when I went there I was disappointed - it looks nothing like it looked there. I guess time flies but I've heard there are cities and towns that have preserved their historic buildings better than NY. Times square to me looked like most classical buildings have been replaced or upgraded (like the One Times Square), so it has a different feel than the glitzy 1930s-1950s era. Quite more newish buildings with glass and stuff. I did not expect the North end of the square to look almost identical to the former NY Times building at One Times square in the Southern part. Up until the 80s there was a smaller and wider building there, and to me the ends of the square being different worked better, but I digress.

Does anyone know of a place, area, town or city that looks at least somewhat similar to that period NY? I guess I mean an area or a city which has more classical buildings, high rises and skyscrapers built between the late 1880s and the 1940s preserved. And are there any streets in NY itself where one can feel those eras? Last time I couldn't see much except for the most popular landmarks.
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:22 PM
 
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Greenwich Village has that feel in many areas and if looking for more of a vertical presence (the Village is mostly lowrise) places like The Bowery, Lower East Side and Nolita (all in Manhattan) would fit in my opinion.
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Old 11-20-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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Greenwich Village has that feel in many areas and if looking for more of a vertical presence (the Village is mostly lowrise) places like The Bowery, Lower East Side and Nolita (all in Manhattan) would fit in my opinion.
I'd like to add The Financial District (very bottom tip of Manhatttan). It is the oldest part of Manhattan, and has plenty of old buildings that are very well-preserved, including old skyscrapers from the time period you provided. Some of the oldest skyscrapers in NYC.


As far as other cities go, I'm not sure if any other city is going to have a similar feel to NYC, from any time period. I think it's also worth mentioning that this is the time period where Manhattan peaked in population. Manhattan today does not have as many people as it did in the 1940s and 1950s. So people think that the Manhattan of today is crazy/crowded, but back then it was even more so, and it's probably not an easy feeling to recreate, and idk if any other city in the US can

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Old 11-20-2016, 11:34 PM
 
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Most of the residential buildings in NYC were built before the 50s, often way earlier.
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Old 11-20-2016, 11:36 PM
 
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Most of the buildings you see here are a million years old.

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7210...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:08 AM
 
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Sure, but unfortunately they destroyed many classics in Times square since the 1960s. I mean that Times building renovation from the 60s made it look generic.
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:57 PM
 
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Sure, but unfortunately they destroyed many classics in Times square since the 1960s. I mean that Times building renovation from the 60s made it look generic.
Times Square sucks. Ask any New Yorker. We all try to avoid that place. Forget about Times Square. It's just a tourist trap with a bunch of chain stores with overpriced gift shops and people dressed in costumes trying to take your money.

Check out some of the other areas that me and Kyle suggested. If you want older scyscrapers check out the Southern end of Manhattan, which is the oldest part of all of NYC.
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Old 11-21-2016, 04:03 PM
 
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East Village:
https://goo.gl/maps/So95rKVq6Po
https://goo.gl/maps/vXkm8e4ZDLt

Lower East Side:
https://goo.gl/maps/pSBioERhGmC2

TriBeCa:
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https://goo.gl/maps/yoGLumnxcss

Meatpacking
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Brooklyn Heights
https://goo.gl/maps/EBYxT1iPRFS2

Cobble Hill
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Old 11-21-2016, 04:04 PM
 
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A lot of Philadelphia still looks like that.
Society Hill:
https://goo.gl/maps/rLx6KtLcDVt
https://goo.gl/maps/TJV36Cj4Viy

Rittenhouse Square
https://goo.gl/maps/wvwya2yHk1Q2
https://goo.gl/maps/RkaZYzLezbE2

Washington Square West
https://goo.gl/maps/4W24uboSRqq

Filter Square
https://goo.gl/maps/AJ3FrX1KV322

Fairmount/Art Museum
https://goo.gl/maps/KoG5bhEpWrx

Northern Liberties
https://goo.gl/maps/WRieEAch9Qt
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:38 AM
 
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Yeah see, tons of New York still has that old school feel architecturally.
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