The Roaring ’20s

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20 fascinating photos of New York City in the 1920s

By Lucie Levine, Tue, January 14, 2020

Welcome back to the Roaring ’20s, New York! Now that the new decade has officially dawned, we’re turning the clock back 100 years to see what the city was like the last time the calendar struck 20. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your next Great Gatsby-themed bash, ahead find 20 fantastic photos of New York during the Jazz Age, depicting everything from old Ebbets Field to the height of Prohibition.

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We love looking at footage from 1920s New York City and watching the bustling street life from a bygone era, but we aren’t nearly as familiar with its sounds. The Roaring Twenties, “an interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of New York City,” created by historian Emily Thompson, compiles a wealth of historic data to re-create and share the city’s sonic history, giving context to the sounds of the city in the 1920s and ’30s. In an introduction, there’s a quote from a 1920 New York Times article that speaks of how the city was “defined by its din.”

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