News NYC in the 1960s: See striking photos from another era in New York City By amNY.com staff Updated May 25, 2017 1:40 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Whether you're a history buff, love photography or maybe feel like you were born in the wrong decade, these photos of New York City in the 1960s offer a glimpse into city life during another era. From sitting on the subway to painting the Empire State Building, take a look at photos ranging from every day street life to major events that shaped the '60s in New York City. Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1965 Photo Credit: Newsday / Marvin Sussman John Baur, left, associate director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, center, Flora Whitney Miller, president of the museum, and architect Marcel Breuer Tour, admire the final stage of the building's construction on Oct. 21, 1965. Catholic Worker Movement headquarters in 1965 Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Nightingales Two men stand outside the offices of the Catholic Worker Movement organization at 175 Chrystie St. in Manhattan on Nov. 9, 1965. That day, a member of the group, Roger LaPorte, set himself on fire in front of the United Nations building in protest over the Vietnam war. LaPorte died a day later. New York World's Fair in 1965: Teens camp out Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Morseman Teens camp out near the entrance to the New York World's Fair on April 20, 1965, hoping to be among the first through the gates when the fair opens for the season. Gary Schuster, 17, of New Jersey, waited two days at the head of the line, but was beat out as first to enter by Leonard Landeman, 16, of Plainview, when multiple turnstiles were opened at once. Mayfair Theatre in 1968 Photo Credit: Newsday / Alan Raia The marquee for the Mayfair Theatre on West 46th Street advertised "Live Burlesk" on Feb. 20, 1968. Empire State Building workers in 1962 Photo Credit: Newsday / Cliff De Bear Eggert Johannsen, of Brooklyn, and Harry Dane, of the Bronx, fasten their safety belts while working outside of the 85th floor of the Empire State Building in July 1962. The pair were part of a crew working on a renovation of the skyscraper's exterior. Actors' Equity Association strike in 1968 Photo Credit: Newsday / Stan Wolfson An Actors' Equity Association strike ruined the plans of some high school seniors from Vermont, at left, who had travelled to Manhattan to see a play. Two picketing actors are seen on June 17, 1968, during the three-night strike which closed 19 Broadway shows and affected 700 performers. A view from the Empire State Building in 1964 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus Tourists from Brazil and Germany take in the view from the observation deck on the 85th floor of the Empire State Building on Jan. 16, 1964. Painting the Empire State Building in 1962 Photo Credit: Newsday / Cliff De Bear Jack Engleman, of the Bronx, and Harry Dane, of Bayside, Queens, begin work painting the tower of the Empire State Building on Aug. 2, 1962. The men are standing in an enclosure that houses one of the beacon lights adorning the skyscraper. St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1964 Photo Credit: Newsday / James O'Rourke Cardinal Francis Spellman leaves the reviewing stand and descends the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral to greet a group of marchers in the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 1964. Old Penn Station building in 1962 Photo Credit: Newsday / James O'Rourke Pickets march in front of the old Penn Station, protesting the demolition of the building on Aug. 2, 1962. Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx in 1969 Photo Credit: Newsday / Tom Maguire A view of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx on March 26, 1969. At left is a pillar of the Bruckner Expressway. Playboy Club strike in 1967 Photo Credit: Newsday / Stan Wolfson A lone "bunny" walks the picket line outside the Playboy Club in Manhattan on Feb. 6, 1967, during a strike. USS Duluth at the New York Naval Shipyard in 1966 Photo Credit: Newsday / Tom Maguire The USS Duluth, the last ship constructed at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, hits the dock as she is pulled by a tugboat on Feb. 1, 1966. The ship sustained a small gash above the water line. The shipyard was closed at the end of June 1966 as a governmental cost-saving effort after 146 years in service. Riding the subway in 1964 Photo Credit: Newsday / Lawrence Mulvehill A woman rides the subway at night on the Brighton Beach line in Brooklyn on June 1, 1964. Waiting for the ferry to Staten Island in 1961 Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Nightingale Before the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964, the main way to get to Staten Island from Manhattan or Brooklyn was by ferry. In this June 29, 1961, photo, cars wait at the dock for a ferry. Giordano's Market on Staten Island in 1964 Photo Credit: Newsday / Marvin Sussman Giordano's Market located at Hylan Boulevard and Cromwell Avenue on Staten Island on June 5, 1964. Model homes on Staten Island in 1965 Photo Credit: Newsday / Tom Maguire As parts of Staten Island were being rapidly developed, three model homes were ready for viewing on July 14, 1965. The Hylan Terrace Homes models were located at Tysens Lane and Amboy Road. JFK Airport, then known as Idlewild Airport, in 1960 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Nightingale The New York International building at Idlewild Airport in Jamaica, Queens, on Feb. 14, 1960. The airport was renamed in honor of John F. Kennedy in December, 1963. Snow on the Grand Central Parkway in 1969 Photo Credit: Newsday Cars stuck in snow on the Grand Central Parkway, at the Shea Stadium exit, in Queens on Feb. 10, 1969. Mets at Shea Stadium in 1969 Photo Credit: Newsday / Joe Dombroski In the top of the 9th inning, confetti starts to fly at Shea Stadium on Sept. 24, 1969. The Mets had clinched the National League Division title with their victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sanitation strike in 1968 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood Garbage trucks sit idle at sanitation garage No. 63 near Bell Boulevard in Bayside, Queens, during a sanitation strike on Feb. 6, 1968. Sanitation strike in 1968: Garbage piled high Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Nightingale Women walk past stacks of garbage on West 11th Street during the sanitation strike on Feb. 5, 1968. Sanitation strike in 1968: Piles of garbage Photo Credit: Newsday / Alan Raia Piles of garbage sit on East 43rd Street during the sanitation strike on Feb. 6, 1968. Blackout in 1965: Red Cross helps out Photo Credit: Newsday / Marvin Sussman A Red Cross wagon offers coffee to stranded passengers at the LIRR station in Jamaica, Queens, during the blackout on Nov. 9, 1965. Blackout in 1965: Waiting for the phone booth Photo Credit: Newsday / John Curran A line of people wait for the telephone in front of Grand Central Terminal during the blackout on Nov. 9, 1965. Blackout in 1965: Commuters scramble to get home Photo Credit: Newsday / John Curran A large searchlight illuminates Penn Station in Manhattan as commuters try to figure out how they'll get home during the blackout on Nov. 9, 1965. Blackout in 1965: Stranded commuters Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Cavanagh Stranded commuters take advantage of a new car on display in the lobby of Grand Central Terminal during the blackout on Nov. 9, 1965. Blackout in 1965: JFK Airport taxi lines Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Maguire Air travelers line up for taxis at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens during the blackout on Nov. 9, 1965. New York World's Fair in 1965 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus People attend the season's opening day of the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on April 21, 1965. Top of the Fair restaurant in 1965 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Morseman A nighttime view from the "Top of the Fair," a 1,100-seat restaurant at the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on April 21, 1965. New York World's Fair in 1965: A view from above Photo Credit: Newsday Aeriel view of a portion of the New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Sept. 6, 1965. Peace Corps trainees in 1962 Photo Credit: Tom Maguire Peace Corps trainees Jacquelyn Roberto and Richard Schenk on Amsterdam Avenue and 92nd Street on Oct. 10, 1962. Barbra Streisand at 'Funny Girl' premiere in 1968 Photo Credit: Newsday / Ken Spencer Barbra Streisand and husband Elliott Gould enter the Criterion Theater at Broadway and 43rd Street in Manhattan for the premiere of Streisand's film "Funny Girl" on Sept. 18, 1968. Protest in Washington Square Park in 1961 Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus Folklorist Israel Young leads a protest against a ban on folk music in Washington Square Park on April 9, 1961. Protest signs read "Folk singers here, not Long Island." Folk singers in Washington Square Park in 1964 Photo Credit: Bob Luckey Folk singers gathered in Washington Square Park on Aug. 2, 1964. Greenwich Village in 1965 Photo Credit: Bill Senft A nighttime view of people walking down the street in Greenwich Village on Dec.17, 1965. Chinese New Year celebration in 1965 Photo Credit: Alan Raia A celebration of the Chinese New Year 4663, the year of the serpent, in Chinatown on Feb. 2, 1965. Chinese New Year celebration in 1965 Photo Credit: Alan Raia Dragons dance in the street in Chinatown, ushering in the Chinese New Year 4663, the year of the serpent, on Feb. 2, 1965. Dinoland exhibit from the World's Fair in 1965 Photo Credit: Cliff De Bear Sally Steele of the Sinclair Oil Corp's Dinoland exhibit sets a model dinosaur back on its pedestal on July 2, 1965, while the Botsford family of Connecticut looks on. The dinosaur was one of two models that were returned to the World's Fair exhibit at Flushing Meadows Park after three college men had stolen them as a prank. South Street Seaport in 1969 Photo Credit: Jim Cavanaugh Peter Stanford, president of the South Street Seaport, and Mayor John Lindsay at a ceremony marking the beginning of the Seaport restoration on May 15, 1969. The ceremony took place at Peck Slip and Front Street, the site of first Seaport building to be restored. Mayor John Lindsay rides the subway in 1967 Photo Credit: Alan Raia Mayor John Lindsay and city council president Frank O'Connor ride the subway back to City Hall after a news conference in support a transportation bond proposition on Nov. 6, 1967. Myrtle Avenue subway stop in 1969 Photo Credit: Newsday / Harvey Weber A woman waits on an elevated train platform on the Myrtle Avenue line in Brooklyn on Sept. 30, 1969. Days later, service was discontinued on the elevated portion of the line, which spanned 35 blocks from Jay Street in downtown Brooklyn to Broadway in Williamsburg. The Myrtle Avenue el featured New York City's last wooden subway cars. By amNY.com staff Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Check out these old photos from the '70s in NYCTake a step back in time with these notable photos from the 1970s in NYC. Here's what NYC was like in the 1980sForget the big hair and questionable clothing, here's what NYC was really like in the '80s. 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