New York

Sip cocktails with F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Roaring Twenties, shake hands with David Dinkins as he becomes mayor, cheer as the New York Yankees win the World Series and watch Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Begin your journey through 100 years of New York history…




After almost 100 years of petitioning women finally have the right to vote. On 26 August 1920 the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution ensures that women have the same privileges as men, and they are finally considered full citizens of the United States of America.




The Volstead Act comes into play to prevent the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Otherwise known as Prohibition, this gives rise to the famed speakeasies of the era.  Alcohol consumption goes underground to popular spots like Club Intime, El Fey and the 300 Club. There is gossip on the streets of New York City – that The Yale Club has enough alcohol in its basement to last 14 whole years! How about that?


This is the 1920s, an era when jazz artists light up local New York venues like the Cotton Club. From Louis Armstrong to Coleman Hawkins and Don Redman, some of the biggest stars to come out of the Jazz Age try out different styles. Excess is everywhere and everybody’s dancing the Charleston!




The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) moves to a building in Midtown Manhattan to showcase everything from architecture and design to photography, drawings and print illustrated books. Meanwhile, anyone with a keen interest in art from the Middle Ages should head for The Cloisters – the only museum in North America dedicated solely to this history.




WW2 is over and veterans are returning to the streets of New York City. Housing construction firm Levitt and Sons buy the onion and potato fields of Long Island to build new homes for veterans, and they use the same architectural plan for each one.


Marilyn Monroe becomes a fashion icon. She’s standing on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 52nd Street shooting scenes for her latest film The Seven Year Itch when her white dress – a William Travilla classic – flies into the air as she stands over a subway grate.


Marilyn Monroe Resides in Waldorf Astoria

Glamour comes to town as Marilyn Monroe moves into the Waldorf Astoria’s $1,000-per-week suite. She can be seen wearing dark glasses and a scarf, and she adores going to the Met. She is set to attend the premiere of Arthur Miller’s play View From The Bridge, before getting married to him in June.




It’s October 1956 and excitement is building around the World Series. Ebbets Field and Yankee Stadium are due to play host to seven games of nail-biting baseball in an action-packed schedule. The New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers are prepped and ready for battle; players to watch include Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel, Walt Alston and Johnny Kucks.


1980 – John Lennon Dies

Tragedy strikes the city of New York when John Lennon is shot dead outside his apartment near Central Park. One of the four members of revered English rock band The Beatles, Lennon will be remembered for generations to come. Grief-stricken fans head to The Dakota Apartments to pay tribute to this great star of our time.


1980 – Olympic Winter Games

The Winter Olympics are held at Lake Placid for the second time. The original site has been upgraded to include an Olympic Village to host contenders plus some better equipment – like the new ski jumping towers. Spectators wait with bated breath as the US ice hockey team seek victory over the Soviets.


David Dinkins Elected as Mayor

In a New York City first, an African-American mayor is selected. The city has great hopes for David Dinkins’ leadership abilities following his three decades of service in the Democratic Party.


Phantom of the Opera Opens

Broadway sees the Phantom of the Opera open at the Majestic Theatre on West 44th Street. The acclaimed cast includes Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford – who also performed in London – and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is brought to life on a New York stage. Audiences get their glad rags on to enjoy songs like ‘Music of the Night’ and ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.’ 



Today we voted as Republicans and Democrats. Tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers

Hillary Clinton Elected Senator

The political climate of North America shifts once again when Hillary Clinton is elected as the first female senator in New York. Her father was a Republican and Hillary was influenced both by him and her time at Wellesley College, where she was involved with student politics. After the election she famously said:

 Terrorist Attacks

The World Trade Center stands as the tallest building in New York until September 11th 2001. This day marks a great shift in world history when the Twin Towers is attacked by terrorists. Uncertainty and sadness surround this tragic



2008 - Economic and Housing Market Crash

The global financial crisis hits New York City. Housing sales start to decline and unemployment rises as companies and banks attempt to stay afloat. This crisis is reminiscent of the Great Depression that followed 1929’s stock market crash.

2011 – Hunter Mountain Zipline Opens

The state of New York gains an exciting addition in the form of a zipline at Hunter Mountain. Those looking to try it out will be on the longest and highest zipline in North America. As visitors soar through the air they can take in views of the surrounding valleys and the Catskill Mountains.




2012 – Hurricane Sandy

A hurricane sweeps through New York City, leaving transport systems like the New York City Subway and the road tunnels connecting Manhattan underwater. The city’s neighbourhoods are also affected, meaning many homes need to be evacuated. In order to speed up the recovery process, New Yorkers have been helping each other out.


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