Early 20th-century New York CityThere are reasons why Alicia Keys and Jay-Z waxed lyrical about New York before hitting it big. The Big Apple is hub of commerce, a magnet for actors and fashionistas, and the undisputed birthplace of hip-hop. So it's more than earned its title as the city that never sleeps. Famous worldwide for its skyscrapers and architecture, NYC has long been a pinnacle of American invention and innovation. So step back in time with these impressive photos of early 20th-century New York City to see what life was like for New Yorkers before Uber and Postmates.
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