What was it like to live in New York City in the 1950s?
does anybody know?
I lived in Brooklyn in the fifties. I think that a loaf of bread may have been around a quarter, which was about the price of a quart of milk. As kids we certainly didn't worry about designer clothes. Most of the kids I knew had about three pairs of shoes; one for play, one for school, and one for church. My mother and Grandmother always made sure that our clothes were clean and for certain holidays we always got a new set of clothes from the underwear and the socks to the hat and the gloves. Answer There's a documentary called "New York in the 1950s" (really about Greenwich VIllage in the 1950s, but it's a good place to start). It's on DVD, and it might help you... Answer New York City in the 1950s? It depended on where you lived, what economic bracket you were in, what culture you came from, and how lenient your parents were. As a first-general Jewish girl of immigrant parents and grandparents, I knew that even though money was tight, my family wanted its children to have everything that they didn't have. The Holocaust still burnt in their minds, the Depression wasn't that far away, but we as children were free and felt poor but privileged. We were free to walk or take our bikes anywhere; soar on the roads in Prospect Park alone; ride the subways at age 13 to go shopping in downtown Brooklyn; steal a big lungful of fresh-cut grass from the lawn of people who lived in "private houses" -- Americans who had been in Brooklyn for longer than we, from other generations who had had the chance to be wealthier than we who lived in 6-storey apartment houses. We were free, we were frugal, our education was just around the corner, the teachers lived in the neighborhoods, and one of the high points of our year was going to summer camp in the "country" for two weeks run by the Grand Street Settlement House -- just to balance the concrete with the grass. It was often a wonderful time, one that many of us only started to miss when it was all gone.