27 Bizarre Vintage Photos From The Annals Of New York City History

Published October 10, 2017
Updated December 6, 2021

These are the little-known yet unforgettable moments that make up New York City history's weird side.

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27 Bizarre Vintage Photos From The Annals Of New York City History
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From the draft riots of 1863 to the stock market crash of 1929 to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, New York City has played host to many of American history's most notable moments.

But aside from such momentous events, the city has been the site of countless historical episodes that are less well-known yet completely unforgettable — the man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers, the brothers who entombed themselves in a maze of trash, and on and on.

Even less well-known still are the tiny little moments that reveal some of the strange little happenings that make New York the unique, ever surprising city that it's always been.

See some of the strangest and most unexpected vintage photos of New York City in the gallery above.

Enjoy these weird pictures of New York City? Next, check out these incredible photos of the undeveloped New York City before it became the modern metropolis we know today. Then, see the terrifying crime and decay of New York in the 1970s.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe is a New York City-based writer and an Editorial Intern at All That Is Interesting.