All photos courtesy of the Library of Congress

Depression-Era New York Looked, Well, Pretty Depressing

If your vision of the Great Depression is limited to dust-covered farmland and suicidal stock brokers... well, they're definitely a part of it, but you're kinda missing vital elements of what life was like for everyday folk in the big city -- and really, what city's bigger than New York? 

Fortunately, the Library of Congress has an archive of nearly 170,000 photos from back in those heady days, and Yale's digitized them all into an easy-to-navigate online collection. We've cherry-picked our favorite slice-of-life shots of the Big Apple, ranging from newspaper stands and workers on strike to dudes selling peanuts and children playing in the filthy street.

Children playing in the gutter on 139th Street, just east of St. Anne's Avenue (Bronx, NY)

West 125th Street and 7th Avenue

Farmer's Market, Address Unknown

"Social Justice," sold on important street corners and intersections

Peanut wagon on Lenox Avenue and 133rd Street

Address Unknown

Street hawker selling Consumer's Bureau Guide on ​42nd Street and Madison Avenue

49th Street near Sixth Avenue

 Newspapers for Sale on 61st Street, between 1st and 3rd Avenues

Waiting for an uptown bus on Fifth Avenue, at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Two men in conversation, 7th Avenue near 38th Street

Tenant moving on a horse-drawn wagon on 61st Street, between 1st and 3rd Avenues

Sign offering apartments for rent on 61st Street, between 1st and 3rd Avenues

Men on Strike on 42nd Street, East of 5th Avenue

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Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and old photos always creep him out. Follow his black & white tweets @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to