Weird History

The Most Fascinating and Bizarre Parts of Daily Life in 1920s New York City

Life in the 1920s in New York City was exciting, to say the least. At the beginning of the Jazz Age, people were flush with money, dance music was blaring from every open window and underground club, and strange things were happening all over the city. Inventions that people now think of as commonplace were popping up all over in New York in the 1920s and modern American life was quickly changing from the coal dust-saturated 19th-century lifestyle that many people were used to. Thanks to an influx of people from all over the world, cultures were mingling, tastes were changing, and there were zeppelins flying overhead; 1920s New York City was the place to be.

If you were living in New York City in the 1920s, it didn’t matter what part of town you were living in; something wild was always happening. There was probably a speakeasy in your neighborhood, and you were eating a roast ham on every Sunday night. There's a reason so many movies and TV shows love setting things during the Roaring Twenties - despite the onset of Prohibition, there were no inhibitions, and people danced until they dropped every night of the week.

It wasn’t all fun and games in the 1920s, though. People were being struck with a mysterious sickness that would keep them in bed for the rest of their lives, and there was a looming economic decline waiting for the people of New York at the end of the decade. Knock three times and say the secret password to keep reading about the most bizarre parts of life in New York City in the 1920s.