New York City As a Kid

Take a look at a New York in a world without fear and with all of life in front of it.

By Amy Zerba and John Leland

The Times asked readers to send in photographs from their own childhoods in New York. The result is a portrait that jumps from borough to borough and era to era, sometimes seen from a child’s perspective, more often from an indulgent grown-up’s, but always recognizably, defiantly New York. The New York in these images is a world without fear and with all of life in front of it.

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Meeting the Mayor

“This was a little more than a year after our family reunited in N.Y.C. after being separated for two years and moving from behind the Iron Curtain of Eastern Europe,” wrote Nellu Mazilu, 40, who grew up in Elmhurst, Queens, and lives in Long Island City. He recalled still being “in the grips of culture shock,” but his father recognized the mayor and snapped this shot of him and his mother on a Manhattan street.

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