The Historical Atlas of New York City, Second Edition: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2005 - History - 192 pages
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A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book

The rich and eminently browsable visual guide to the history of New York, in an all-new
second edition

The Historical Atlas of New York City, second edition, takes us, neighborhood by neighborhood, through four hundred years of Gotham's rich past, describing such crucial events as the city's initial settlement of 270 people in thirty log houses; John Jacob Astor's meteoric rise from humble fur trader to the richest, most powerful man in the city; and the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens. The full-color maps, charts, photographs, drawings, and mini-essays of this encyclopedic volume also trace the historical development and cultural relevance of such iconic New York thoroughfares as Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, Park Avenue, and Broadway. This thoroughly updated edition brings the Atlas up to the present, including three all-new two-page spreads on Rudolph Giuliani's New York, the revival of Forty-second Street, and the rebuilding of Ground Zero.

A fascinating chronicle of the life of a metropolis, the handsome second edition of The Historical Atlas of New York City provides a vivid and unique perspective on the nation's cultural capital.
  

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Review: The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York City's History

User Review  - Just A. Bean - Goodreads

I could probably do with more text, and the way it's divided up felt a little counter intuitive at times, but the maps and illustrations are really fantastic. Read full review

Review: The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of Nearly 400 Years of New York City's History

User Review  - Douglas Summers-Stay - Goodreads

If you look at the street patterns of cities, you can often see how the city grew over time. There's a distinctive pattern to unplanned city growth, almost identical to the cracking of the glass shell ... Read full review

Contents

Dutch New Amsterdam
20
A Dutch Settlement
26
Stuyvesants City
32
Dutch Streets and English Streets
40
A British Colonial Port
46
Rebuilding the City
54
The End of Loyalist New York
60
The Hub of the Nation
76
Civil Wars
96
A City of Stores
102
Icons and Engineers
108
Greater New York
114
Brooklyn and Queens
122
Cultural Capital 19452004
146
CHRONOLOGY
170
New York in American Literature
182

Croton Water
82
Central Park
88

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About the author (2005)

Eric Homberger is the author of Mrs. Astor's New York and Scenes from the Life of a City. An American by birth, he is a professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia.   Alice Hudson is curator of the Map Division of the New York Public Library.

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