Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850

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Cornell University Press, 1991 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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In this interesting and wide-ranging book, Elizabeth Blackmar investigates the development of New York City's housing market from colonial times to 1850. She discusses public officials, landowners, builders, renters and tenants, and the interplay among and between these groups as the value of land in the city skyrocketed in the early nineteenth century and made renting the only possibility for most New Yorkers.—American Studies International
  

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Contents

The Formation of Manhattans Rentier and Landlord Classes
14
The Formation of the Urban Tenancy
44
The Shaping of a New Social
72
The Social Meanings of Housing 18oo1840
109
The Regulation of Streets
149
Building a Housing Crisis
183
LandlordTenant Relations
213
Assessed values of real estate in Manhattan 18171850
273
Index
343
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Blackmar is Professor of History at Columbia University.

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