In Old New York (Google eBook)

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Harper & brothers, 1894 - New York (N.Y.) - 285 pages
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In old New York: a classic history of New York City

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Histories of Manhattan abound, but most cover the late 19th century through World War I and Prohibition, etc. When Janvier says old, however, he means it: this 1984 volume stretches back to pre ... Read full review

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Page 58 - Certainly if the city of New York was destined to stand on the side of a small stream such as the Seine or the Thames, a great number of ample places might be needful. But those large arms of the sea which embrace Manhattan island render its situation, in regard to health and pleasure as well as to the convenience of commerce, peculiarly felicitous.
Page 56 - One of the first objects which claimed their attention was the form and manner in which the business should be conducted; that is to say, whether they should confine themselves to rectilinear and rectangular streets, or whether they should adopt some of those supposed improvements, by circles, ovals, and stars, which certainly embellish a plan, whatever may be their effects as to convenience and utility.
Page 226 - Netherlands, for the purpose of resisting any attack of the barbarians rather than an assault of European arms, having within pistol shot, on the North and Northeasterly sides higher ground than that on which it stands, so that, notwithstanding the...
Page 202 - It was a wooden building of massive architecture, with a lofty portico supported by Ionic columns, the front walls decorated with pilasters of the same order, and its whole appearance distinguished by that Palladian character of rich though sober ornament, which indicated that it had been built about the middle of the last century. We both stopped involuntarily and at the same moment before it. ' If I did not see that house on a flat plain,
Page 59 - To others it may be a subject of merriment that the Commissioners have provided space for a greater population than is collected at any spot on this side of China. They have in this respect been governed by the shape of the ground. It is not improbable that considerable numbers may be...
Page 204 - Herbert, had travelled in every part of the world, knew every thing, and talked all languages. I recollect dining here in company with thirteen gentlemen, none of whom I ever saw before, but all pleasant fellows, all men of education and of some note the Counsellor a Norwegian, I the only American, the rest of every different nation in Europe, and no two of the same, and all of us talking bad French together. "There are few old houses,
Page 213 - The women are handsome and agreeable; though rather more reserved than the Philadelphian ladies. Their amusements are much the same as in Pensylvania; viz. balls, and sleighing expeditions in the winter; and, in the summer, going in parties upon the water, and fishing; or making excursions into the country.
Page 102 - The inscription is as follows :" Sacred to the memory of Sir Peter Warren, Knight of " the Bath, Vice-Admiral of the Red Squadron of the British " Fleet, and Member of Parliament for the city and liberty of " Westminster. He derived his descent from an ancient family " in Ireland ; his fame and honours from his virtues and abilities.
Page 104 - Ordered: That a straight line be drawn from the south corner of the house of Mr. Augustus Jay, now in the occupation of Peter Warren...
Page 58 - Thames, a great number of ample places might be needful. But those large arms of the sea which embrace Manhattan island render its situation, in regard to health and pleasure as well as to the convenience of commerce, peculiarly felicitous. When, therefore, from the same causes the...

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