The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present (Google eBook)
For a city like no other comes a book like no other. The New York Chronology tells the epic story of how a remote trading outpost and fishing village grew into the "world's capital" as we know it today. In tens of thousands of chronological entries, James Trager marches year by year through both the defining and incidental moments in the city's history, from the arrival of Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524 to the sad closing of Ratner's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side "after 97 years of serving blintzes, kasha, latkes, and matzoh brei."
With impeccable scholarship, humor, and an astonishing level of detail, Trager's information-packed entries straddle 32 separate categories that define this great metropolis. Turn to any year and you'll get a vivid sense of what life was like for New Yorkers at that time -- the political and financial developments that shaped their lives; the books, magazines, and newspapers they read; the restaurants, nightclubs, shows, and sporting events that entertained them; the fitful progress of their neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, public works, transportation systems, and so much more.
Of course, New Yorkers themselves hold center stage, and The New York Chronology is loaded with eye-opening and colorful stories about its famous, infamous, and long-forgotten inhabitants. From society events and publicity stunts to scandals and murders, here are scores of offbeat tidbits that you simply won't find in a more conventional history. Handsomely illustrated with more than 130 photographs and drawings, it is an entertainingand essential book for New York lovers -- a homage as grand as the city itself.
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The New York chronology: the ultimate compendium of events, people, and anecdotes from the Dutch to the presentUser Review - Book Verdict
This exhaustive register lists New York happenings from the 1524 exploration of the Hudson River mouth by Giovanni da Verrazano to the 2002 closing of Ratner's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side. Trager, of previous chronology fame (he is also the author of The People's Chronology, The Food Chronology and The Women's Chronology), gathers here every political, cultural and financial event that"went into making New York New York." The concise but often surprisingly detailed entries appear chronologically and each is decorated with one of 32 subject area hieroglyphs--like the cross-boned sword and quill that designates"political events" or the sadly appropriate ticking clock for"everyday life." Other subject areas include commerce, transportation, science, religion, crime,"food availability" and"theatre, film." For each year, the trivial shares the same page as the phenomenal. In 1908, for example, Riverside Avenue is renamed Riverside Drive and ferry traffic reaches its peak with 201 million passenger trips; in 2001, the World Trade Center towers collapse and Toys 'R' Us opens a new store"with a 60-foot-high Ferris wheel, 700 employees, and 110,000 square feet of space." Designed for casual browsing and specific searches (it includes an alphabetical index), this thorough reference is, in both detail and length, an ode to the city's greatness.
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