A History Lover's Guide to New York City

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Arcadia Publishing, 2016 - History - 255 pages
New York is a city of superlatives. It has the largest population, greatest wealth, broadest diversity and most elegant museums in the nation. With that comes an amazing history. This tour of the Big Apple goes beyond the traditional guidebook to offer visitors and residents alike a chance to walk back in time along the streets of Manhattan. George Washington took his first oath of office on the steps of Federal Hall. Visitors can still dine at the famed Fraunces Tavern and worship at historic St. Paul's Chapel. From the Brooklyn Bridge to stunning skyscrapers, the city celebrates its own history and that of the nation. Join author Alison Fortier as she traces the history and heritage of America's largest metropolis.
 

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The urban legend that the information booth clock has "four faces of precious opal" (page 209) originated with an entry made by an anonymous poster at Wikipedia in 2006 with no source or citation for this non-fact. After diligent research proved that the clock faces are actually opalescent glass, I corrected it at Wikipedia in February 2013, but the story had spread (without any fact-checking whatsoever) to many other places, and continues to be quoted when authors copy from these erroneous sources. 

Contents

Preface
7
superlative City
9
First Capital of the Country
17
Gotham Gains Ground
43
Millionaires and Mansions
59
the City Is Beautiful
73
Back to nature in the City 91 123
91
land of liberty
111
Making news
163
leisure time in the Big Apple
177
the City of Genius
203
A City of skyscrapers
215
Global Financial Capital
233
selected Bibliography
247
Index
249
About the Author
256

the Dimensions of Diversity
123
All Politics Are local
149

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Alison Fortier lived with her family at 15 West 72nd Street next to the famous Dakota Apartments. Alison is the author of A History Lover's Guide to Washington, D.C.: Designed for Democracy published by The History Press in May 2014. She has a BA from the College of William & Mary and an MA in history from the University of Michigan. She is the widow of Donald Robert Fortier and the mother of Graham and Merrill Fortier.

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