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The Historical Atlas of New York City, Second Edition

A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History

Eric Homberger; Alice Hudson, Cartographic Consultant

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First published in 1994 to observe the one-hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of New York City's five boroughs, this thorough and attractive volume offers a visual cornucopia of full-color maps, charts, photographs, and drawings covering some four hundred years of the city's history.

The Historical Atlas of New York City takes us, neighborhood by neighborhood, all across the strata of time and geography to detail 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; Frederick Law Olmsted's brilliant design for Central Park; and the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens. This encyclopedic volume also traces the historical development and cultural relevance of such iconic New York thoroughfares as Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, Park Avenue, Broadway, and so forth.

Ideally suited for all historians and students of the Big Apple, The Historical Atlas of New York City is the definitive historical guide to America's first city.

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PART 1NIEUW AMSTERDAM OFTE NUE NIEUW IORX T.TEYLANT MANThe southern tip of Manhattan, with the settlements along the Hudson (left) and the East River, as seen from a ship in the harbor. The large buildings on the left were the Dutch West India Company’s storehouse. The Stadt Huys (City Hall) was at the outer edge of the community when this drawing was made in the 1650s. “On this river there is great traffick in the skins of beavers, otters, foxes, bears, minks, wild cats, and the like. The land is excellent and agreeable, full of noble forest trees and grape vines, and nothing
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Praise for The Historical Atlas of New York City, Second Edition

"A beautifully produced reference work . . . here, in maps, drawings, photographs, and illuminating text, are the five little boroughs and how they grew."-E. L. Doctorow

"A treasure of a book. The historical notes are sharp, full, and often surprising. The graphics are fresh, colorful, and give one a new sense of New York, the world city in its everlasting drama." -Alfred Kazin

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  • Eric Homberger; Alice Hudson, Cartographic Consultant

  • 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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The Historical Atlas of New York City, Second Edition

A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History

Eric Homberger; Alice Hudson, Cartographic Consultant

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