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The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years…
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805060049, Paperback)Eric Homberger's The Historical Atlas of New York City shows what can be achieved within a very narrow frame of discussion. With just one city to depict, Homberger explores the rich variety of details in the city's 400-year history with vivid drawings and illustrations as well as beautifully rendered maps. The atlas takes on the geologic history of New York, major eras (Indian, Dutch, and British), and the formative 19th century, as well as the consolidation of Greater New York, neighborhood histories of Coney Island and Greenwich Village, and the Big Apple exploits of 1945 through 1996. But there's room for the small stuff, too, such as the political and cultural role of New York's taverns in the late 1700s. --Stephanie Gold
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"The Historical Atlas of New York City is a full-color visual guide through four hundred years of Gotham's rich past. In this handsome second edition, Eric Homberger describes the city's most pivotal moments, including the initial settlement of 270 people in 30 log houses and the arrival of the United Nations in Turtle Bay in 1950, illustrating each with illuminating anecdotes, maps, and graphics. He also tells New York's most revealing stories, such as John Jacob Astor's meteoric rise from humble fur trader to the richest, most powerful man in the city and the dynamic transformations that have led to the ethnic mixture that is modern Queens. The charts, photographs, drawings, and mini-essays that make this encyclopedic volume a New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book also explore the historical development of iconic thoroughfares like Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, Park Avenue, and Broadway to capture their significance to the city and American culture." "This thoroughly revised edition brings the atlas up to the present with updated images and all-new layouts covering the 2000 census, Rudolph Giuliani's New York and the rebirth of Forty-second Street, and the rebuilding of Ground Zero. A fascinating chronicle of the life of a metropolis, The Historical Atlas of New York City offers a vivid and unique perspective on the nation's cultural capital from the vantage point of the twenty-first century."--BOOK JACKET.
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