All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, Second Edition

All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, Second Edition

by Patrick Bunyan
     
 

Where in Manhattan did Washington sleep? Where was Teddy Roosevelt born? Where did James Monroe die? Where is the birthplace of the Twist? Where was Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff's multi-million dollar penthouse? Where is the site of the country's first traffic fatality? These tidbits are among the more than 2,000 fascinating entries comprising All Around the

Overview

Where in Manhattan did Washington sleep? Where was Teddy Roosevelt born? Where did James Monroe die? Where is the birthplace of the Twist? Where was Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff's multi-million dollar penthouse? Where is the site of the country's first traffic fatality? These tidbits are among the more than 2,000 fascinating entries comprising All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, the definitive guide to historic New York.All Around the Town brings the city's history to life, street by street, building by building, in all its diversity. The entries, organized in an easy-to-use format by street address, were culled from a number of sources-histories, biographies, newspapers, guidebooks, and maps. They range from amusing anecdotes to familiar and not-so-familiar historical events, from the Dutch New Amsterdam period to the present day. It is a truly unique guidebook for its historical viewpoint, and will delight those looking for a glimpse of New York City beyond Madison Avenue and Broadway. The second edition is revised and updated for a new millennium, reflecting a constantly changing city, and is supplemented with additional anecdotes, and over a hundred new pictures and illustrations. It is even easier to use, with cross-street information, a more portable trim size, and 300 new and updated places of interest.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The momentous, outrageous, and often bizarre events chronicled here remind us that the history of New York tells the history of our nation. Clearly, the author has had a long love affair with his adopted home, has investigated its colorful past, and has concluded that he must share this great . . . metropolis with all of us." - Leonard Kniffel

"New York, that most fascinating of cities, has also, until very recent years, been the most vexingly self-destructive. In this valuable and impressively thorough historical guide, Patrick Bunyan brings together the vanished landmarks-Alfred Ely Beach's secretly-built subway, the superb Singer Building-with those that are still standing: the sedate, innocent-looking building where the ghastly Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire took place, 625 Madison A venue, where Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reporter for her first day's work at Viking Press in September 1977, and the Stonewall. Street by street, block by block, All Around the Town summons up the lively ghosts that stand at your shoulder whenever you walk through Manhattan." - Richard F. Snow

". . . An extraordinary catalogue of historic sites in New York City, illustrated with a handful of black-and-white photographs."—The Midwest Book Review

"Travelers can be kept plenty busy investigating Manhattan's rich and fascinating history, and this information-packed guide will authoritatively steer all interested visitors to all kinds of historic sites whether they are places where significant people were born or died or where seminal political and cultural events occurred. All of the sites listed are significant to the Big Apple's development."-Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823231744
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
Empire State Editions Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Bunyan, a photo librarian, has researched New York City's renowned photography collections for the book's 150-plus rare and unique illustrations.

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