All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities

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Where in Manhattan did George 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 than2,000 fascinating entries in 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 has been revised and updated for a new millennium, reflecting a constantly changing city, and is supplemented with additional anecdotes and more than 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.

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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.American Libraries
Some 2,000 entries bring the city's history to life. Entries are organized by street address and were culled from histories, biographies, newspapers, guidebooks, and maps. They relate amusing anecdotes and familiar and less-familiar historical events from the Dutch New Amsterdam period to the present day, describing sites associated with literary and political events and figures, disasters and murders, and city milestones like the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade route and various sports fields. The author is a photo librarian who has researched New York City's renowned photography collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823219407
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.12 (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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