Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images

Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images

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by Howard B. Rock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231106246

ISBN-13: 9780231106245

Pub. Date: 10/03/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Neither a conventional history of the city nor simply a collection of illustrations and photographs, this ground-breaking work weaves together diverse historical works—from political and economic analyses to ethnic and gender studies—with visual evidence from each period.

Through almost 800 images, Cityscapes tells the story of the city from its

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Neither a conventional history of the city nor simply a collection of illustrations and photographs, this ground-breaking work weaves together diverse historical works—from political and economic analyses to ethnic and gender studies—with visual evidence from each period.

Through almost 800 images, Cityscapes tells the story of the city from its origins in the early seventeenth century through the end of the twentieth century. In lithographs, paintings, drawings, and broadsides, New York is portrayed as rising from a small Dutch outpost to a republican seaport whose life was framed by the American Revolution. The visual evidence changes to etchings, photographs, and lithographs as Cityscapes depicts a mid-nineteenth-century city torn by dislocations caused by a multiethnic society amid the turmoil of the industrial revolution. Documenting the turn of the last century, a wealth of photographs shows the new five-borough metropolis taking in waves of immigrants and portrays the evolution of the immigrant metropolis into the cosmopolitan city of mid-century. In its final chapter, Cityscapes looks at the global village and takes stock of New York's role as the world economic and artistic capital of the late twentieth century.

This lavish volume shows how New York produced contemporary understandings of what makes a city, from a distinctive skyline, to a democratic street grid, to diverse ethnic neighborhoods. From the depths of poverty to the heights of conspicuous consumption, images of New York illustrate how we comprehend the urban past, and imagine its future.

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ISBN-13:
9780231106245
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2001
Series:
Columbia History of Urban Life Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.27(h) x 1.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Colonial Seaport, 1623-17832. Republican Town, 1784-18293. Fragmented City, 1830-18844. Immigrant Metropolis, 1885-19395. Cosmopolitan Community, 1940-19656. Global Village, 1966-1999

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The destruction of the World Trade Center has altered the New York City skyline forever and has forced people to confront a new image of New York. The next generation of New York observers will only know the Towers from their images - several magnificant ones appear in this book's final chapter. Cityscapes is more than just a history of New York City and it is more than simply a book of beaufitul pictures. It is a unique social history that explores the timely question of how New York, the City, has been both constructed and reflected in images captured over four hundred years. So far, this is my favorite book of New York City history.