New York City: A Cultural History

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New York City epitomizes modernity. Its skyscrapers and neon nightlife, together with its inner-city ghettos, symbolize all the excitements and tribulations of contemporary urban living. But the city's powerful contemporary presence is also built upon a dramatic history. Settled by Dutch traders, seized at gunpoint by an English fleet, its development into a mega-city reveals a story as astounding as any in American history. Home to generations of migrants, an international center of finance and fashion, New York...
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Overview

New York City epitomizes modernity. Its skyscrapers and neon nightlife, together with its inner-city ghettos, symbolize all the excitements and tribulations of contemporary urban living. But the city's powerful contemporary presence is also built upon a dramatic history. Settled by Dutch traders, seized at gunpoint by an English fleet, its development into a mega-city reveals a story as astounding as any in American history. Home to generations of migrants, an international center of finance and fashion, New York is a world city both entrepreneurial and self-promoting.

Eric Homberger explores the rich contribution New York has made to American history and culture. Birthplace of Herman Melville, Henry James, and Joseph Heller and adopted home of poets, playwrights, artists and radicals from every continent, the city has been relentless in overturning cultural conventions. From the Harlem Renaissance to Beat poetry, from art deco to modernism, New York has always been at the forefront of innovation. City of power and ambition: Wall Street and the heart of US capitalism; the UN and global politics; Ellis Island and the eternal migrant dream. City of drama, art and music: Broadway and the bright lights; museums and art collections; orchestras, opera and the power of popular culture. City of writers and visionaries: emigre intellectuals and dissidents; novelists and poets; chroniclers of urban life and voices of the dispossessed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566567107
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/2007
  • Series: Cultural Histories Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 996,156
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     viii
Introduction: A City Changed, 9/11/01
Ground Zero     xiii
Mannahatta
Names and Naming     1
Port, Harbor, and Sea     5
Traces of the Past     11
Melville, Cooper, and Roosevelt     19
The Grid     25
Flatiron Building     30
On the Steps of the Federal Hall National Memorial
J.P. Morgan     38
Trinity Church     43
Federal Hall     50
From City Hall to Federal Hall     52
Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange     56
The Immigrant's City
March or Die     63
The Statue of Libetry     68
Ellis Island     74
The Lower East Side     81
Abraham Cahan and Isaac Bashevis Singer: Finding Voices for the Immigrant World     89
Social Settlements     94
The Tenement     97
The Tenement Museum     103
Greenwich Village
Symbols and Yellow Fever     108
Washington Square     110
The New Village, 1912-1917     115
Caroline Ware's Village     121
Village Scenes: Folk Singers, Beats, Hipsters     124
Warhol and the Factory     133
Parks
Urban Space and Romantic Landscapes     137
Woodlawn Cemetery     141
Parks and the City     143
The Battery     145
Private Property and Radicalism     147
Olmsted and Central Park     149
Paying for the City's Parks     155
Broadway
Making Broadway     163
Starting out at Number 1     166
St. Paul's Chapel     169
City Hall     176
City Hall Park     181
Fashionable Ladies, Dandies, Hotels, and Shops     183
Chinatown     192
SoHo     197
Grace Church     201
Union Square     205
Madison Square     208
42nd Street and Times Square     210
Light and Air     213
Harlem
Old Harlem     220
Toward San Juan Hill     223
The Migration North     227
The New Negro     232
Jazz Age     236
Harlem Reborn     240
More than Manhattan
Brooklyn     243
Further Reading     247
Index of People     252
Index of Places and Institutions     256
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