Picturing New York: The City from Its Beginnings to the Present

Picturing New York: The City from Its Beginnings to the Present

by Gloria Deak, Gloria Deak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231107285

ISBN-13: 9780231107280

Pub. Date: 06/01/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

As every reader knows, New York defies any single attempt to take its measure. Here is a unique approach: a single-volume, thematically organized history of the city filled with prints, paintings, and photographs—many in full color—that make the book a feast for the eye.

The book consists of fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read

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Overview

As every reader knows, New York defies any single attempt to take its measure. Here is a unique approach: a single-volume, thematically organized history of the city filled with prints, paintings, and photographs—many in full color—that make the book a feast for the eye.

The book consists of fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. The author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times, and was originally known as Angoulême, not as New Amsterdam as most people believe). Deák covers the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a scruffy Atlantic trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports. Throughout, the author attempts to answer the beguiling question: Was New York unique from the beginning?

Readers will find:

• The map recording the visit of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano to Manhattan Island, circa 1540

• The print depicting the defensive barricade, built in 1653 by Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant, which gave Wall Street its name

• Artists' renditions of a bucolic ninteenth-century Brooklyn—before bridges transformed it into an extension of the Manhattan megalopolis

• An 1892 planning sketch of the Grand Concourse, the Bronx's principal boulevard, intended to simulate the grandeur of Parisian roadways and ultimately to outclass Manhattan.

Comments from observers as diverse as Alexis de Tocqueville, Frances Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Charles Dickens, Sarah Bernhardt, Leon Trotsky, Fernand Leger, and W. H. Auden create an immediate sense of time and place and animate an already lively work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231107280
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.82(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

PrefaceOne - A MULTIPLE BIRTH - The European Discovery and Naming of Manhattan: Angoulême, New Amsterdam, New York, New Orange, and Forever After, New YorkTwo - A MULTIRELIGIOUS DESTINY - The Early Establishment of Religious Pluralism in Churches and SchoolsThree - SEAFARING SPLENDOR - The Shaping of New York's Destiny as a World-Class SeaportFour - MERCHANT PRINCES - The Lure of Marketing, Merchandising, and MoneymakingFive - PEOPLING NEW YORK - Asia, Europe, and Africa TransplantedSix - A CITY OF CONTRASTS - Ascent of the Rich and Struggles of the PoorSeven - BROADWAY - The Metamorphosis of a Manhattan StreetEight - BROOKLYN AND STATEN ISLAND - The People, Parks, and AmbienceNine - THE BRONX AND QUEENS - The People, Parks and AmbienceTen - POLITICIANS FOR ALL SEASONS - Peter Stuyvesant, Thomas Dongan, Fernando Wood, and Fiorello La GuardiaEleven - TRIUMPHS OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN ENGINEERING - Buildings, Bridges, Parks, and the City's UndergroundTwelve - PAINTING, THEATER, MUSIC, AND DANCE - New York's Rise as an International Center in All Phases of the ArtsThirteen - COMMUNICATION AS ART AND AS INDUSTRY - Literature, Newspapers, Printing, and PublishingFourteen - SPORTS FOR ALL SEASONS AND ALL FANS - Take Me Out to the BallgameNotesBibliographyPicture CreditsIndex

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