Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

by Fran Leadon

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“Part lively social history, part architectural survey, here is the story of Broadway—from 17th-century cow path to Great White Way.”—Geoff Wisner, Wall Street Journal

From Bowling Green all the way to Marble Hill, Fran Leadon takes us on a mile-by-mile journey up America’s most vibrant and complex thoroughfare, through the history at the heart of Manhattan. Broadway traces the physical and social transformation of an avenue that has been both the “Path of Progress” and a “street of broken dreams,” home to both parades and riots, startling wealth and appalling destitution. Glamorous, complex, and sometimes troubling, the evolution of an oft-flooded dead end to a canyon of steel and glass is the story of American progress.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357929
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 289,444
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Fran Leadon is an architect and coauthor of the fifth edition of the AIA Guide to New York City. A native of Gainesville, Florida, he teaches at the City College of New York and lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

"A Sort of Geographical Vivisection": A Note on Structure xiii

Preface xv

Mile 1 Bowling Green to City Hall Park

1 Soaring Things 3

2 Mud And Fire 13

3 Promenade 26

4 Fire and Progress 35

5 Barnum 44

6 Traffic 51

Mile 2 City Hall Park to Houston Street

7 Across the Meadows 63

8 "A Glance at New York" 69

9 Millionaires and Murderers 75

10 "Broadway is Never Finished" 85

Mile 3 Houston Street to Union Square

11 The Bend 93

12 Grace 103

13 Union 108

14 The Rialto 120

15 Incendiary Speech 126

Mile 4 Union Square to Herald Square

16 Ladies' Mile 137

17 The "Merry Chair War" 144

18 The Freak Building 153

19 The "Light Cure" 161

Mile 5 Herald Square to Columbus Circle

20 Great White Way 175

21 Eden 183

22 Times Square Types 195

23 Broadway Ghosts 207

Mile 6 Columbus Circle to 79th Street

24 The Boulevard 217

25 "Down There" 224

26 Chickens on the Roof 229

27 Harsenville 234

Mile 7 79th Street to 106th Street

28 The Raven of Speculation 241

29 Boomtown 249

30 Hometown 259

Mile 8 106th Street to 122nd Street

31 Asylum 269

32 Acropolis 276

33 God's Skyscrapers 285

Mile 9 122nd Street to 143rd Street

34 "Honest to Goodness Slum Land" 295

35 Murderville 303

Mile 10 143rd Street to 165th Street

36 The House on the Hill 313

37 Necropolis 326

38 Minnie's Land 331

Mile 11 165th Street to 179th Street

39 The Heights 343

40 Hilltoppers 348

41 The Fourth Reich 354

42 The Bridge 359

43 The Cut 365

Mile 12 179th Street to Dyckmaan Street

44 Mr. Billings 373

45 Mr. Molenaor 380

46 Mr. Barnard 386

Mile 13 Dyckman Street to 228th Street

47 Life and Death in Inwood 395

48 The Last Farm 401

49 Indian Trail 409

50 Where Does This Road End? 415

Acknowledgments 421

Notes 425

Bibliography 477

Illustration Credits 489

Index 491

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