Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Museum of the City of New York and the centennial of the consolidation of the city's five borroughs. The rich visual tale (portraits, views, prints, and photographs spanning four centuries) is interwoven with essays by noted New York City authors on such themes as architecture and urbanism, fashion, theater, cultural diversity, and parks and open spaces. Commentaries by the Museum's staff on the illustrations offer a unique perspective on the city's unique history of urban growth and dynamism. Includes an index of the illustrations but not of the essays. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.