Author(s): ROMAN JAMES
The history of New York City is written in its streets; uncover it with Chronicles of Old New York from Museyon Guides. Discover four hundred years of innovation through the true stories of the visionaries, risk takers, dreamers, and schemers who built Manhattan. Witness life during the city's earliest days, when Greenwich Village was a bucolic suburb and disease was a fact of daily life. Explore the city's dark side, from the slums of Five Points to Harlem's Prohibition-era speakeasies, and find out which park covers a sea of unmarked graves. Then see it all for yourself with guided walking tours of each of Manhattan's historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps.
Not quite a history book and not quite a travel guide, this is rather an intriguing mix of both. Roman, a native New Yorker with a background in real estate and as a contributor to New York Living magazine, brings to this guide an intimate knowledge and love of New Yorks neighborhoods and the quirks of history that have helped shape the city. The historical segments are smart and easy to read, full of details that bring the city to life. The sections are arranged by both neighborhood and topic, from Harlem to George Washington, Prohibition, and the history of Fifth Avenue. The walking tours at the end of the book have good maps, photographs, and lists of relevant subway stops. An extensive bibliography helps to make up for the lack of footnotes or direct references to sources within the text. Verdict: A fun, intelligent walk through New York's past for history and architecture buffs, best used with another guidebook for hotel and eatery information.
-- Sara A. Miller, July 22, 2010---Library Journal
Chapter 1. George Washington Slept Here: When New York Was The Capital Of America... 13 Chapter 2. Drunk on Water: Aaron Burr's Profitable Gamble... 19 Chapter 3. Early Bohemia: The Roots of Greenwich Village... 25 Chapter 4. Fifth Avenue's First Breath: A Potter's Field Becomes Washington Square Park... 31 Chapter 5. From Dynasty to Tragedy: The Story of the Astor Family... 39 Chapter 6. A Bear on Broadway, and a Riot at The Opera: A Brief History of Astor Place ... 47 Chapter 7. Slumming: The Story of Five Points... 53 Chapter 8. Manhattan's Incandescence: Thomas Edison Electrifies New York... 63 Chapter 9. From Deutal Cove to Coveted Address: The Evolution of Turtle Bay... 69 Chapter 10. The Gold Coast: Fifth Avenue Moves Uptown... 75 Chapter 11. Park Avenue: The Frog Prince... 83 Chapter 12. Mr. Vanderbilt Builds His Dream House: A Mansion on Millionaire's Row... 89 Chapter 13. Down the Middle: Central Park, and How It Got That Way... 95 Chapter 14. It Happened in Gramercy Park: The Cooperative Gets a Lift ... 101 Chapter 15. Assassination of an Architect: The Story of Stanford White... 107 Chapter 16. Art in the Alley: The Ashcan School and the Carriage Houses of Greenwich Village... 113 Chapter 17. Apartment Life: The Dakota and the Golden Age... 119 Chapter 18. Lower East Side: An Immigrant Tale... 129 Chapter 19. Prohibition and all that Jazz: The Speakeasy Days of New... 133 Chapter 20. A Harlem History: Philip Payton Builds a Neighborhood... 139 Chapter 21. The Master Builder: The Controversial Character of Robert Moses... 145 Chapter 22. Manhattan Hears the Beat: How New York Got Hip... 153 Chapter 23. Soho Story: A Neighborhood Grows... 159 Chapter 24. Chelsea: The Western Frontier... 169 Chapter 25. Fathers and Sons: Real Estate Dynasties of New York... 173 WALKING TOURS Financial District... 180 Chinatown/Soho... 190 Greenwich Village... 198 Astor Place... 206 Gramercy Park... 214 Turtle Bay Walking Tour... 220 Midtown Walking Tour... 226 Upper West Side Walking Tour... 232 Harlem Walking Tour... 236 APPENDIX Townhouse Style... 242 Bibliography... 248 Index... 250