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History Of New York City

The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block

The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block brings to life the ghosts who inhabit that row of townhouses on Manhattan’s stately Riverside Drive for the first fifty years of the 20th Century, including a vicious crew of hoodlums who carried out what at the time was the largest armored car robbery in American history.   It was a daring, minutely planned exploit that ended in blood, when one of the gangsters accidentally shot himself. Read more…

New York During The Civil War

City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War

No city was more of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or more of a hindrance than the City of Sedition. No city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. It was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but simultaneously a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition.   Without his New York supporters, it’s highly unlikely Lincoln would have made it to the White House. Read more…

History of the Bowery

The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street

From peglegged Peter Stuyvesant to CBGB’s, The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street explains the history of the city that grew up around it. It was the street your mother warned you about—even if you lived in San Francisco. Long associated with skid row, saloons, freak shows, violence, and vice, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. The Bowery is New York’s oldest street and Manhattan’s broadest boulevard. Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. Read more…

History of Tammany Hall

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

Machine Made takes some issue with the history of Tammany hall that references it as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and patronage personified by notoriously crooked characters. In his groundbreaking work, journalist and historian Terry Golway dismantles these stereotypes, focusing on the many benefits of machine politics for marginalized immigrants. As thousands sought refuge from Ireland’s potato famine, the very question of who would be included under the protection of American democracy was at stake. Read more…

History of New York City

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

“City of Dreams is a richly textured guide to the history of our immigrant nation’s pinnacle immigrant city has managed to enter the stage during an election season that has resurrected this historically fraught topic in all its fierceness.” — New York Times Book Review New York has been America’s city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Read more…