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The City of New York is the most marvelous exemplification of those traits of the American people which have made the United States of to-day. Interest in New York does not lie in the mere magnitude of the city, but is found rather in the bound-less enterprise, the bold conception and the amazing achievement, which have reared the mighty fabric of the Metropolis. The theme is one which might well challenge the pen of him who would celebrate the America of the beginning of the Twentieth Century.




  • The Discovery of New York The history of New York. The island of Manhattan was purchased from the Indians in 1626 for some trinkets, and Fort Amsterdam was erected on the site of the present Custom House facing Bowling Green. At this time the island ended there.
  • The New York City of the Dutch. The history of New York. The island of Manhattan was purchased from the Indians in 1626 for some trinkets, and Fort Amsterdam was erected. The region below Wall Street relates almost entirely to the city of the Dutch.
  • New York Old City History. When the present-day New Yorker regards the seething bustle of people and traffic with City Hall Park as a center, it is somewhat difficult to realize that our city was for over a hundred years a little less than a rude hamlet on the outskirts of a howling wilderness.
  • Fraunces Tavern and Washington. The history of New York. Looking down Broad Street to Pearl from the steps of the Sub-Treasury, stands what is regarded by many as easily the most interesting building in all New York, Fraunces' Tavern. At all events it is one of those most intimately connected with Washington.
  • New York Broad Street and the Curb Market. Coming out of the Tavern and its memories of bygone days, we are almost startled by the sudden transition into modern life. This is emphasized by the appearance of the famous "Curb" market, that curious assemblage of outdoor brokers whose market place is not far from the old Tavern.
  • The Old Liberty Pole in the City Hall Park. This being the outward and visible sign of inward hostility to autocracy, the Liberty Pole met with much disfavor by the authorities. In a few days this pole was cut down by soldiers. The next day, while the citizens were preparing to erect another pole, they were attacked by the soldiers. A second pole was erected, but it suffered the fate of the first. Within two days a third arose and this time it was allowed to stand.
  • The Roger Morris House. Commanding a superb view of the Harlem valley, looking south from 160th Street and Jorrmel Place, stands what is easily the most important building, historically, in New York—the Roger Morris House. It is reached by the Broadway subway, 157th Street station; walk three blocks to the east.
  • Washington Headquarters in Washington Heights. Jumel restored the Washington headquarter´s to the same condition in which it was in Washington's time, thus performing a very valuable public service. When the house finally passed into the possession of the city for all time, it greatly simplified the work of making the restoration complete.
  • Prominent Persons Who Lived in New York. A very prominent resident of the city was Mr. Andrew Carnegie. His late home occupies the block between 90th and 91st Streets. The best known residents of the city were re perhaps J. P. Morgan and J. D. Rockefeller. The latter does not lived exactly on the Avenue, but just a step west on 54th Street, and the former on Madison Avenue, corner 36th Street. Many of the persons mentioned in the following list lived on Fifth Avenue above 59th Street, East of Central Park. This mile or so contains the homes of the people who where New York leaders in society, finance and commerce.
  • New York Historical Society. The New York historical association.



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