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- A private tour through the history of New York written by two city guides with decades of experience, bringing to life the glory, misery, ambition, drive, and energy of the city that never sleeps
- A journey through time, with a stellar collection of archival photos, stereographs, vintage maps, classic baseball cards, and posters
It is often said that you can’t take the same walk twice in New York. Its history may be short compared to that of European cities, but it is also a history marked by lightning-fast change. This pictorial journey into the history of New York City starts from the small town that began as New Amsterdam in the 17th century, tracing the unbridled expansion of the 18th century and waves of mass immigration of the 19th and 20th centuries. The authors, both experienced NYC tour guides, explore iconic districts like Times Square, Harlem, Wall Street, Central Park, Ellis Island and the Bronx, bringing the past and people to life through engaging stories and images. An inspired selection of archival photos, prints, vintage maps, stereographs, and ephemera make this publication, with its elegant, silver-edged finish, a fascinating visual homage to the vibrant city that is New York today.
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Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, c. 1905.
On your personal tour you’ll learn fun historical facts.
(Pictured above: Aerial view of the Brooklyn Bridge, 1885.)
Over 27 million Europeans emigrated to America between 1880 – 1930.
The first Europeans to inhabit New York weren’t Dutch, but Walloon.
New York has 2,027 bridges. Railway companies use 329, 76 span water, 1,011 over land, & the rest in parks, subways or private.
Known as the eighth wonder of the world in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is the first & longest steel-wire suspension bridge. It’s 1,595 feet between towers.
In the 1860s buildings could only be 5 floors.
Take a photographic journey into the dazzling past of a metropolis that never ceases to amaze.
Belgian writers and licensed tour guides Jacqueline Goossens and Tom Ronse take you on a tour of a surprising and diverse New York.
Thanks to the art of photography and your expert city guides Goossens and Ronse, you’ll travel through the fascinating and rich history of New York; visit iconic locations and districts; experience the progression of its architecture, infrastructure, art and human interest from every corner of the world that all shaped the New York of today. And all from the comfort of your own home or where ever you may be.
Walk through the history of New York from the establishment of the small town, New Amsterdam, in the seventeenth century to its transformation into a post-industrial city.
Join the waves of mass immigration through the centuries making New York the city of immigrants.
Hear stories of the days of old as districts like Times Square, Harlem, Wall Street, Central Park, Ellis Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx and China Town were established.
Glimpse into the establishment of New York’s ferries, bridges and boats to navigate the bays, rivers and the ocean that encircle the city.
See New York’s art world that now inspires generations of artists.
Vintage advertising campaigns, postcards, posters, city maps, baseball cards of New York Giants and classic photography of the people and the evolving city brings to life the New York we know today.
Emigrants crowded aboard a ship arriving in New York City, high angle view, 1906.
The obelisk ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ in Central Park, the oldest (1450 BC) man-made structure in New York, brought from Egypt in 1880, c. 1897–1924.
The Dewey Arch on Madison Square, 1899–1900.
Interior of the Hall of New York Grand Central Railway Station, early 20th century.
Times Square, c. 1938