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The Encyclopedia of New York City [Hardcover]

Kenneth T Jackson
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2 Oct 1995
How did Tin Pan Alley get its name? Which structure in New York City contains debris from the bombing of London during World War II? Who was the last Republican presidential candidate to carry New York City? Where are Manhattan Beach, Manhattan College, and Manhattan Transfer? (None are in Manhattan.) When and how did the population of New York increase by 70 per cent overnight? Answering questions such as these, this encyclopaedia spans a range of facts about what many consider to be America's most fascinating city. It covers subjects throughout the five boroughs from prehistory to the present. The book consists of more than 4000 entries in alphabetical order by more than 650 contributors, along with 680 illustrations and maps. Among the topics covered by the encyclopaedia are architecture, government and politics, business, religion, weather, the arts, education, transport, the law, science and medicine, and sports and recreation. Entries reflect the city's inhabitants, past and present, describing a wide range of neighbourhoods and immigrant groups as well as such varied figures as Bella Abzug, Woody Allen, Mother Cabrini, Lou Gehrig, Emma Goldman, John Gotti, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Donna Karan, Captain Kidd, Miguel Pinero, Adam Clayton Powell, Nelson Rockefeller, Big Tim Sullivan, and Andy Warhol.

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  • Hardcover: 1372 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st Edition edition (2 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300055366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300055368
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.7 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every New Yorker should own this book 15 Mar 1999
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This is the ESSENTIAL book for every New Yorker interested in learning about and understanding this complicated city. Two years after receiving the Encyclopedia, it remains among my favorite New York books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for everybody in love with NYC 15 Dec 1998
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The book is an absolute must for every NYC lover interested in history. Allthough leaning a little bit to Columbia University (alumnis, etc.) it covers almost everything you want to now about NYC. Including things you never thought about. In addition the book tells you a lot about business in NY, it's ethics (if there are any)and how business was/is done here. You'll find a lot about the people of NY, their ambitions, ideas and ideals. If you love NY you'll love the book!
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The Encyclopedia of New York is the book you browse through on a cold winter evening or rainy day. You learn a new New York fact or tale on evey page. You can finally research some of those questions you never knew where to find the answer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book and history. 17 Nov 2000
By Eric V. Moye - Published on
Another reviewer said it best: Every New Yorker ought to own this book. It is huge, and chocked full of obscure facts about literally every facet of New York life. Sure, we all know who Bronck was, and working my way through Gotham, I learned about the Delancey family. But here, looking up the old neighborhood, I was able to find out how streets got their names, and so much more.
Want to know who won Mayoral elections? Look here. Want to know which newspapers were published and when? Again, look here. Searching one entry will guarantee that two or three or ten others will pop into mind. It is great for specific knowledge and for just browsing.
Not even the most knowledgeable New Yorker could read through this book and not learn some things. A wonderful reference work.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Mr. Jackson 29 Jan 2003
By Rocco Dormarunno - Published on
If you are a student of New York City or among the millions who love it, Kenneth Jackson's mammoth Encyclopedia is indispensible. I began using it as a reference book for my novel, The Five Points. Before I knew it, I was reading it from cover to cover. What a ride! What an achievement! While loaded with gorgeous illustrations, this is no coffee table book. This is a fact-filled guide to assist the serious student and amorous admirer through the intricacies of the greatest city on Earth. And unlike most books about New York City, this encyclopedia actually covers the other four boroughs, not just Manhattan! The enormous effort that went into this book will be gratefully acknowledged by anyone who reads it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Invaluable Guide to the City 2 Dec 2010
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This is simply a great book about a great city. I especially like that it covers all five boroughs and not just Manhattan as many other NYC reference works focus on Manhattan. NYC is more than just Manhattan and that is part of what makes the City so fascinating and so alive. This is not simply an excellent reference book but the best general reference book I have ever seen on all aspects of the history of all parts of New York City.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Settle all bets around the dinner table. 2 July 2004
By Graham Campbell - Published on
This tome, as I like to think of it, is spectacular in it's scope. It covers everything from hospitals that have long since closed, to details about the city's aqueduct water transportation system. You usually go to the book, in order to look up a specific piece of information, but spend hours perusing entries you never heard of and discovering things about America's largest city that make you gasp. If you live in New York, get this book. It holds an essential place on any New Yorker's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For New Yorkers or just curious - full marks. 16 Nov 2002
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Just make sure you have plenty spare time when you pick this volume up. It is so addictive - you look something up, then something else catches your eye and before you know it two hours have passed.
I love New York and this book has definately increased my pleasure and knowledge of the city.
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