The early days of what is now the New York Metropolitan Region, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 130 Page Booklet compiled and reprinted primarily from three rare old books: the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and New York, A Guide to the Empire State (a 1940 WPA project). The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. Among the many and diverse subjects in the 1841 portion of the booklet are: When the Keys to the City Really Worked; Novum Amsterodamum (1671) and New Orange (1673); Humorous excerpt from Knickerbocker's New York on Weather Cocks, Doughnuts, Webbed Fingers, Communal Sugar Lumps, Oversized Pockets, Blue Worsted Stockings, and other early Dutch customs; Executions after the Negro Plot of 1741; Hatred of Roman Catholics; Stamp Act Reactions; News Items, such as the Death of a drunken Negro during "the usual discipline"; Revolutionary War in NYC; British Occupation; Churches used as Prisons; Arsenic in the prisoner's flour and other "cruel treatments"; Description of British officers (Clinton, Howe, Cornwallis, etc.); Capt. David Hale; Washington's Entrance into NY in 1783 and his Touching Adieu; Yellow Fever and Asiatic Cholera Epidemics; Various institutions; Great Fire of 1835; Columbia College; Inauguration of Washington; Newspapers and Theatres; the New York and Harlem Railroad; and much, much more. ILLUSTRATIONS include a View of NY from Bedlow's Island (full page), Stadt Huys (early city hall), Nieuw Amsterdam (1659), City Hall, Halls of Justice, Penitentiary on Blackwell's Island, Customhouse on Wall Street, Merchants Exchange, New York University, New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, Gothic Hall on Broadway, Tammany Hall, the Battery and Castle Garden, the Astor House, the Harlem Tunnel, "The Clermont," Fulton's first American steamboat; Bowne Mansion in Flushing, Hempstead, Jamaica Village, N/W view of Brooklyn from near Peck Slip, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Washington's Quarters at Gowanus in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Sailor's Snug Harbor. The 1940 portion of the booklet tours the metropolitan area at the time of the 1939 World's Fair. There's also a small map from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.
New York City, NY
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New York / History of New York City
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1841
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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