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Five Points: The 19th Century New Yor...

Tyler Anbinder

All but forgotten today, the Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan was once renowned the world over. From Jacob Riis to Abraham Lincoln, Davy Crockett to Charles Dickens, Five Points both horrified and inspired everyone who saw ...

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Published: Sep 2010

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Tim...

Nelson Johnson

Providing the inspiration and source material for the upcoming HBO series produced by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Terence Winter, this riveting and wide-reaching history explores ...

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Published: Sep 2010

Victory City: A History of New York a...

John Strausbaugh

From John Strausbaugh, author of City of Sedition and The Village, comes the definitive history of Gotham during the World War II era. New York City during World War II wasn't just a place of servicemen, politicians, heroes, G.I. Joes...

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Published: Dec 2019

The Gangs of New York: An Informal Hi...

Herbert Asbury

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life of nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history. Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the ...

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Published: Jul 2008

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic His...

Tyler Anbinder

"Told brilliantly, even unforgettably ... An American story, one that belongs to all of us." — Boston Globe"A richly textured guide to the history of our immigrant nation's pinnacle immigrant city has managed to enter...

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Published: Oct 2017

St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of ...

Ada Calhoun

A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks―the epicenter of American cool.St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O’Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotte...

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Published: Nov 2016

American Passage: The History of Elli...

Vincent J. Cannato

"By bringing us the inspiring and sometimes unsettling tales of Ellis Island, Vincent Cannato's American Passage helps us understand who we are as a nation." — Walter Isaacson "Never before has Ellis Island been writt...

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Published: May 2010

Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs...

Anthony Flint

The rivalry of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, a struggle for the soul of a city, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. To a young Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets ...

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Published: Feb 2011

A History Lover's Guide to Washington...

Alison B. Fortier

This tour of the nation's capital goes beyond the traditional guidebook to offer a historical journey through the federal district. Visit the White House, the only executive home in the world regularly open to the public. Travel to Pr...

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Published: May 2014

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Cr...

Terry Golway

"Golway's revisionist take is a useful reminder of the unmatched ingenuity of American politics."—Wall Street Journal History casts Tammany Hall as shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft and patronage personified...

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Published: Mar 2015

The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave...

Mac Griswold

In 1984, the landscape historian Mac Griswold was rowing along a Long Island creek when she came upon Sylvester Manor, a stately mansion guarded by hulking boxwoods. When Griswold went inside, she encountered a house full of revelatio...

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Published: Apr 2014

Growing Up 
Poor and Lucky 
in Ne...

Tom Herbert

Tom Herbert pays homage to a colorful time in New York City's history--the 1950s to 1970s, when he grew up in Brooklyn and Queens. His tell-all stories span the era's cars, crimes, jobs, tenements, trends, schools, and street life. Th...

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Published: Nov 2019

From Mansions to Suburbia the Massape...

George Kirchmann

This book describes how the Massapequas changed from a sparsely settled locale with old mansions east of New York City into a heavily populated suburb in the forty years after World War II. As such, it represents a microcosm of the en...

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Published: Jan 2019

City on a Grid: How New York Became N...

Gerard Koeppel

Winner of the 2015New York City Book AwardThe never-before-told story of the grid that ate ManhattanYou either love it or hate it, but nothing says New York like the street grid of Manhattan. This is its story.Praise for City on a Gri...

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Published: Apr 2017

The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain As...

Vincent Miles

The Lost Hero of Cape Cod tells the story of an extraordinary nineteenth-century mariner… and of a morale-boosting victory for the young United States over Britain in the commercial battle that broke out on the Atlantic after the Wa...

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Published: Nov 2015

An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Stor...

Paul Moses

An Unlikely Union tells the dramatic story of how two of America's largest ethnic groups learned to love and laugh with each other after decades of animosity. They came from the poorest parts of Ireland and Italy and met as rivals on...

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Published: Mar 2017

Pittsburgh Steps: The Story of the Ci...

Robert Regan

Today the City of Pittsburgh has more municipal inclines than any other U.S. city and more city steps and bridges that any other city in the world. Undoubtedly the most unique of these transportation solutions is the city steps. Pitts...

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Published: Apr 2015

Wrestling with George and Other Tales...

Miles S. Richards

The book's title is derived from an episode which occurred during George Washington's visit to the region in 1770. While attending a frontier social event at a locale in the upper Youghiogheny, he was challenged by a local rowdy to a ...

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Published: Sep 2019

Sometimes the Little Town

Sara M. Robinson

Sara Robinson's father, Hobby Robinson, was one of the most important photographers of the 20th century to be so little well-known, at least outside the Shenandoah Valley of central Virginia. He chronicled over three generations of El...

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Published: Feb 2016

Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villain...

Al Roker

"Reads like a nail-biting thriller." — Library Journal,starred reviewA gripping new history celebrating the remarkable heroes of the Johnstown Flood—the deadliest flood in U.S. history—from NBC host and legendary weath...

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Published: Apr 2019

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History

Hugh Ryan

The never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to the present day.\r\n\r\n***An ALA GLBT Round Table Over the Rainbow 2019 Top Ten Selection***\r\n***NAMED ONE OF THE BEST LG...

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Published: Jun 2020

The Village

John Strausbaugh

Cultural commentator John Strausbaugh's The Village is the first complete history of Greenwich Village, the prodigiously influential and infamous New York City neighborhood. From the Dutch settlers and Washington Square patricians, t...

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Published: Aug 2014

So, You're Moving to Delaware!: A Han...

Russell C. Words

So you are thinking of moving to Delaware. Or are moving or are already here. Some eight million Americans move to a new state every year. Now you're one of them. You've come to right place. In these pages you'll learn the explanatio...

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Published: Jan 2014

The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old Ne...

Greg Young

The Bowery Boys' official companion to their wildly popular, award-winning podcastIt was 2007. Sitting at a kitchen table and speaking into an old karaoke microphone, Greg Young and Tom Meyers recorded their first podcast. They weren'...

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Published: May 2016

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five...

Jane Ziegelman

"Social history is, most elementally, food history. Jane Ziegelman had the great idea to zero in on one Lower East Side tenement building, and through it she has crafted a unique and aromatic narrative of New York's immigrant cul...

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Published: Jun 2011
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