♥ Book Title : A History of New York in 101 Objects
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The story of America's great metropolis, told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York, all reproduced in full color. Modeled on the best-selling A history of the world in 100 objects, this is the story of America's great metropolis, told through 101 significant objects that span the history of New York"--"Article| Sam Roberts| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : A History of New York in 27 Buildings
☯ Full Synopsis : "From the urban affairs correspondent of the New York Times comes the story of a city through the structures that define it, from the Empire State Building to the homeless shelter that pioneered modern art. New York Times correspondent Sam Roberts has told the story of New York through its people (Only in New York) and its artifacts (A History of New York in 101 Objects). Now, he rises to another challenge: Can bricks, glass, wood, and mortar reveal why and how, as New York is poised to celebrate its 400th anniversary, the city evolved into the nation's biggest and most influential? He culls the 600,000 or so buildings in New York for twenty-seven that, in the past four centuries, have been the most transformative or emblematic of transmutation in the city's economic, social, or political evolution. He describes not only the buildings and how they came to be, but also their enduring impact on the city and its people and, in most cases, how the consequences of the construction reverberated around the world. A few structures, such as the Empire State Building, are architectural icons, but Roberts goes beyond the familiar with intriguing tales of the personalities and exploits behind the unrivalled skyscraper's construction. Some stretch the definition of buildings, to include the city's oldest bridge and the landmark Coney Island Boardwalk. Others offer surprises: where the United Nations General Assembly first met; a hidden hub of global internet traffic; a nondescript factory that produced billions of dollars of currency in the poorest neighborhood in the country; and the buildings that triggered the Depression and launched the New Deal."Article| Sam Roberts| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Smithsonian is called, rightly, America's attic; it is the country's largest, most beloved and important repository for the objects that define its common heritage. How fitting then that the Smithsonian is bringing its best together, to arrive at a list of 101 objects through which to tell the great story of America's history. From Abraham Lincoln's top hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers, Harriet Tubman's hymnal to the first computer, these gorgeously photographed objects and artworks touch on every hallmark of the American story."Article| Richard Kurin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide (Third Edition)
☯ Full Synopsis : "“A well-written and comprehensive tale . . . a lively history of the people and events that forged modern-day New York City.”—The Urban Audubon Experience a seldom-seen New York City with journalists and NYC natives Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller as they show you the 42 islands in this city’s diverse archipelago. Within the city’s boundaries there are dozens of islands—some famous, like Ellis, some infamous, like Rikers, and others forgotten, like North Brother, where Typhoid Mary spent nearly 30 years in confinement. While the spotlight often falls on the museums, trends, and restaurants of Manhattan, the city’s other islands have vivid and intriguing stories to tell. They offer the day-tripper everything from nature trails to military garrisons. This detailed guide and comprehensive history will give you a sense of how New York City’s politics, population, and landscape have evolved over the last several centuries through the prism of its islands. Full of practical information on how to reach each island, what you’ll see there, and colorful stories, facts, and legends, The Other Islands of New York City is much more than a travel guide."Article| Sharon Seitz| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Hope Diamond
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Richard Kurin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Empire City
☯ Full Synopsis : "This major anthology brings together the best literary writing about New York--from O. Henry, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Steinbeck to Paul Auster and James Baldwin."Article| Kenneth T. Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Brother
☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Brother now discloses new information revealed since the original publication in 2003?including an admission by his sons that Julius Rosenberg was indeed a Soviet spy and a confession to the author by the Rosenbergs? co-defendant ... Sixty years after their execution in June 1953 for conspiring to steal atomic secrets, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg remain the subjects of great emotional debate and acrimony. The man whose testimony almost single-handedly convicted them was Ethel Rosenberg?s own brother, David Greenglass, who recently died. Though the Rosenbergs were executed, Greenglass served a mere ten years in prison, after which, with a new name, he disappeared. But journalist Sam Roberts found Greenglass, and then managed to convince him to talk about everything that had happened" --Amazon.com."Article| Sam Roberts| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The New York Nobody Knows
☯ Full Synopsis : "As a child growing up in Manhattan, William Helmreich played a game with his father called "Last Stop." They would pick a subway line, ride it to its final destination, and explore the neighborhood. Decades later, his love for exploring the city is as strong as ever. Putting his feet to the test, he decided that the only way to truly understand New York was to walk virtually every block of all five boroughs—an astonishing 6,000 miles. His journey took him to every corner of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Helmreich spoke with hundreds of New Yorkers from every part of the globe and all walks of life. He finds that to be a New Yorker is to struggle to understand the place and to make a life that is as highly local as it is dynamically cosmopolitan. Truly unforgettable, The New York Nobody Knows will forever change how you view the world's greatest city."Article| William B. Helmreich| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Past Objects
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott Jordan, a New Yorker who has been digging around in the city's soil for the better part of four decades. What began as a childhood hobby searching for treasure evolved into a lifestyle that has resulted in Jordan haunting building sites throughout the five boroughs, attempting to recover history before it is paved over forever. Using shovels, mesh sieves, canvas rucksacks, ingenuity and an incredible amount of determination, Jordan has amassed a staggering collection of antique bottles, china, toys, shoes and other items, which together create a patchwork historical narrative of New York City and its earliest settlers. As a self-trained historian and restorer of damaged objects, Jordan is not only privy to a unique take on early American history, but his adventures weave together into a tremendous factual and speculative examination of the past, by returning it to the present for all to enjoy. Past Objects features some of Jordan's favorite objects and stories, sure to appeal to anyone intrigued by history, antiques and popular culture."Article| Scott Jordan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Big Oyster
☯ Full Synopsis : "When Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for $24 in 1626 he showed his shrewdness by also buying the oyster beds off tiny, nearby Oyster Island, renamed Ellis Island in 1770. From the Minuit purchase until pollution finally destroyed the beds in the 1920s, New York was a city known for its oysters, especially in the late 1800s, when Europe and America enjoyed a decades-long oyster craze. In a dubious endorsement, William Makepeace Thackeray said that eating a New York oyster was like eating a baby. Travellers to New York were also keen to experience the famous New York oyster houses. While some were known for their elegance, due to a longstanding belief in the aphrodisiac quality of oysters, they were often associated with prostitution. In 1842, when the novelist Charles Dickens arrived in New York, he could not conceal his eagerness to find and experience the fabled oyster cellars of New York City's slums. The Big Oyster is the story of a city and of an international trade.Filled with cultural, social and culinary insight - as well as recipes, maps, drawings and photographs - this is history at its most engrossing, entertaining and delicious."Article| Mark Kurlansky| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : RETHINKING THE MUSEUM PB
☯ Full Synopsis : "In these 19 insightful and frequently witty meditations, Stephen E. Weil examines the purposes and functions of the museum in the late 20th century, proposing museums make encounters with a variety of visitors more central to their operation."Article| WEIL STEPHEN E| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant Cookbook
☯ Full Synopsis : "“A big, handsome book full of wonderful photographs, nostalgic tales and enticing recipes—some dating back to the restaurant’s opening 100 years ago.” —The Miami Herald Situated in midtown Manhattan’s beautiful, bustling train station, Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant stands in a class by itself. From its unique position in the Terminal’s lower level, with the famous Whispering Gallery at its entrance, waiters have been serving up platters of the freshest seafood for over a century. Here are more than 100 of the restaurant’s best-loved classic recipes—some dating back to its opening in 1913—along with behind-the-scenes stories, historical anecdotes, and a wealth of expert information on buying, cooking, and serving fish. Featured throughout are vintage images and ephemera, along with gorgeous photos of mouthwatering favorites from raw bar to buffet. With recipes that have stood the test of time, The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant Cookbook is a must-have for seafood lovers and fans of this famous New York City landmark."Article| Sandy Ingber| Statement ..."