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Picturing New York consists of fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. The author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times, and was originally known as Angoulême, not as New Amsterdam as most people believe). Deák covers the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a scruffy Atlantic trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports. Throughout, the author attempts to answer the beguiling question: Was New York unique from the beginning?

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"Gloria Deák's Picturing New York will be savored by anyone who appreciates the richness and complexity of New York's past. Anchored by an abundance of wonderful illustrations, her vignettes of the main themes are entertaining as well as informative. An eye-opening book in every sense of the word." Edwin Burrows, coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

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"Unique among books telling the tale of New York, Gloria Deák's volume is a lively work that will delight reader's interested in the nation's largest city... Each section is generously illustrated with meaningful and important historical images, regardless of medium or place of origin. The result makes for wonderful reading... This is a most enjoyable book." Imprint

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NEW YORK CITY defies any single attempt to take its measure, provoking renewed interpretations of its colorful past. Gloria Deak takes up the challenge with her spirited overview of the city's history from its New World beginnings to the present. Her decision to organize her account thematically, rather than chronologically, yields lively vignettes on a host of topics essential to an understanding of Gotham's rise as a world metropolis. Punctuating her account are a wide range of woodcuts, etchings, prints, paintings, aquatints and photographs from leading repositories here and abroad.<P>Mining five centuries of urban archives to craft her multi-faceted chronicle, Deak offers fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. In Picturing New York the author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times), the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a struggling trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports.<P>Here, too, the author investigates components of urban growth ranging from the founding of schools and universities to the deep polarities between the lives of the moneyed classes and penniless masses; from the genesis of the great city parks to the construction of the gargantuan subway system. In a chapter on Broadway, the reader can follow the metamor-phosis of a city street from a humble, squalid cow path teeming with scavenging pigs to one of the most celebrated (and longest) thoroughfares in the world. Contemporary remarks animate the pages of Deak's narrative as residents and visitors react to Gotham in its many incarnations,whether as a hamlet whose streets "are nasty and unregarded" (Bostonian Benjamin Bullivant, 1697), a city fast becoming "a cloacina of all the depravities of human nature" (Thomas Jefferson, 1790), or a metropolis whose rigid quadrant pattern is characterized as "a triumph of

Synopsis:

As every reader knows, New York defies any single attempt to take its measure. Here is a unique approach: a single-volume, thematically organized history of the city filled with prints, paintings, and photographs — many in full color — that make the book a feast for the eye.

The book consists of fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. The author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times, and was originally known as Angoulme, not as New Amsterdam as most people believe). Dek covers the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a scruffy Atlantic trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports. Throughout, the author attempts to answer the beguiling question: Was New York unique from the beginning?

Readers will find:

- The map recording the visit of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano to Manhattan Island, circa 1540

- The print depicting the defensive barricade, built in 1653 by Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant, which gave Wall Street its name

- Artists' renditions of a bucolic ninteenth-century Brooklyn — before bridges transformed it into an extension of the Manhattan megalopolis

- An 1892 planning sketch of the Grand Concourse, the Bronx's principal boulevard, intended to simulate the grandeur of Parisian roadways and ultimately to outclass Manhattan.

Comments from observers as diverse as Alexis de Tocqueville, Frances Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Charles Dickens, Sarah Bernhardt, Leon Trotsky, Fernand Leger, and W. H. Auden create an immediate sense of time and place and animate an already lively work.

About the Author

Gloria Deák is an independent scholar of American art and cultural affairs. Her writings include Picturing America (a two-volume work that won the 1990 ALA Award for Distinguished Scholarship), American Views: Prospects and Vistas, and Profiles of American Artists.

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ISBN:
9780231107280
Author:
Deak, Gloria-Gilda
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Deak, Gloria-Gilda
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Pictorial works
Subject:
New York
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) History.
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
al-juz® 9
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
11.23x9.50x1.18 in. 3.85 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Gloria Deák's Picturing New York will be savored by anyone who appreciates the richness and complexity of New York's past. Anchored by an abundance of wonderful illustrations, her vignettes of the main themes are entertaining as well as informative. An eye-opening book in every sense of the word."
"Review" by , "Unique among books telling the tale of New York, Gloria Deák's volume is a lively work that will delight reader's interested in the nation's largest city... Each section is generously illustrated with meaningful and important historical images, regardless of medium or place of origin. The result makes for wonderful reading... This is a most enjoyable book."
"Synopsis" by , NEW YORK CITY defies any single attempt to take its measure, provoking renewed interpretations of its colorful past. Gloria Deak takes up the challenge with her spirited overview of the city's history from its New World beginnings to the present. Her decision to organize her account thematically, rather than chronologically, yields lively vignettes on a host of topics essential to an understanding of Gotham's rise as a world metropolis. Punctuating her account are a wide range of woodcuts, etchings, prints, paintings, aquatints and photographs from leading repositories here and abroad.<P>Mining five centuries of urban archives to craft her multi-faceted chronicle, Deak offers fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. In Picturing New York the author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times), the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a struggling trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports.<P>Here, too, the author investigates components of urban growth ranging from the founding of schools and universities to the deep polarities between the lives of the moneyed classes and penniless masses; from the genesis of the great city parks to the construction of the gargantuan subway system. In a chapter on Broadway, the reader can follow the metamor-phosis of a city street from a humble, squalid cow path teeming with scavenging pigs to one of the most celebrated (and longest) thoroughfares in the world. Contemporary remarks animate the pages of Deak's narrative as residents and visitors react to Gotham in its many incarnations,whether as a hamlet whose streets "are nasty and unregarded" (Bostonian Benjamin Bullivant, 1697), a city fast becoming "a cloacina of all the depravities of human nature" (Thomas Jefferson, 1790), or a metropolis whose rigid quadrant pattern is characterized as "a triumph of
"Synopsis" by , As every reader knows, New York defies any single attempt to take its measure. Here is a unique approach: a single-volume, thematically organized history of the city filled with prints, paintings, and photographs — many in full color — that make the book a feast for the eye.

The book consists of fourteen mini-histories, each of which can be read independently of the others. The author explores the city's multiple birth (it was named and renamed five times, and was originally known as Angoulme, not as New Amsterdam as most people believe). Dek covers the religious pluralism the city enjoyed as a scruffy Atlantic trading post, the marketing and merchandising that propelled its development, and the rise of the arts, literature, architecture, and sports. Throughout, the author attempts to answer the beguiling question: Was New York unique from the beginning?

Readers will find:

- The map recording the visit of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano to Manhattan Island, circa 1540

- The print depicting the defensive barricade, built in 1653 by Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant, which gave Wall Street its name

- Artists' renditions of a bucolic ninteenth-century Brooklyn — before bridges transformed it into an extension of the Manhattan megalopolis

- An 1892 planning sketch of the Grand Concourse, the Bronx's principal boulevard, intended to simulate the grandeur of Parisian roadways and ultimately to outclass Manhattan.

Comments from observers as diverse as Alexis de Tocqueville, Frances Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Charles Dickens, Sarah Bernhardt, Leon Trotsky, Fernand Leger, and W. H. Auden create an immediate sense of time and place and animate an already lively work.

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