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The Encyclopedia of New York City

Kenneth T. Jackson, ed.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.25 x 8.8 x 2.25 inches
ISBN 9780300055368
Pages/Publication Date 1350/1995
Daedalus Item Code 22097
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How did Tin Pan Alley get its name? 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 unprecedented encyclopedia to America's greatest city spans subjects throughout New York's five boroughs from prehistory to the mid-1990s (when this original edition was published). From Greenwich Village to Lou Gehrig, from the egg cream to Andy Warhol, from Coney Island to Captain Kidd, from Lord and Taylor to Leontyne Price, the book offers 4,000 entries by more than 650 contributors, with 680 black and white illustrations and maps.

"How can you review a book when all you want to do is look up just one more item, check out just one more fact, and answer just one more question? This compendium, 13 years in the making, is the first work ever to try to encompass the wonder that is New York City and does so with remarkable success. Edited by academic [Kenneth] Jackson, it supplies information on people, places, events, and experiences, from prehistory to today, along with illustrations and maps, charts, and tables. Thus, this reviewer could find the Brooklyn public high school she attended; the Manhattan private schools to which she sent her children; a description of alternate side parking (a particularly New York phenomenon); the inception of one-way traffic; the New York Giants, baseball and football teams; Frank Costello and Philip Roth; the Lambs Club and the egg cream. A dictionary arrangement with uppercase cross-references makes it simple to use, the editorial board of outstanding scholars makes it reliable, and the subject makes it irresistible. A reference work for all natives, visitors, or the simply curious.... A word of caution: this book can be addicting."—Library Journal

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