By the 1850s, New York City’s ports handled more goods and people than all other American ports combined. In 1855, Fernando Wood was elected as the first mayor.
A group portrait photograph of men, women & children gathered in front of Washington Square Park's famous fountain.Artist Credit: André Jammes. Reprinted with permission.
The Cooper Union was founded in 1859 by entrepreneur/inventor Peter Cooper. Astor Place was named for John Jacob Astor soon after his death in 1848.Artist Credit: André Jammes. Reprinted with permission.
Photo of Saint Paul’s Chapel - the oldest surviving public building in Manhattan. Also pictured is Astor House - the city's grandest hotel in the mid-1800s.Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
Illustration of a busy street in front of the New York Exchange which was founded on May 17, 1792.Artist Credit: John Bornet. Reprinted with permission.
Painting of a view from Trinity Church, looking towards Brooklyn and Long Island.Artist Credit: John Hill. Reprinted with permission.
Aerial illustration over New York City's harbor, facing Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Artist Credit: Theodore Muller. Reprinted with permission.
Illustration of an aerial perspective overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.
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