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History of NYC - 1800-1850

During this period, the Erie Canal begins operating – a game changer for the City and its place as a nexus of trade and economics. The New York Stock & Exchange Board is established and City Hall is built, along with the Staten Island Ferry, Madison Square Park and Fulton Fish Market.

1849: Grace Church

Black and white etching of Grace Church at its uptown location. The church was initially organized in 1808 at Broadway and Rector Street.

Artist Credit: Charles Burton. Reprinted with permission.

Next Chapter: History of NYC - 1850s

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. Continue Reading

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History of NYC - 10,000+ Years Ago

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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