Who knew that Broadway was originally an Indian trail that ran north from the southern tip of Manhattan? In Naming New York: Manhattan Places & How They Got Their Names, Sanna Feirstein, a docent at the New-York Historical Society, draws on an impressive array of sources to produce a lively, informative reference to the people and histories behind Manhattan's varied streets. Though indexed and organized by neighborhood, the book lacks detailed maps. Illus.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Ever wondered why Wall Street is called that? Because it follows the line of the palisade wall that the Dutch erected across the northern perimeter of New Amsterdam in 1653 to protect against attack from the British. It is exactly this kind of place name information about Manhattan's streets, avenues, plazas, parks, and corners that this thorough compilation provides. Whether discussing the names derived from the original Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam or the places named after modern notables, Feirstein, a docent at the New York Historical Society, maintains a friendly tone that does not diminish this tome's educational value. Peppered with various historical illustrations, this is a fun read for any New Yorker or for those planning to visit the city, but it may be a bit over the head of those familiar with only the most notable landmarks of the city. Recommended for public libraries with a strong clientele interested in the history of the Big Apple.ASandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I kept calling questions out to my family as I read how each street got it's name. Some are obvious and I would have thought common knowledge, Wall and Canal streets, but there... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Deborah Keating
This book written by the late Victor Borge's daughter demonstrates that she is a talent no less than he was. Read morePublished on December 3, 2008 by Henrikson
Even non-New Yorkers will enjoy the sweeping history that is brought alive when you peek behind street signs. Read morePublished on January 29, 2005 by Emerson Randolph
This book is great for everyone - from history experts to casual street walkers. I highly recommend it!!!Published on November 19, 2001