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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300114656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300114652
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Don’t live in New York City without it, visit New York without it, or even think about New York City without it. This endless cornucopia of fresh and fascinating information is essential and exhilarating. Native or itinerant, scholar or sightseer, you will relish it. The Big Apple will never taste the same once you’ve feasted here. Ken Jackson has made a monumental contribution to the endless story of the brash, beguiling, and bewildering city that has shaped America’s imagination and destiny.”—Bill Moyers

 

(Bill Moyers)

“There are a few absolutely indispensable books about New York City. Ken Jackson’s monumental Encyclopedia of New York City is one of them. This new, extensively revised edition—after fifteen of the most tumultuous and transformative years in the city’s history—is a cause for celebration and gratitude.”—Ric Burns, documentary filmmaker

(Ric Burns)

"Indispensable!  I'd sleep with it under my pillow if it fit!"—Mike Wallace, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

(Mike Wallace)

"The second edition is a window into how much New York City has changed in recent years."—Deepti Hajela, AP
(Deepti Hajela AP)

"A splendid encyclopedia."—Julia Vitullo-Martin, New York Post
(Julia Vitullo-Martin New York Post)

"This updated edition of the Encyclopedia, first published 15 years ago, is more than simply a 1,561-page crib book for trivia addicts. It's a heroic compendium of the achievements and follies of the millions of strivers who've toiled in New York since Peter Minuit bought the island that the Indians called manahactanienk—meaning, appropriately enough, 'place of inebriation'—in 1626. . . . If data about the city can be ranked, ranked it is here. . . . The Encyclopedia of New York City is an engrossing book of marvels, as monumental in its way as its wondrous subject."—Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal
(Edward Kosner Wall Street Journal)

". . . [a] wonder of a reference book."—Lori D. Kranz, The Bloomsbury Review
(Lori D. Kranz The Bloomsbury Review)

"Highly recommended."—B. Juhl, Choice
(B. Juhl Choice)

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Reference/Social and Behavioral Sciences category.
(Choice Outstanding Academic Title Choice 2012-03-12)

About the Author

Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History at Columbia University, where he has chaired the Department of History.  The author of the prize-winning Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, he has taught New York City history for four decades. He is  general editor of the Columbia History of Urban Life and a former  president of the Urban History Association, the Society of American  Historians, the Organization of American Historians, and the  New-York Historical Society.

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Hyperlinks would be better, and I hope the Third Edition, will adopt that approach.
Robert C. Ross
This is not simply an excellent reference book but the best general reference book I have ever seen on all aspects of the history of all parts of New York City.
Mr. Truthteller
He was thrilled with the book, as he'd been reading it already whenever he visited his brother, and said he can never put it down once he picks it up.
Christine A. Clayton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Another reviewer said it best: Every New Yorker ought to own this book. It is huge, and chocked full of obscure facts about literally every facet of New York life. Sure, we all know who Bronck was, and working my way through Gotham, I learned about the Delancey family. But here, looking up the old neighborhood, I was able to find out how streets got their names, and so much more.
Want to know who won Mayoral elections? Look here. Want to know which newspapers were published and when? Again, look here. Searching one entry will guarantee that two or three or ten others will pop into mind. It is great for specific knowledge and for just browsing.
Not even the most knowledgeable New Yorker could read through this book and not learn some things. A wonderful reference work.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on January 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are a student of New York City or among the millions who love it, Kenneth Jackson's mammoth Encyclopedia is indispensible. I began using it as a reference book for my novel, The Five Points. Before I knew it, I was reading it from cover to cover. What a ride! What an achievement! While loaded with gorgeous illustrations, this is no coffee table book. This is a fact-filled guide to assist the serious student and amorous admirer through the intricacies of the greatest city on Earth. And unlike most books about New York City, this encyclopedia actually covers the other four boroughs, not just Manhattan! The enormous effort that went into this book will be gratefully acknowledged by anyone who reads it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Truthteller on December 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is simply a great book about a great city. I especially like that it covers all five boroughs and not just Manhattan as many other NYC reference works focus on Manhattan. NYC is more than just Manhattan and that is part of what makes the City so fascinating and so alive. This is not simply an excellent reference book but the best general reference book I have ever seen on all aspects of the history of all parts of New York City.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Graham Campbell on July 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This tome, as I like to think of it, is spectacular in it's scope. It covers everything from hospitals that have long since closed, to details about the city's aqueduct water transportation system. You usually go to the book, in order to look up a specific piece of information, but spend hours perusing entries you never heard of and discovering things about America's largest city that make you gasp. If you live in New York, get this book. It holds an essential place on any New Yorker's bookshelf.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just make sure you have plenty spare time when you pick this volume up. It is so addictive - you look something up, then something else catches your eye and before you know it two hours have passed.
I love New York and this book has definately increased my pleasure and knowledge of the city.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the ESSENTIAL book for every New Yorker interested in learning about and understanding this complicated city. Two years after receiving the Encyclopedia, it remains among my favorite New York books.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hans Castorp VINE VOICE on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Looking for very old maps of the Big City, the Mayoral and Presidential elections, Capsules of about every neighborhood in all 5 boroughs, histories of Broadway, Wall Street, MidTown, Columbia and NYU, the New School, and every other educational institution. Music from Classical to Jazz to Pop to Rock (but there is no listing for Sinatra! I think there should be.)How about the incredible skyscapers, docks, restaurants, clubs. And all this goes back to 1624, when the Dutch first settled. And sections on about every leading NYC personality ever. (though for some reason Mantle and Dimaggio are not listed separately, amoung many other famous NYC sports stars ). Even though the book is 10 years old, it is about as timeless as you can get, even with my very few small quibles mentioned!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've only had a copy for 2 weeks and I'm struggling to do anything but read it. There is so much information, almost all of which is fresh to me. I find myself reading about something and another ten topics pop into my mind, but this is not a worry cause all of the answers are in the book. Tremendous
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