56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
A great reference book and history.,
This review is from: The Encyclopedia of New York City (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.