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5.0 out of 5 stars

on January 28, 2007
Man, oh, man, has it really been 23 years since the publication of the last book in this series?

Discovering that all the books can still be discovered by new readers, thanks to sellers on Amazon, brought back pleasant memories.

I absolutely can't recommend these books enough.

When I say that this series, THE NOVEL OF NEW YORK, is one of the 2 or 3 best of its kind on the American Front, outside The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes, you can take that as high praise from someone who, beginning with the release of the 1st Kent Book in the 70's, fell in love with a genre, and spent 25+ years wallowing amongst their varied, and entertaining pages, until the genre gasped its last around the turn of the century, when the Wagons West/Holts series by Dana Fuller Ross was breathing its last.

1. FROM DISTANT SHORES - 1613-1667

2. ON MAIDEN LANE - 1682-1761

3. BEEKMAN PLACE - 1776-1783


5. GRACIE SQUARE - 1899-1930

This series does a fantasic job of telling the colorful history of the City, and state, of New York, through the lives of succeeding generations of an amazing fictional clan.

Their lives are interwoven with real events, and real people, in lengthy novels of over 500+ pages each, that are entertaining, educational, and never boring.
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on February 17, 2009
I am an avid reader. I particularly enjoy historical fiction and specifically multi-generational family saga series. Nicolaysen's "New York" series of 5 is highly recommended.
In each book, the characters are diverse and well developed, as are the plot lines. The historical context, particularly developing NYC is well considered and presented. A difficult series to find since is out-of-print, but well worth the treasure hunt.
"On Maiden Lane" covers the time period 1682-1761. The following is from the mass market pb cover: "As the port city on Manhattan Island prospered, the de Kuyper dynasty rose to become merchant princes of a thriving new world. Under their English masters, they would build a commercial empire from Wall Street to Westchester. But over three generations, the wealth that gave them power and priviledge also gave them a resolute loyalty to the land that was their home. They would fight the English war against the French and Indians, but they would never bend to the unjust tyranny of the Crown. The de Kuypers were New Yorkers now, and their allegiance to the dawning glory of the American nation."
"The de Kuyper dynasty turns Manhattan Island into a thriving merchant empire-and then must defend it against the tyranny of the Crown."
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