*Includes pictures of important people, places, and events in New York City's history. *Chronicles the history of New York City from the Native Americans to now. *Profiles the different people, places, and attractions of the Big Apple.*Looks at how New Yorkers have historically lived, worked, and played over the centuries.*Highlights some of the city's hidden gems and their stories, like Cleopatra's Needle. I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible... Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war came to threaten this, I would like to throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body. Ayn Rand, The FountainheadOf all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As Americas largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, NYC represents the beauty, diversity and sheer strength of the United States, a global financial center that has enticed people chasing the American Dream for centuries. Americas prototypical metropolis was once a serene landscape in which Native American tribes farmed and fished, but when European settlers arrived its location on the Eastern seaboard sparked a rapid transformation. Given its history of rapid change, it is ironic that the citys inhabitants often complain about the citys changing and yearn for things to stay the same. The website EV Grieve, whose name plays on the idea that the East Village grieves for the history and character the neighborhood loses every day to market forces and gentrification, regularly features a photo of some site, usually of little interest: an abandoned store, a small bodega, a vacant lot. The caption says, simply, that this is what the site looked like on a given day. The editors of the website are determined to document everything and anything for future generations. That is hardly a modern phenomenon. New Yorkers have always grieved over the citys continuous upheavals and ever-increasing size and complexity. By the 1820s, Wall Street had lost whatever charm it might have had; former residents complained that two-story houses had given way to intimidating five-story office buildings. The New York Commercial Advertiser noted in 1825 that Greenwich is no longer a country village, but rather an up-and-coming neighborhood. Today, its hard to find a history of New York City that doesnt refer to Henry Jamess famous 1908 story The Jolly Corner, in which a man returns to New York after decades abroad only to be horrified by an unfamiliar hellscape of commercial growth. He finds his once-jolly childhood home nearly buried among the dreadful multiplied numberings which seemed to him to reduce the whole place to some vast ledger-page, overgrown, fantastic, of ruled and criss-crossed lines and figures. The once-beloved city has transformed itself into the mere gross generalisation of wealth and force and success. That childhood homean 1830s townhousein fact belonged to the James family on Washington Square in Greenwich Village. It was destroyed to make way for New York University, which is today embroiled in yet another real estate saga as it plans to expand once again. The Worlds Greatest Cities: The History of New York City chronicles the history of Americas largest city while also offering vignettes about the people, places, and culture of the Big Apple that will interest inhabitants and tourists alike. Along with pictures of important people and places, you will learn about New York City like you never have before, in no time at all.