The Encyclopedia of New York City - Jackson, Kenneth T. - Yale University Press

Co-published with the New-York Historical Society 

The Encyclopedia of New York City

  • Edited by Kenneth T. Jackson
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Out of Print.

Received one of two Honorable Mentions Certificates for the 1996 American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal

Winner of the 1995 New York Society Library Award for the best book about New York City

Named an outstanding reference book of 1995 by American Library Association's Booklist

Named an outstanding reference book in 1995 by the New York Public Library.

Selected by American Library Association (ALA)'s Reference and Adult Services Division as one of 30 Outstanding Reference Sources for 1995

When was alternate-side-of-the-street parking introduced in New York City? What is a small piece of Manhattan doing in the Bronx? Who was the last Republican presidential candidate to carry New York City? Where are Manhattan Beach, Manhattan College, and Manhattan Transfer? (None are in Manhattan.) How did E.J. Korvette really get its name?

Everything you've ever wanted to know about the nation's most fascinating city is now available in this authoritative and entertaining one-volume encyclopedia. The only comprehensive reference work on New York City ever compiled, it covers subjects throughout the five boroughs from prehistory to the present.

The book consists of more than 4000 entries in alphabetical order by more than 650 contributors, along with 680 illustrations and maps, some drawn especially for the encyclopedia. Among the topics covered by the encyclopedia are architecture, government and politics, business, religion, weather, the arts, education, transport, the law, science and medicine, and sports and recreation. Entries reflect the city's colorful inhabitants, past and present, describing a wide range of neighborhoods and immigrant groups as well as such varied figures as Bella Abzug, Woody Allen, Mother Cabrini, Lou Gehrig, Emma Goldman, John Gotti, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Donna Karan, Captain Kidd, Miguel Piñero, Adam Clayton Powell, Nelson Rockefeller, Big Tim Sullivan, and Andy Warhol.

The encyclopedia displays the richness and diversity of New York City as they have never before been documented. Overseen by an editorial board composed of distinguished scholars and experts and edited by one of the leading urban historians in the nation, it is an indispensable resource for residents and visitors alike.

Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences and head of the history department at Columbia University. The author of the prize-winning Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of America as well as The Ku Klux Klan in the City and many other books, he has taught New York City history for a quarter-century and is the general editor of the Columbia History of Urban Life.

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