"A series of contrasting views"

 from Valentine’s Manual of Old New York for 1921 

 

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The Custom House, Present Sub-Treasury, with the adjacent buildings in 1849.

The same view in 1921. [It is now known as Federal Hall.]

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Union Square in 1849, showing the fine residences of Daniel Drew, Ogden Goelet, the Spingler Institute, etc.

A view of 1921, showing the remarkable changes to the northward.  The warship Recruit in the foreground [a wooden replica used as a recruiting station in WWI.]

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A very early view of Madison Square, 1857. Dedication ceremonies of the monument to Major Gen. Worth.

 

A view of the same localityin 1921.

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Park Avenue looking south from Fifty-first Street, about 1865.  Tracks of the Harlem Railroad appear on the street.

 

Victory Way, 1919 - The same site.

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The street cleaners of New York. The Roll Call, 1868.

 

The same, 1920.

 

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Bill's Books

A DIRTY YEAR
Sex, Suffrage, & Scandal
in Gilded Age New York
 

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A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.
 
 
And from New York's Dutch Era

A Novel of New Amsterdam

The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan

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"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages."

- de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York

 

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