MIRROR FOR GOTHAM by Bayrd Still

MIRROR FOR GOTHAM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In no sense a book for inquiring tourists, but rather a history of New York from the days of the Dutch to the present as recorded by gifted visitors over the period. The author gives us a portrait of New York as it grew from a small seaport to one of the largest and certainly a unique world city. He enriches his story by the comments of visitors in each era. Dickens, Trollope, Macaulay, Kipling- these and countless others wrote of New York as it appeared to them. We get a picture of a cosmopolitan, multifaceted city, whose vast immigrant population gave it a varied flavor. We see it pushing its boundaries from the Battery to the outlying areas of 14th Street. We see it crowding every available spot in its island limits, digging underground, building into the clouds, expanding to include the mainland areas and other islands. We see a city of wealth and poverty, of a prevailing tingle of opportunity; Professor Still has managed to capture its excitement and savor. Those who have never been here will understand the city better. New Yorkers will view it with a new sense of pride.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1956
Publisher: N Y University Press