Odds & Ends
NYC In Books: The Great Gatsby and Breakfast At Tiffany’s are only the beginning of a long list of novels set in New York. Then there are biographies and other stunning non-fiction works about life and living in New York. Edmund White’s Top 10 New York Books and New York Non-fiction name a few.
NYC In Music: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen… they’ve all sung odes to the Big Apple. Many others have sung to the city – its skyline, its streets, its traffic, its bridges, its summers and its boys and girls. For lists of these songs see: Time Out’s Best 100 NYC Songs and 40 Odes To New York.
NYC In Movies: One Fine Day is one fine movie simply because New York looks so fine. Here are more of the best movies set in New York from the past, present and the fictional future: 100 NYC Movies, The 10 Best NYC Flicks, Godfather… And The Rom-Coms, and the Greatest New York Film Scenes.
History: The first known inhabitants of New York were the Lenape Indians who lived on Manna-hata, the island of many hills, the island we know in modern times as Manhattan. When the Dutch established a trading settlement here in the early 17th century, they called it New Amsterdam. The northern boundary of New Amsterdam was an earthen wall that many years later would become a street called… you guessed it… Wall Street! The fledgling city was renamed New York when it fell to the British in 1664. Immigrants, slaves and people seeking asylum built New York. The city was an important center in the American Revolutionary War, an arena of protest and resistance.
In the early 19th century New York grew from important port and conduit for the cotton economy to the trading capital of the New World. It was at this time that the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 established the iconic New York City grid. In the mid-1800s Irish and German immigrants began to fill the city, followed closely thereafter by eastern Europeans. They settled down, found work, formed unions and organizations, and became as native as their predecessors. In 1898, the City of Greater New York was created when with the residents of Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn voted to have their cities consolidated, along with Manhattan, under the name New York City
New York continued to grow in the 20th century with iconic buildings – the Flatiron, the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center being built in the first 40 years. Bridges were built and museums were opened. The city lived up to its reputation as a haven for immigrants. Later, through the 1980s and into today, thousands of Asian immigrants arrived in New York and made it their home too.
Did you Know?
New York City served as the capital of the United States in the 1780s before it was moved to Philadelphia and then Washington D.C.
More than 250 feature films are shot on location in New York City each year.
The New York subway system is the largest mass transit system in the world with 468 stations and 842 miles (1355 km) of track.
Unlike most major subway systems around the world, the New York City subway runs 24 hours a day.