The New New York: A Commentary on the Place and the People

The New New York: A Commentary on the Place and the People

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The New New York: A Commentary on the Place and the People

The New New York: A Commentary on the Place and the People

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The title of this book describes it with sufficient accuracy. The new city is pictured rather than the old; the present appearance is recited rather than the history of Dutch and English successions. This, of course, implies limitations, but not necessarily a meager field of survey. The difficulty has been, not the paucity, but the prodigality of the materials. Where one should begin has presented as much of a problem as where one should leave off. Besides, in a swift-expanding city like New York everything is more or less confused by movement, by casual phenomena, by want of definition. Selfimposed barriers are necessary to keep one from being lost in the vastness of the swirl.

The writer and the illustrator have not escaped the embarrassment of many points of view, but gradually the belief has come to them that, pictorially, the larger aspect of New York is the life and energy of its people projected upon the background of its commerce. It is this character of the place and its inhabitants that they have sought to set forth, convinced that character is interesting in itself, and that true municipal beauty must . . .

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