Magazine article American Libraries

Curiosity about Amazing Manhattan Pays Off

Magazine article American Libraries

Curiosity about Amazing Manhattan Pays Off

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For years he collected odd facts and curiosities about his adopted home, New York City, with hardly a thought about what he would do with the data. "Manhattan is an incredible mirror of American history," says Patrick Bunyan, a librarian whose collecting has resulted in All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan Facts and Curiosities, published this year by Fordham University Press.

The 362-page book is a street-by-street guide to what happened where, what building stood where, and what echoes remain of the fascinating and often bizarre multitude of events that have taken place on that unique East-Coast island of a mere 22 square miles.

"I started this project 10 years ago," Bunyan says, "before I had a computer, before anybody I knew had a computer, on 3-by-5 cards. The more I investigated the more I found that the number of historically significant events that occurred on this one small island was truly astonishing. …

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