THIS volume is a detailed description of the communities and points of interest in all the five boroughs of New York City. It attempts, also, to indicate the human character of the city, to point out the evidence of achievements and shortcomings, urban glamor as well as urban sordidness. It is intended to give both the permanent resident and the visitor an intimate, accurate knowledge of the metropolis.
The New York City Guide is the companion volume to New York Panorama and is sponsored and published under the same auspices. The two are planned to complement one another. New York Panorama draws a large-scale interpretation of the city's life and history; the New York City Guide describes the component portions of the city.
The Guide represents a collective effort of employees of the Federal Writers' Project. They have been assisted by the suggestions and criticism of many distinguished authorities. The risk of error and omission -- always considerable in a work of this nature, despite every precaution -- is slightly increased by the fact that responsible authorities sometimes disagree. More serious is the problem of keeping pace, in print, with a dynamic metropolis that overnight replaces a century-old institution with a new triumph in modernity.
Thanks must be given to the hundreds of consultants and experts who generously contributed their advice. We are especially indebted to the Weyhe Gallery and the individual artists for permission to reproduce many prints, and to the Federal Art Project for photographs, prints, and art work. We are grateful, also, for the editorial assistance of the national office of the Federal Writers' Project, and of Harry L. Shaw, Jr., former Director of the Federal Writers' Project in New York City.
The opinions expressed in this book are the opinions of the writers and the editors and are not necessarily shared by the consultants, by the sponsors of the volume, or by the Works Progress Administration.