History of New York City, Part I

December 28, 2007 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

History of New York City

Today I have a little treat for everybody who wishes to look busy at his (or her) place of employment while not doing any actual work: I have uploaded the first nine chapters from a textbook about New York City history dating from 1899. That’s one year after consolidation! The contents (thus far) are as follows:

  • A Map of the City
  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Introduction
  • Chapter Two: The Dutch Dynasty – Peter Miniut
  • Chapter Three: Wouter Van Twiller
  • Chapter Four: Wilhelm Kieft
  • Chapter Five: Petrus Stuyvesant
  • Chapter Six: Dutch Manners and Customs
  • Chapter Seven: The English Colonial Period
  • Chapter Eight: The English Colonial Period – Leisler’s Revolt
  • Chapter Nine: The Approach of the Revolution

All the above can be accessed by clicking here.


Miss Heather


3 Comments on History of New York City, Part I

  1. stanley ferris on Fri, 28th Dec 2007 3:04 pm
  2. Dear Miss Heather,

    Or you can access the whole book here, searchable by keyword and downloadable:


    Sorry. Google’s got thousands of great out-of-copyright books on there (mostly published prior to the 1920s or so). Check out this very cool 1894 history of Brooklyn:


    Or this 1912 book titled “The Eastern District of Brooklyn,” which includes Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick and has cool maps and pictures:


    Or, in the “the more things change, the more they stay the same” category, try this 1876 report by the City of Brooklyn Board of Health, with a special section on the Greenpoint oil refineries, phosphate works, and other public health “nuisances”:


    I could go on, but you get the point. Still love the blog, though, and happy new year!


  3. missheather on Fri, 28th Dec 2007 3:11 pm
  4. Thanks! You did me a big, big favor! You wanna know why? My copy is missing the two pages which indicate the author and the spine! All I knew it was written by “C.B.T>”

    That said, I gotta tell you: there is something damned cool about holding such a thing in your bare hands. Seeing every rip, worn page and of course (one of my faves): that old book smell.

    Here are some more resources I plan to explore more thoroughly in the future which may be of interest to you:



  5. Kim in EV on Mon, 31st Dec 2007 2:02 pm
  6. Hi Miss Heather. Thank you so much for this! I just finished reading Russell Shorto’s “Island at the Center of the World,” and it is the perfect companion to it.
    Happy New Year!

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