Fran Leadon’s new book Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles (W. W. Norton & Co, 2018) takes a mile-by-mile look at Broadway that traces the gradual evolution of the seventeenth-century’s Brede Wegh, a muddy cow path in a backwater Dutch settlement, to the twentieth century’s Great White Way.
Readers can learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; view construction of the Ansonia Apartments, Trinity Church, and the Flatiron Building and the burning of P. T. Barnum’s American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum.
People of focus include Alexander Hamilton, Edgar Allan Poe, John James Audubon, Emma Goldman, “Bill the Butcher” Poole, “Texas” Guinan, and the assorted real estate speculators, impresarios, and politicians.
With maps and more than forty black-and-white photos throughout, Broadway helps tell the story of what is one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares.
Fran Leadon is an architect and coauthor of the fifth edition of the AIA Guide to New York City. A native of Gainesville, Florida, he teaches at the City College of New York and lives in Brooklyn.
This title will be released on April 17, 2018. Preorder at the link below.
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