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‘The Encyclopedia of New York’: A glorious and eccentric view of the city

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The Encyclopedia of New York is a rich, attractive and surprising collection of stories from the city’s history, arranged alphabetically — from abstract expressionism to zoning.

Throughout the book, you’ll be discovering fascinating articles written by some of your favorite New York writers — Kevin Baker on baseball, Frank Rich on anchormen, Jerry Saltz on modern art, Rebecca Traister on birth-control clinics.

And me! I was honored to be invited to write the six-page opening timeline which lays out the story of New York City via important historical moments.

Below are just a few of my favorite entries in the timeline. This book an absolute treasure trove of information and I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love with it.

— Greg Young

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