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The New York Extra





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With its fascinating history, richly eclectic architecture, and famously charismatic inhabitants, it is easy to understand why New York is considered to be one of the world's greatest cities.

NEW YORK EXTRA compiles hundreds of original newspaper articles, many that will never be seen elsewhere, that brilliantly capture the vibrant history of this ever-changing city. Beginning in 1693, when William Bradford's broadside recounts a speech made by Governor Fletcher regarding "Their majesties Province of New York," this collection covers all the way up to the 1939 World's Fair, the single happy event that was to grace this tumultuous and heartbreaking year - the year that saw not only the end of the Great Depression, but the descent of darkness that came with the start of the second World War.

NEW YORK EXTRA offers a rare glimpse into the countless events - from the monumental to the mundane - that have helped shape the history of this unique city, including George Washington's inauguration on May 2, 1789, the abolishment of slavery in NY on July 18, 1827, the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge on May 24, 1883, the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 26, 1911 and the now infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" on Oct. 31, 1938.

In addition to the many fascinating accounts of this great city's history, we are also privy to the installation of many of the city's landmarks, from the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty to the digging of the tunnels beneath Grand Central Terminal. Also of interest here are some of the earliest advertisments for such New York institutions as Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylor's, as well as an incredible roster of the stars that represented a typical week in the Broadway theaters.

NEW YORK EXTRA provides a rare and exciting opportunity to see the history of New York City as it unfolded in the newspapers at the time. This wonderful collection will more than satiate the New York City lover, and ceaselessly entertain the casual reader.

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