Deciphering Manhattan


I link your ordinary experience – what you can see, hear and feel – with the history and culture of New York, the nation and the world.

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Deciphering Manhattan

Patterns of behavior and development explain New York

New York does make sense! Well, sometimes. Any village, town, or city offers clues that enable us to make sense of that place. The bend in a road, shape of a building or site of a church can say something of what we once were, and have become.

Why are the luxury apartment houses and fancy department stores along the middle of the island while tenements and warehouses are along the water? What makes some districts (e.g. – Chelsea) so relaxed and quiet when others are chaotic and vital? And if land in New York is so valuable (witness the skyscrapers jammed in all over), then what’s that big park doing there just above midtown?

In Manhattan, habits of behavior and development go a long way in explaining New York’s place in the nation and the world. This easy walk through midtown tells what is where and why.

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