Chronicles of Old New York
Chronicles of Old New York

Chronicles of Old New York

Exploring Manhattan’s Landmark Neighborhoods

Chronicles Series


308 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: April 2016

ISBN 9781940842080


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Did you know that Central Park was built on Seneca Village, a community of modest farms, also known as a safe haven for runaway slaves? Did you know Washington Square Park used to be a potter’s field? Author James Roman, a native New Yorker, brings to this guide an intimate knowledge and love of New York’s neighborhoods and the quirks of history that have helped shape the city. Discover 400 years of innovation through the true stories of the visionaries, risk-takers, dreamers, and schemers such as John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Stanford White, Gertrude Whitney and more with historical photographs and period maps. This second edition includes a new Broadway chapter and completely updated walking tours. A Must Read for anyone who loves New York City.


“A fun, intelligent walk through New York’s past” — Library Journal

“An ingenious approach . . . This hybrid history-slash-guide to New York encourages active participation in history, and expands our understanding of how the city reinvents itself.” —

“In this wonderful and entertaining guide to what once was, author James Roman captures the heart and soul of an older New York ” —Chicago Tribune



“Packs a good bit of history into one handy source” —Publishers Weekly

“Even if you’re not traveling to New York any time soon, you’ll love Chronicles of New York. Extensively researched, the guide is full of historical photos.” —Travelgirl magazine

"This is a travel book for history buffs and those who want to know the story behind the landmark—and even for parents who want their children to see beyond the flashing lights and cheap souvenirs. With this book, travelers will find hidden gems of history even in the already famous parts of this much-traveled city." —Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews

"Anyway, if a historical account of the development and progress of NYC after the United States won their freedom from England sounds interesting to you then you should definitely check out this book. If it doesn’t sound interesting you should still probably give it a chance because it may surprise you." —Tina Edwards,

Author Biography

A third-generation New Yorker, James Roman has regaled listeners with his chronicles of old New York as a real estate broker and sales manager for 15 years in Manhattan, and as a lecturer at the Real Estate Board of New York and New York University. He is also the author of Chronicles of Old Las Vegas and Chronicles of Old Los Angeles, and contributes regularly to publications that document emerging technology.