Category: Mapping New York

Antebellum New York City Immigration Across Newspapers and the Ocean

Around one year ago I wanted to know how people immigrated to the United States through New York City before the Civil War and what the preexisting American population thought of those individuals. When I initially wanted to approach these topics in the Spring of 2016, it was due to a political climate which concerned itself greatly with not only…

Food and drink in the cross-sections of New York public life

1854-1857   Early 19th-century New York City was the epicenter of the boom of modern commercial society. One of its core features was the geographical division between home and work, which in turn helped spur a nascent food industry, composed of distinct segments, to provide for these modern commuters. Mass politics in the city was also born in this era…

The Failure of Mathew Brady’s Cartes-de-Visite at the Civil War’s Close

Thesis Paragraph: Considered by most to be the true photographer of the Civil War at a time in which New York City was becoming the world’s leader in photography, Mathew Brady produced thousands of cartes-de-visite that predominantly portrayed soldiers of the war. In this essay, I assess the role of cartes-de-visite as a subcategory of Civil War photography and how…

Alec Sorensen – Saloons in Late Antebellum New York

Data is taken from 1857 and 1860. In this antebellum period, New York City was evolving into the metropolitan center that we know today, a multiethnic, multicultural hub bursting to the seams with people living their lives in this densely packed space.  Perhaps the best way to view these chrysalis years is at the most mundane level.  Urban spaces are…

Tracking Brokerages in Post Civil War New York

5-24-16 For many years, the city of New York has been the center of financial endeavors in the United States. Wall Street and the financial district has revolutionized trade and holds much power when it comes to world stock exchange. From its humble beginnings of merely being the street along which the wall of New Amsterdam ran, to the present…

Correlation Between the Amount of Public Infrastructure and Percentage of Immigrants in New York City’s Five Boroughs

(1870-1910) Although the United States of America has, in its short history been the destination for immigrants, those that choose to turn their lives upside down to make the change often live in economically underprivileged communities. Within cities on as large a scale as New York City, this situation is magnified. These underprivileged communities often correlate with underspending in the…

The Effect of Slips Physically and Culturally in Lower Manhattan

Date: Focused on 1813, based on Longworth Almanac census data Thesis Paragraph: Antebellum New York saw a great change with the introduction of the industrial revolution. The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street was part of the expansion of banking as a result of the industrial revolution and came to be the largest stock exchange in America. The steamboat, one of…

Harper’s Weekly and the Perceived Rise of the New York Elite

1881-1897 New York City in the late 19th century was effectively comprised of just two social classes: the rich and the poor. The distinction between these two classes was so loudly pronounced on the streets of New York City that there was little room for the middle class. Harper’s Weekly, a New York based periodical with nationwide popularity in the…

Theatre in Post-Civil War NYC

Post Civil War (roughly 1850-1890) Historians often focus on the economics of Post-Civil War New York City.  While it was a time of economic growth, there was also social growth occurring.   New York City experienced an influx of musicians, artists, and countless other types of performers.   With this influx of new performers came new spaces, new ways of performing, as…