NYC in general

Official website of the city as well as seminal texts and studies of New York.

Official website of the city of New York.


NYPL’s web collection on NYC history

A selection of free resources pertaining to the history of New York City, including reference resources about the city, links to digital exhibitions and libraries, numerous websites, and information about the city and each of the five boroughs.


Books / Studies

Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattanby Rem Koolhaas (Monacelli Press, 1994).

Empire City: New York Through the Centuries, eds. Kenneth Jackson and David Dunbar (Columbia University Press, 2002).

Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Writing New York: A Literary Anthology, ed. Phillip Lopate (Washington Square Press, 2000).

The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. Kenneth Jackson (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1995).

Here is New York, by E.B. White (New York: Harper & Bros, 1949).

The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts, by Colson Whitehead (New York: Doubleday, 2003).

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, by Eric Sanderson (New York: Abrams, 2009).

The WPA Guide to New York City: The Federal Writers’ Project Guide to 1930s New York, (New York: Pantheon Books, 1939).

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (New York: Random House, 1961).

All That is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity, by Marshall Berman (New York: Penguin Books, 1988).

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert A. Caro (New York: Vintage, 1975).

The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940, by Max Page (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York, by Samuel Zipp (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

 Imagining New York City. Literature, Urbanism, and the Visual Arts, 1890 – 1940, by Christoph Lindner (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).


Poems / Essays

Goodbye to All That, by Joan Didion.

Find Your Beach, by Zadie Smith.

Mannahatta, by Walt Whitman.