julia foulkes

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.


HISTORIES (in no particular order and emphasizing more general studies)

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

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)

Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, by Mike Wallace (Oxford University Press, 2017)

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York, by Tyler Anbinder (Mariner Books, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, by Kim Phillips-Fein (Metropolitan Books, 2017)

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

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, by Jeremiah Moss (Harper Collins, 2017)



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

Mannahatta, by Walt Whitman (1880-81)

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

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

“Goodbye to All That,” by Joan Didion (1967)

“Find Your Beach,” by Zadie Smith (2014)

Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, by Olivia Laing (Picador, 2017)