This unique, place-based history, guides readers through the history of New York in 182 short chapters, each tied to a location in the city that still exists today. Since its publication in 2009, it has become one of the most popular histories of the city.
"A smart and entertaining window on the city of the past."
— The New York Times
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Michelle and James Nevius have been leading tours in New York since 2001. Each tour is a combination of architecture, history, and stories about the people and places that make the city unique. They are the authors of three books about New York: Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York, Inside the Apple, and Footprints in New York.
Our newest book time travels through four centuries of the city's history, using notable New Yorkers as our guides. From Peter Stuyvesant's small colony of New Amsterdam to Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets and Gangs of New York,the book explores hidden treasures and reappraises familiar landmarks.
"Footprints in New York has some of the sharpest, most informative meditations on the history of the city that I have encountered in a long time. If these essays are any indication, a walking tour with James and Michelle Nevius must be a real treat."
— Edwin G. Burrows, co-author of Gotham and author of Forgotten Patriots.