New York City History for Kids: From New Amsterdam to the Big Apple with 21 Activities (For Kids series)
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In this lively 400-year history, kids will read about Peter Stuyvesant and the enterprising Dutch colonists, follow the spirited patriots as they rebel against the British during the American Revolution, learn about the crimes of the infamous Tweed Ring, journey through the notorious Five Points slum with its tenements and street vendors, and soar to new heights with the Empire State Building and New York City’s other amazing skyscrapers. Along the way, they’ll stop at Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and many other prominent New York landmarks. With informative and fun activities, such as painting a Dutch fireplace tile or playing a game of stickball, this valuable resource includes a time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and web resources for further study, helping young learners gain a better understanding of the Big Apple’s culture, politics, and geography.
take over the government. Her “confession” caused quite a stir and resulted in a serious manhunt for suspicious slaves and any whites who might be a part of the plot. Rumors flew and gossip spread throughout the city as more and more arrests were made. A total of 20 white people and 154 slaves were arrested; of these, 18 slaves were burned at the stake, at the present junction of Pearl and Chatham Streets; 20 were hung on an island in the Collect Pond; 78 were transported out of the city; and 50
of wood, and in a state of prostration and decay….Although the war had ceased during that period, and the enemy had departed, no attempt had been made to rebuild…. In short, there was silence and inactivity everywhere.” In 1787, the state legislature gave a go-ahead for the Common Council to lay out new streets and improve existing ones. Between the loyalists who had fled and the patriots who were returning, the city’s population experienced much change over the course of a few years. New York
offices, and newspaper publishers relocated to Greenwich, which they believed was free from danger. The Village temporarily became the center of New York’s business. Once it was determined that the epidemic was over, people rushed to return to the city. A parade of carts and wagons rolled south, carrying merchandise and household furniture back to the stores and houses from which they had been taken several weeks before. The Washington Square Arch (1892) is a Greenwich Village landmark.
result. By Tuesday morning riots had broken out in a dozen parts of the city, and although the police could check the mob at any one place, the whole force could not stop all the violence around the city. Small bands of rioters were roaming the streets, murdering every African American they encountered. Larger bands looted shops and burned houses. Mayor George Opdyke’s house was badly damaged, and the residence of Henry J. Raymond, editor of the New York Times, was destroyed. The rioting
York was also the center of the Pop Art movement in the 1950s and ‘60s, and Jasper johns, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Roy Lichtenstein all had studios in the city. In the 1890s, illustrator Charles Dana Gibson was among many illustrators in New York trying to sell their drawings to magazines and newspapers. Gibson caused a sensation with the introduction of a very pretty, distinct-looking young woman in his drawings. She soon became known as “the Gibson Girl,” and at the height of her