New York City History for Kids: From New Amsterdam to the Big Apple with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

New York City History for Kids: From New Amsterdam to the Big Apple with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Richard Panchyk

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1883052939

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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important would be built north of that point. City Hall was built on the site of the first almshouse, or poorhouse, a place where poor people could go for shelter (1736-1797). The old Post Office (6) (1870-1939) was located at the southern tip of City Hall Park. For a closer look at the back of City Hall and the back of the Tweed Courthouse, walk back north along Broadway to the passageway (7) between the two buildings. Archaeological excavations in 1999 uncovered more than 250,000 artifacts

reason to do so. They suspected it was the work of the “rebels” anyway. The poor lived in tents and shacks littering the disaster zone, known as “Canvas Town.” Prices during the war rose 800 percent. All the churches in the city, except for the Episcopal, Methodist, and Lutheran (spared for the Hessian troops) had been converted into hospitals, prisons, barracks, or warehouses. The pews were ripped out and windows broken. Fences around the churches and graveyards were ripped out. The streets

watched the statue’s unveiling from the Battery. President Grover Cleveland gave a speech on Bedloe’s Island as the French flag draped over the statue was removed to reveal the finished Liberty. It was originally copper-colored, but in time it developed its familiar oxidized green color. The statue, which portrays Liberty Illuminating the World, stands 305 feet high altogether, from the base of the stone-faced concrete pedestal to the tip of the copper torch. A 53-foot-deep concrete foundation

much more efficiently The invention of the elevator in the 1850s allowed people to be effortlessly carried to any floor, no matter how high. In the late 1880s the first true skyscrapers began to rise. By 1894, the tallest building in the city was the American Surety Building, on Broadway at the corner of Pine Street. It was 23 stories and 306 feet tall. The 320-foot-high Empire Building, completed in 1898, had 25 floors serviced by 10 elevators and had space for a workforce of 2,200 people. The

Avenue Walking Tour 7. A City of Contrasts Trace Your Ancestors Put on a Broadway Show Then and Now game 8. The City That Never Sleeps Draw a Gibson Girl Be a Tin Pan Alley Songwriter Play Stickball Skyscraper Walking Tour Make New York Bagels SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY PLACES TO VISIT INDEX Acknowledgments SO MANY PEOPLE have fostered my love for New York City over the years. Thanks to my Stuyvesant High School teacher Philip Scandura for his fascinating class on the history

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