Nooks and Corners of Old New York

By Charles Hemstreet
By (artist) E.C. Peixotto
Afterword by Ken Bloom

Subjects: New York/regional, General Interest, American History
Series: Excelsior Editions, New York Classics
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Paperback : 9781438494999, 154 pages, October 2023
Hardcover : 9781438495002, 154 pages, October 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-10-01
Expected to ship: 2023-10-01

A detailed, historic guide to the rich physical history of New York City, from its founding by Dutch settlers to the turn of the twentieth century.


Nooks and Corners of Old New York celebrates the people, places, and events that shaped New York City's history. The author—a newspaper reporter and novelist who wrote extensively on New York's early history—paints a vivid picture of several centuries of stories, scandals, and celebrations. While the history may be old, its appeal is not dated; any fan of contemporary city lore will be fascinated by the many echoes that can be discovered by learning more about the city's colorful past. Whether an armchair traveler or someone retracing the author's steps, the reader will enjoy imagining a city that still featured sheep meadows, fresh streams, and verdant hills. And, surprisingly, many of the landmarks highlighted in this text remain on their original sites, testimony to the fact that the ever-changing city still has a history to be appreciated. Read selectively as you roam the streets or from first to last page in the comfort of your favorite chair, Nooks and Corners of Old New York will entertain and inform you about New York's rich story.

Charles Hemstreet (1866–1940) was an American author and journalist. He is the author of Literary New York: Its Landmarks and Associations and When New York Was Young, among many books.