Its economic prowess from the onset has brought it numerous achievements and has, in turn, formed the city into one of the most fascinating in the world. The history of new york began with the settlement of the dutch along the hudson river, who later developed it into the colony of new amsterdam on manhattan, island, known to be the largest and most influential american metropolis. It has witnessed years of social improvements up to this moment, captured from the dutch in 1664. The new amsterdam city was renamed as new york and as one of the original 13 colonies, the state played a crucial role, both political and strategic during the american revolution. Right from the beginning, new york was cosmopolitan established and governed as a strategic trading post, similar to what the city is now the inhabitants have generally been known to be brisk and lively. The city immediately allowed the marriage of people from different, distinct ethnic groups on record over 60 percent of englishmen in new york in the 17th century, married women of non english origins. Freedom of worship was part of the city’s foundation, but a trial for libel of john peter zegna established the principle of the freedom of press. John was the editor of the then new york weekly at a point in history. The city absorbed millions of immigrants and it is estimated that about 40 percent of americans can easily trace one ancestor to that port of entry. In fact, no other city has contributed more to images to the collective consciousness of americans.
The trademark symbol of the city is, of course, the statue of liberty and its metropolis is home to more jews. Irish puerto ricans and italians. The iconic wall street promotes finance fifth avenue for shopping greenwich for bohemian lifestyle. Sixth avenue signifies fashion, harlem signifies the jazz age and broadway signifies the theater. The continued growth of new york once from a colony to a mega city, had profound effects on the wildlife conservation in the area. The city has had increasing pressure on the entry of goods, including development of stations to improve human life. The city has evolved by taking all the infrastructure and reusing them for new purposes in the early 20th century. Many new york’s train tracks were elevated, however, by 1950 they were all torn down. A good example is the jefferson market courthouse in greenwich village, which in 1935 had an elevated rail track, cutting across its face in a couple of years. The railway in front of the courthouse was moved underground, bringing the creation of the subway and allowing more lights in the streets and an increase in real estate value. The fact that the city has constantly changed their infrastructure to fit new purposes is perhaps the simple method it has used to advance so quickly. That particular courthouse was later turned into a public library. Now part of the new york city landmark preservation commission for the greenwich village district. There are also tracks next to the herald times building in harold square, but in the early 20th century it was cleared to create hangout spaces for pedestrians.
Although roads occupied the majority of the area around the plaza vehicles were later banned to create pedestrian only plazas in the square, the dynamic landscape of the city, which once allowed only vehicles, has been fit to suit. Modern movement needs, including bike lanes and suitable pedestrian spaces. The colony greatly benefited from the increased immigration from europe and the population grew faster. In 1678, an act was passed whereby no mill outside of the city was allowed to grind wheat or corn, and it boosted the city’s growth, increasing housing numbers from 384 to 983. In the 19th century, animals such as pigs and dogs, roamed, the streets of the city and garbage manure, were both piled and collected between 1815 and 1865 city blocks were built on farmlands and under developed spaces to accommodate the expanding population. Neighborhoods were built in how prosperous new yorkers and the poor others of the city developed their communities based on ideas of what a city should contain and look like for the manhattan image, health and property value protection. The upper classes fought to rule out urban agriculture and livestock, demolish shantytowns, upgrade sanitation and build new neighborhoods, improve the site and smell of the city and create parks. The poorer new yorkers resisted a lot of these changes which further threatened their way of life. Despite the devastating effects of the great depression, some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers were built in the 1930s. Sophisticated architecture was put in place, including the iconic empire state, building, chrysler building and number 30 rockefeller plaza.
The construction of the rockefeller center took place in the 1930s and, at the time was the largest private development project both before and especially after world war ii. Vast areas of the city were further reshaped by the construction of bridges, parks and parkways. By the early 20th century, cities had grown and gradually they became the focus of national attention. Skyscrapers were built and widely publicized alongside tourist attractions, new york city dominated the whole nation. In terms of communication, trade, finance, popular culture and by 1920, more than a fourth of the 300 largest corporations of the year had their headquarters in new york. Through the first half of the 20th century, new york became a world centre for industry, communication and commerce. The skyscrapers of the 20th century outline new york success. New york city is home to the new york stock exchange, the united nations headquarters and a major international economic center, a major trait attributed to the city as its fast paced, and you can simply say that the streets are travelled by electric feverish and hurrying crowds. Could the development of new york taken a different turn? Let us know your thoughts and answers in the comments section below and don’t forget to share this video with your friends. If you found it interesting, also remember to drop a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel. So you don’t miss out on any of our latest or greatest content.