published by W.W. Norton & Co. 1998

The great city of New York, arguably the most exciting city in the world, owes its rich texture to the many waves of immigration that have made up its population. Today, nearly two hundred nationalities call New York's five boroughs home. In the seventeenth century, the Dutch and English were the first to join Native Americans on the island that became known as Manhattan. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Irish and Germans arrived in considerable numbers.

At the end of the nineteenth century a tidal wave of Eastern European Jews and Italians landed, and early in the twentieth century, African-Americans migrated to the city from the South. Since the end of World War II, people from all around the world have gravitated to New York, particularly Asians and Latinos

Although most New Yorkers view their city's history as layers of ethnicity, this incredible story has never been told as such. Here we have a monumental document, illuminated with over 800 prints, paintings, and photographs as well as countless firsthand accounts from letters, newspapers, and books that give immediacy to the immigrant experience.

This is everyone's story, from the rich to the poor. Bankers, pushcart operators, jazz musicians, and taxi drivers - they're all here. New York has known almost every movement, political and otherwise. Women's liberation, gay liberation, antiwar protests, and race riots - all are chronicled in this grand panorama of the last four centuries. If there is a lesson to be learned from New York, it is that a great city can be one of accommodation. People from incredibly different backgrounds, with different languages, education, and religious beliefs have for the most part managed to live together. In these pages we see and read how it happened.