New York at Its Core Exhibition Catalog

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What Makes New York New York?

Based on the award-winning, critically acclaimed exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, New York at Its Core takes readers on a whirlwind journey through the 400-year history of the five boroughs to find out how a striving village on the periphery of the Dutch trading empire became the booming metropolis that is today’s capital of the world. New York at Its Core finds the key in four defining themes that have shaped the city since its inception: money, diversity, density, and creativity. 

This lavishly illustrated book features nearly 400 objects and images from the one-of-a-kind exhibition, revealing how these themes evolved and interacted to create the city we know today, a subject of fascination the world over visited by millions of people every year. Covering New York’s entire 400-year history and inviting a look into the city’s future, New York at Its Core chronicles the cycles of crisis and reinvention that gave rise to one of the world’s most diverse and densely populated places, a city that has shaped the course of events for the nation and the world.