In Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press), New York City experts James and Michelle Nevius explore the lives of two dozen iconic New Yorkers, including Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Central Park architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, business titan JP Morgan, and music legend Bob Dylan. Beginning with the oldest building in NYC, a 1652 farmhouse in Brooklyn, and journeying all the way to the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, the book follows in the footsteps of notable New Yorkers across all five boroughs. How did the city help win Abraham Lincoln the presidency? Where in Manhattan did Edgar Allan Poe compose “The Raven”? How was an area like Soho experienced by Mary Todd Lincoln, or Jane Jacobs, or Woody Allen? One part history and one part personal narrative, Footprints in New York traces the city’s story from the Dutch village below Wall Street to the Mean Streets of Martin Scorsese, creating a different way of looking at the past.
James and Michelle Nevius have been leading historical and architectural walking tours of New York City for many years. They are authors of two previous books, Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City and Frommer's 24 Great Walks in New York.
"Footprints in New York has some of the sharpest, most informative meditations on the history of the city that I have encountered in a long time." —Edwin G. Burrows, Pulitzer Prize winning co-author of Gotham and author of Forgotten Patriots.
"What makes [the book] so special are the juxtapositions and connections the authors make. I like to scribble in my books, highlighting interesting passages, noting insightful comments, making notes for future reading, etc. When I finished "Footprints," the margins of my copy were covered with asterisks, stars and exclamation points..... By the end of the book, you really feel like you know James and Michelle Nevius and can't help but share their love and enthusiasm for this great city. The final evocative paragraph actually brought me to tears." —from a 5-star Amazon.com review