Manhattan

On Manhattan’s Lower East Side you can visit a haunting re-creation of a life that was at once harder and better than we remember

The great buildings of the 1920s are standing all over Manhattan, preserving in masonry the swank and swagger of an exuberant era.

New York rebuilt itself in the twenties. The most anarchic, self-regarding, self-proclaiming city of them all achieved its new self by an astounding vertical leap that thrilled, disordered, delighted, and terrified the critics who tried to take its measure. Read more >>

John Roebling lost his life and his son lost his health, but after sixteen years the incredible Brooklyn Bridge was finished