There are a number of iconic elements that make up New York City, The Empire State Building, Time Square, Rockefeller Center, The Statue of Liberty, but long before these landmarks could come to define "The Big City" its very structure had to be developed. The new book City on a Grid: How New York Became New York, tells just that story. How New York City's streets came to form its rectilinear grid that millions of people now walk through everyday.
Gerard Koeppel is the author of Bond Of Union: Building The Erie Canal And The American Empire and Water For Gotham: A History. His writing about New York City appears in books, reference works, news papers, journals, museum exhibits, and historical signage at city parks.