Naming Gotham: The Villains, Rogues and Heroes Behind New York’s Place Names

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The Van Wyck, the Major Deegan, the Jackie Robinson, the Hutch, the Merritt, FDR Drive, or the Henry might drive them regularly, without really noticing that those road names are, well, names. But, who were these people?

New York City's many roads, bridges, neighborhoods and institutions bear the names of a colorful assortment of people from key periods in the city's history. Learning about the people iconic Gotham landmarks are named for is a unique window into the history of the greatest city in the world.

Author Rebecca Bratspies takes readers on a place-based, intimate, historical journey on a human scale.

  • 160 pages 
  • paperback
  • 6 x 0.31 x 9 inches
  • by Rebecca Bratspies
Item Number: 22547