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A Visit to the States (v. 1)

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Pages: 260

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: George Edward Wright

Excerpt from book: at all. It is a wonderful sight to sea Ihttt rotunda filled with men, women, and children from all nations, who bring their old country fashions and language with them, and reproduce a Babel of tongues as they change their money, buy their railway tickets,and ask information. It is a pleasant spot, this pretty foliago- covered park, which is their first landing-place in thw New World, aud is a fitting end for America'a greatest street—Broadway. HI,—FIFTH-AVENUE AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS. — —--- NEW YORK. Hie New Yorker's chief object in working Bo hard to amass wealth is said to be to get a brown- Istoae mansion upon Fifth-avenue. The vast business development shown upon Broadway and tha adjacent streets naturally produces the magnificence) displayed upon this grand avenue, 100ft. in width,, extending northward almost in the centre of Manhattan Island. The square from which it jetarts was originally a humble locality—the, I" Potter's Field "—for many years the city (cemetery, where the unknown, the friendless, and the outcast were buried, and 100,000 bodies worei interred. The steady expansion of the city had reached beyond this burial-place when it was do- termined to convert it into a park. Thus originated Washington-square, an open apace with trees and lawns, covering about nine acres, and located on Fourth-street, a shert distance west ipf. Broadway, from which tha famous Fiith-avuuuqis laid out northward six miles in a straight line until it roaches tho Harlem river. For the first three milos this noble highway is bordered by the homes of the leading people of the groat city : then for over two milos further it makes tho eastern boundary of Central-park, whilo beyond aro a, succession of attractive villas. It present striking examples of the boat residential and chur...  

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