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First begun as a Dutch trading settlement in the early 17th Century as the community of New Amsterdam, the city of New York has always been a cross roads of the world in the areas of commerce, finances and the arts.  Even in its Dutch beginnings on the tip of Manhattan, New York was home to several ethnic and religious groups.  Dutch society was light years ahead of its European contemporaries in regards to religious and ethnic tolerance.  As a result several diverse groups called Lower Manhattan home.  Though somewhat homogenized when the settlement was taken over by the British, New York didn't lose it multiethnic flair for long as it continued to serve as the first stop for a steady trip of immigrants from around the world.  As the main city of Manhattan grew into the upper areas of the island and other surrounding areas, each district developed its own unique identity, usually reflecting the era when it came to prominence.  Areas such as Chinatown, Little Italy, Harlem, and Chelsea are still identified by their own stamp on the culture of New York.  In the late 19th century, the Greater New York project, a plan to incorporate the five boroughs of New York into one cohesive city was ratified and the modern metropolis grew from this foundation.  Today, New York with its varied attractions from Central Park; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other landmark museums; Broadway and it's incredible surrounding theater community; and it's myriad of restaurants and hotels, holds a unique membership among the world's cities as one of the few places that one can do just about anything at any time.  

Shot of the Greek God Hermes sitting atop Grand Central Station.  Photo provided by


Left, a street level shot of the Empire State Building.  Right, close up of Lady Liberty.  Photo provided by

A vintage shot of the Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1965

The world renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo provided by

For more information on New York's history, click here.

For a broader search base of NYC area historical links, click here at New York History Net


Click on this link to view the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School page.


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Hackensack, NJ

Hoboken, NJ

Jersey City, NJ

Kenilworth, NJ New York, NY
Secaucus, NJ South Orange, NJ
Stratford, CT  Union City, NJ

West Milford, NJ

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