New York City has a well deserved reputation as a leading global center of finance and business. With that comes a parallel reputation of being a leader in arts and culture. Some of the greatest museums in the world, as well as some of the most iconic and distinct neighborhoods are in New York. Whether it be the Metropolitan Museum of Art or SoHo, the American Museum of Natural History or Greenwich Village, New York presents a rich cultural tapestry for resident and visitor alike.

The modern metropolis belies its humble origins. Development was initially concentrated on the tip of present-day Manhattan. There the Dutch established their New Amsterdam settlement in the 17th century. Later control passed to the British, and finally to the American colonists following the Revolutionary War. Very little of this earlier built heritage remains today. None of the original Dutch buildings are intact. Only a few remnants from the Revolutionary War era remain.

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Edward Durell Stone’s 2 Columbus Circle in 2005.

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