How it Became Manhattan

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From the totally redesigned makeover of the Statue of Liberty to the sicknesses, deaths, and elephants that paint the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, there is much to discover about Manhattan’s most popular sites. Daniel Steiner peels back the layers of his favorite city, sharing the untold stories that lie within New York's most iconic spots. We’ll take you behind the buildings to teach you about the human stories and the changing landscape of New York. We’ll share how a mosquito-infested swamp became a cultural enclave and how an ancient indigenous path became the grounds for Times Square. There are many surprises that lurk within the landmarks and neighborhoods of Manhattan that can only enrich your experience and understanding of this infamous island. And, among these stories, we will also share advice on how to plan your visit to these places if you decide to travel to New York. Whether you’re planning a trip here, live here, or are just wanting to do some armchair travel from your home, this course will give you a deeper understanding of the largest city in the United States.

What you'll learn

  • An overview of the geography of Manhattan
  • The intricate stories behind eight of Manhattan’s top sites: The Statue of Liberty, the Financial District, Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, the High Line, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Central Park
  • The dramas, struggles, and triumphs that led to the development of these landmarks
  • How the history of Manhattan has influenced the skyline that we see today
  • Advice on how to logistically plan your visit to these places
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How to Use this Course
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New York is bigger than this Course
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Statue of Liberty
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Financial District
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Brooklyn Bridge
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The High Line
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Times Square
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Grand Central Terminal
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Central Park
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About Instructor

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Daniel Steiner
Daniel Steiner is a filmmaker from Salt Lake City, Utah. Living in New York for several years sparke... Show more