Bedford-Stuyvesant remained a quiet farming hamlet until the 1880s when rapid subway transportation, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the burgeoning population of Manhattan combined to forge one of America’s first and finest suburban communities. Bedford-Stuyvesant details the evolution of this neighborhood, home to the nation’s second largest African American community, and it documents how this urban center is now finally enjoying new regard for its wealth of architecture and its notable place in American history.
New York City at the mouth of the Hudson River is the largest city in America. The Brooklyn Bridge is a marvel of modern engineering, spanning the East River between the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Manhattan Borough is essentially the Island of Manhattan, site of New Amsterdam and the commercial center of New York City.