City on a Grid: How New York Became New York: by Gerard Koeppel.
(Photo: 21st Century Manhattan, the grid impact.) City on a Grid: How New York Became New York: by Gerard Koeppel. The New Yorker: "Tells the too little-known tale of how and why Manhattan came to be the waffle-board city we know." New York Journal of Books: “A fascinating and curious story that takes us back through time to the early beginnings of the city…It is also a drama that delves into the lives and travails of the original surveyors…who mapped the island and saw it not for the city that it was, but the metropolis that it would become…A well-researched ambitious tale of intrigue intertwined with political significance…Koeppel tantalizes with little known facts…A fun, fascinating, and accessible read for those curious enough to delve into the origins of an amazing city.”