New York City in the 19th Century


New York began the 19th century as the largest city in the United States, with more than 60 thousand inhabitants, and continued to grow and grow. The opening of the Erie Canal, in 1825, boosted trade. New York was the commercial metropolis of the United States and also achieved primacy in manufacturing. More and more immigrants arrived in the City. During the Civil War (1861-1865), New York was a big stage for riots. Parts of the City were dominated by gangs. By 1870, New York had almost one million people.

In 1883, Brooklyn Bridge was open to traffic and the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. In 1898, New York City expanded to encompass its current geographic boundaries. In 1900 New York was the busiest port in the world and had 3.4 million inhabitants.

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New York City Hall, park and environs, in 1849 or before (illustration by John Bachmann). Broadway is on the left. The City Hall was completed in 1812 and the city government moved from the old Federal Hall.


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