**Winner of the 2015 George Perkins Marsh Prize**
**WINNER OF THE 2015 NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY HORNBLOWER AWARD**
**Winner of the 2015 Victorian society metropolitan chapter book award**
From 1815 to 1865, as city blocks encroached on farmland to accommodate Manhattan's exploding population, prosperous New Yorkers developed new ideas about what an urban environment should contain--ideas that poorer immigrants resisted. As Catherine McNeur shows, taming Manhattan came at the cost of amplifying environmental and economic disparities.