Emerging Metropolis tells the story of New York's emergence as the greatest Jewish city of all time. It explores the Central European and East European Jews' encounter with New York City, tracing immigrants' ecomic, social, religious, political, and cultural adaptation between 1840 and 1920. This meticulously researched volume shows how Jews wove their ambitions and aspirations-for freedom, security, and material prosperity-into the very fabric and physical landscape of the city.
Annie Polland is Senior Vice President for Programs and Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Daniel Soyer is associate professor of history at Fordham University. He is the author of Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939.