Note: I use present-day names. Within each decade, things are not necessarily in chronological order.
1600: Population: 1,000?
- 1600s: The Delaware – for at least the last 1,000 years. Munsee language, Eastern Woodland culture.
- 1610s: Juan Rodriguez’s trading post, Dutch fort.
- 1620s: The Dutch: “Manhattan was sold for $24”. Black slaves.
- 1640s: Bowling Green Massacre (the real one); Kieft’s War drives the Delaware north out of Manhattan.
- 1650s: Free Blacks farm what is now Washington Square Park.
- 1660s: The British. New York English, yellow fever epidemic, the first of many.
1700: Population: 5,000.
- 1700s: 42% of households have slaves.
- 1710s: slave uprising, African Burial Ground now in use.
- 1740s: slave conspiracy of 1741.
- 1750s: Columbia University.
- 1770s: Santa Claus.
- 1780s: The US. George Washington’s inauguration. Book of Negroes.
- 1790s: NYSE, US Supreme Court, African Free School.
1800: Population: 60,489
- 1800s: New York Post.
- 1810s: street grid north of 14th Street, Staten Island Ferry, Citigroup.
- 1820s: Con Ed (then a gaslighting company). Slavery abolished.
- 1830s: NYU, Union Theological Seminary, cholera epidemic kills thousands.
- 1840s: NYPD, AP, CUNY, CCNY, Irish wave begins.
- 1850s: Central Park, New York Times, Harper’s, Singer sewing machines, Steinway pianos.
- 1860s: Draft Riots, The Nation. There are 20 minstrel shows.
- 1870s: Boss Tweed scandal, St Patrick’s cathedral, Bloomingdale’s, Museum of Natural History.
- 1880s: Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Dodgers, Goldman Sachs, Life, Cosmopolitan, Wall Street Journal, electric power plant (Pearl Street Station), Jewish wave begins.
- 1890s: Ellis Island, Vogue, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”.
1900: Population: 3,437,202
- 1900s: Ota Benga, NYC subway, Times Square Ball Drop, New York Yankees, Manhattan Bridge, Flatiron Building, Amsterdam News, Schomburg Center, teddy bears, air conditioning.
- 1910s: Daily News, the Reuben sandwich, Grand Central Station, Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers, McGraw-Hill, Titanic fails to arrive.
- 1920s: Marcus Garvey at his height, Harlem Renaissance, Apollo Theater, NMAI, New Yorker, CBS, NBC, Time, New York Giants, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Crash of ’29.
- 1930s: Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Lincoln Tunnel, Radio City Music Hall, Muzak, Scrabble, Betty Boop films, 1939 World’s Fair.
- 1940s: “Ed Sullivan Show”, ABC, TV Guide, credit cards, New York Knicks, bebop, Birdland, Harlem Riot, Jackie Robinson, Puerto Rican wave begins.
- 1950s: UN, Guggenheim, Seagram Building, “Raisin in the Sun”, Village Voice, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Sweet’N Low, Harlem Writers Guild.
- 1960s: Malcolm X at his height, Baldwin-Kennedy meeting, 1964 World’s Fair, Blackout of 1965, Time Life books, New York Mets, Negro Ensemble Company, Rolling Stone, Stonewall Riot, “Sesame Street”.
- 1970s: Essence, heroin epidemic, salsa, hip hop, World Trade Center, Son of Sam, Crazy Eddie, General Tso’s chicken, Blackout of 1977, I ♥ NY, Studio 54, CBGB, HBO.
- 1980s: Crack Era, “The Cosby Show”, MTV, Def Jam, “Video Music Box”, Fort Greene Renaissance, Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Stewart, Yusef Hawkins, Edmund Perry, Central Park Jogger, “Seinfeld”.
- 1990s: Fox News, MSNBC, “The Daily Show”, “Charlie Rose”, Happy Land Fire, Bad Boy Records, Roc-A-Fella, VICE Media, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo.
2000: Population: 8,008,278
- 2000s: 9/11, Time Warner Center, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Tumblr, Nixzmary Brown, Sean Bell, Crash of ’08, Fall of Lehman Brothers.
- 2010s: Occupy Wall Street, “stop and frisk” at its height, Ramarley Graham, #Nerdland, Hurricane Sandy, One World Trade Center, Eric Garner, Peter Liang.
– Abagond, 2017.
- New York