Bryan Waterman and Cyrus R. K. Patell are collaborating on a cultural history of New York City. Its title is yet to be determined. In this blog, we will report on our wanderings through the city’s past and present. Our goal is to create an informative but entertaining history that will serve as an introduction to the city’s culture — its literary and artistic production — and its cultures — its different peoples and traditions. So put on your mental walking shoes and let’s circumambulate the city together.