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Uncle Benjamin, Aunt Lydia, and their son, Daniel, live in the largest city in the United States: New York. Originally called “New Amsterdam,” it began as a Dutch trading post in 1624 on the island of Manhattan. The English took control of the post in 1664 and renamed it “New York.” Later, from 1785 until 1790, New York served as the capital of the United States.
New York City is made up of five boroughs: 1) Manhattan, 2) Brooklyn, 3) Queens, 4) The Bronx, and 5) Staten Island. Until they were combined in 1898, these five boroughs were five separate, distinct cities. The East River Bridge (Brooklyn Bridge) was completed in 1883 and connected the city of Brooklyn to that of Manhattan (where Daniel and his family lived). Manhattan is the busy, skyscraper section of New York City and also home to Central Park.
The image below shows five tourist attractions in New York City. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine which places Daniel and his family might have been able to visit in 1884. Write your answers in the comments.
Could Daniel have visited these places in 1884?
- St. Patrick’s Cathedral YES or NO?
- Statue of Liberty YES or NO?
- Empire State Building YES or NO?
- Central Park YES or NO?
- Flatiron Building YES or NO?
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