Emerging Metropolis

Emerging Metropolis

New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920

City of Promises

by Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer

Published by: NYU Press

368 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781479811052
  • Published: January 2015


  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814767702
  • Published: September 2013



Describes New York’s transformation into a Jewish city

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’ economic, 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.