“What shall we do with our great cities? And what will our great cities do with us?”-Rev. Lyman Abbott, Brooklyn, 1891

The Dutch founded New Amsterdam in much the same way that any other of our large cities was founded. But unlike places like Boston or Philadelphia, this place was not founded for religious freedom. This place was founded for trade and profit.

And you can still feel this in the thrum of the city. Now New York is truly a microcosm of modern life. All the good and the bad, the opulent luxury and devastating poverty, the towering glass spires and hard won streets and alley ways.

From all over the world, this city whispers to you in a sweetly seductive voice, “Come here, anything is possible.”

Graven Lore

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