25 Essential Historical Novels Set In New York City

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Historical fiction set in New York City has never been more popular than it is today. Here's a good starter kit of 25 NYC historical novels -- from genuine classics to current genre releases -- that use the past as both an engine and a decoration.

  • 1876: A Novel

  • The Age of Innocence (Dover Thrift Editions)

  • The Alienist

  • The Banished Children of Eve: A Novel of Civil War New York

  • Brooklyn: A Novel

  • Chinatown Family (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas)

  • The Chosen: A Novel

  • City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan

  • Dreamland

  • The Fortress of Solitude

  • Forever: A Novel

  • The Gods of Gotham (A Timothy Wilde Novel)

  • Jazz

  • Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

  • Manhattan Transfer: A Novel

  • New York: The Novel

  • The Queen of Bedlam (Matthew Corbett Book 2)

  • Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)

  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

Greg Young, The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast and blog