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The History Of The Upper West Side

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The Upper West Side attorneys at Banville Law are excited to share this brief history of the Manhattan neighborhood.

The Upper West Side 12,000 Years Ago

It was around 12,000 years ago that the Upper West Side first became inhabited by the Munsee, a subtribe of the Lenape. This tribe lived on land that is now called New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

The Munsee would build temporary villages, living off of different areas of land depending on what was in season. Their way of life continued until Europeans arrived on American shores.

Dutch Settlers Arrive In New York

Upper West Side close to personal injury law firm. In the early 1600s, the Dutch arrived and began to form settlements in New York. The Munsee and other tribes did attack several times, preventing the Dutch from expanding too far. However, following the raids and battles, trades were made with the tribes for the land.

Eventually, the English took over New York and remained in control until the end of the American Revolution.

Although New York City experienced several battles during the American Revolution, the area survived and the population began to grow.

Upper West Side After The American Revolution

The area's proximity to the river caused numerous shipping, transportation, and manufacturing businesses to pop up. This brought jobs to the area and what was once farmland turning into businesses and housing. The neighborhood was connected to other parts of the city by the subway from 1885 - 1910.

The area has undergone many changes since that time and in the late 20th century the Upper West Side underwent a phase of urban renewal.

Today, just under 200,000 people live in the Upper West Side. The vast majority of the residents are adults and the median household income is $123,000. Residents can take advantage of numerous restaurants, visit historical sites, and see shows at places like Julliard.

The Upper West Side lawyers of Banville Law hope that you have enjoyed this post! Continue reading about the area with this post on local resources in the Upper West Side.


Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: February 18, 2020
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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