The term "Greater New Yorkâ€� appeared in late nineteenth-century debates over the expansion of New York City into todayâ€™s five-borough metropolis. A New York Times editorial of 1891, "Greater New-York," endorsed the enlargement and affirmed that "it is an abhorrent hypothesis that New-York should stop growing."
The same is true for dialogue about the city, the state, and the myriad issues that swirl around both.
In the struggles for a democratic way of life, and in the battles of memory against forgetting, New York has long been the subject and source of ideas and actions with global consequences.
â€œGreater New Yorkâ€� is dedicated to exploring the greatness (and the misery, contention, and achievements) that have always defined New York.
We will focus on the five boroughs and the rest of the state. And if we spot something in the wider world that helps us understand New York, weâ€™ll examine that as well.
We are deeply interested in New Yorkâ€™s history, but we will also embrace the issues of the present.
Greater New York is not so much a place on the map as a shared destiny and a common goal that we all hope to reach.
We invite you to join us in a dialogue on our city, our state, and their significance.