Thank you, New York Federal Reserve Bank! Your Urban Dynamic in New York City conference produced a wealth of wonderful papers about our fair city, and thanks to the December issue of your Economic Policy Review magazine, many of them are online! Our favorite was the sexily titled "Geography of Entrepreneurship in the NYC Metrpolitan Area" [PDF here], which contained this wonderful map of factory density in the city-- as well as maps of wholesale and service-job density. Amazing diagrams! Other great papers included "Urban Colossus: Why is New York America's Largest City?" by Edward Glaeser [PDF here], and a fun essay by Kenneth Jackson, "The Promised City" [PDF here.]

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