"A Long History of a Short Block" is a study of 486 feet of present-day Greene Street between Houston and Prince Streets in Manhattan, New York.

The Greene Street project was researched, developed, and written by William Easterly, Laura Freschi, and Steven Pennings at the NYU Development Research Institute (DRI).

Research assistance for the academic paper from Marina Kosyachenko, Lauren Hanson, and Fred Rossoff.

Further research, web content, design, sound/video, and web production by Madeline Blount.

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this project are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

Please cite material on this site as follows: 
William Easterly, Laura Freschi, and Steven Pennings, "A Long History of a Short Block: Four Centuries of Development Surprises on a Single Stretch of New York City Street," DRI Working Paper No. 96, Development Research Institute, New York University, New York, NY, 2014, Online Appendix.

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