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NEW YORK POWER AND PROMINENCE Nothing quite compares with flying into New York City. Manhattan Island -- what a skyline! There may be cities around the world with taller buildings, but no other metropolis can claim to have been the first to rise up and embrace the sky with such enthusiasm. Between 1890 and 1930, midtown Manhattan rose like a beacon to the world. It is difficult to imagine that for most of the eighteenth century, Boston, Charleston and Philadelphia competed with New York for primacy as the key East Coast port. However, New York dominated after the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, which shipped goods and people from as far away as Buffalo on the Niagara River. Considered the greatest technological feat of its day, the canal led to a dramatic increase in farming and trade -- all of it passing through the port of New York. Chapter8