Greater New York: How Five Boroughs Became One City

All this summer, we've been catching up with the five keepers of the city’s past, the historians in charge of studying and preserving the stories of New York’s neighborhoods -- all for no pay. To conclude our series, here's a look at how the city of New York that we know today came into being in 1898, when the five boroughs were consolidated into "Greater New York."

Below are two separate chapters from Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione's 1998 documentary "The City of Greater New York: The Story of Consolidation."