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In the same manner that the BBC explored world history in 100 objects, The New York Times enlisted the help of historians and museum curators to summarize the history of New York City in only 50 objects. The list is as chronological as it is selective, featuring items that embody both the spirit of the city, and its progression from the Schaghenbrief — the earliest known recording that documented the sale of Manhattan Island for $24 in 1626, to its status as a global epicenter of trade and culture. See anything that didn’t make the list? Or conversely, anything that shouldn’t be on the list? Head over to The New York Times to get the full rundown here.