Series Is Given Here As 2 Variables: (1) Manhattan And Portions Of The Bronx, 1868-1920; (2) Manhattan Only, 1902-44. Content: The Data For 1868-1920 Cover Manhattan And Portions Of The Bronx (The Entire Bronx Beginning 1898. Figures For 1898-1901 Are Estimated Buildings For 4 Boroughs Excluding Brooklyn Multiplied By Ratio Of Total New Buildings For Manhattan And Bronx To Total New Buildings For The 4 Boroughs). Published Figures For 1880 And 1892 Are For Five Months Raised On Basis Of Total New Buildings, 5 Months. From 1902-44, Data Are Shown For Manhattan Only. Commercial And Industrial Buildings Are The Sum Of Stores, Office Buildings, Manufactories And Workshops, Stables, And, Beginning 1931, Warehouses. Source: 1868-80:"Ny City Record, " 1881-92: Nyc, "Annual Report Of Fire Dept."; 1893-1901:"Ny City Record" And "Annual Report Of Building Dept;" 1902-35; Nyc (Manhattan), "Annual Report Of The Dept. Of Building"; 1902-20: Nyc (Bronx), "Annual Report Of President;" 1936-44: Records Of Dept. Of Housing And Buildings.
This NBER data series a02056a appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.
NBER Indicator: a02056a
Release: NBER Macrohistory Database
National Bureau of Economic Research, Value of Plans For Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Manhattan for New York, NY [A0256AUS35620A398NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/A0256AUS35620A398NNBR/, November 30, 2015.