It's no wonder that in a city as large and populous as New York, a steady stream of letters are written to the Mayor throughout the year by its citizens, the majority having been penned for different reasons. [Linked] are just four such letters that I have plucked - with permission - from a truly fascinating book by the name of New York City Museum of Complaint, in which 132 complaint letters written between the years 1751 and 1969, all addressed to the Mayor of that time, have been compiled by Matthew Bakkom. The sheer variety of complaints and observations - in turn unique in their language and/or penmanship - combine to offer an incredibly intriguing snapshot of a type of correspondence rarely mentioned elsewhere.
Transcripts follow each letter.
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