Meinhard v. Salmon

25 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2007 Last revised: 17 Mar 2008

Date Written: September 2007


This article offers a legal history of the northwest corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the plot of land that, among other things, was the source of dispute in Meinhard v. Salmon, one of the leading business law cases in American history. Using the Meinhard case as a lens, the paper explores New York's changing ethnic, social, and economic environment - the rise and fall of industries, the booms and busts of business conditions, the dispersal and commercialization of landed estates, the influence of immigrants, the role of yachting, horse racing, art collecting and charitable work in establishing social standing, and the importance of family and heritage in the development of New York City during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

Suggested Citation

Miller, Geoffrey P., Meinhard v. Salmon (September 2007). NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 07-35, Available at SSRN: or

Geoffrey P. Miller (Contact Author)

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