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This chapter reads the “Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations” (1853–1854), better known as the “New York Crystal Palace,” as a significant episode in the non-narrative serial form of world’s fairs and argues that the New York Crystal Palace’s mode of transatlantic adaptation makes it structurally similar to the narrative serial genre of city mysteries. Concluding with an analysis of Fifteen Minutes Around New York, George G. Foster’s tourist guide for the fair, this chapter analyzes how the New York Crystal Palace provided new perspectives on the emerging metropolis through a cultural form that was, like the city mystery genre, transnational, popular, and serial.