Ny History

NIGHT CLASS: A DOWNTOWN MEMOIR

The playground of the rich and the beautiful, downtown New York's nightlife spectacles and power of self-invention incubated pop icons from Andy Warhol to Lady Gaga. NYU sociologist Victor P. Corona sought a new education, where night classes held in galleries, nightclubs, bars, apartments, stoops, and all-night diners taught him about love, loss, and the living possibilities of identity.
July 1, 2017 | Paperback |
$16.00

CHIEF ENGINEER: WASHINGTON ROEBLING, THE MAN WHO BUILT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Written by Wagner, Erica
His father conceived the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling's sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American's most iconic structures.
June 27, 2017 | Hardcover | Bloomsbury USA | 384 Pages |
$28.00

VANISHING NEW YORK: HOW A GREAT CITY LOST ITS SOUL

Written by Moss, Jeremiah
"An unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century, and a love letter to lost New York, by the creator of the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York. For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric.
July 25, 2017 | Hardcover | Dey Street Books | 480 Pages |
$28.99
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DESIGN FOR THE CROWD: PATRIOTISM AND PROTEST IN UNION SQUARE

Written by Merwood-Salisbury, Joanna
Situated on Broadway between Fourteenth and Seventeenth Streets, Union Square occupies a central place in both the geography and the history of New York City.
October 3, 2019 | Hardcover | University of Chicago Press | 312 Pages |
$35.00

BOSS OF THE GRIPS: THE LIFE OF JAMES H. WILLIAMS AND THE RED CAPS OF GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Written by Washington, Eric K
In a feat of remarkable research and timely reclamation, Eric K. Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878-1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal's Red Caps--a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America's most august railroad station.
October 22, 2019 | Hardcover | Liveright Publishing Corporation | 352 Pages |
$27.95

SEX MONEY MURDER: A STORY OF CRACK, BLOOD, AND BETRAYAL

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Bronx had one of the highest per capita murder rates in the country. The use of crack cocaine surged, replacing heroin as the high of choice. Drug dealers claimed territory through intimidation and murder, and families found themselves fractured by crime and incarceration.
June 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.95

EVERYBODY'S DOIN' IT: SEX, MUSIC, AND DANCE IN NEW YORK, 1840-1917

Everybody’s Doin’ It is the eye-opening story of popular music’s seventy-year rise in the brothels, dance halls, and dives of New York City. It traces the birth of popular music, including ragtime and jazz, to convivial meeting places for sex, drink, music, and dance. Whether coming from a single piano player or a small band, live music was a nightly feature in New York’s spirited dives, where men and women, often black and white, mingled freely―to the horror of the elite. This rollicking demimonde drove the development of an energetic dance music that would soon span the world. The Virginia Minstrels, Juba, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and his hit “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and the Original Dixieland Jass Band all played a part in popularizing startling new sounds. Musicologist Dale Cockrell recreates this ephemeral underground world by mining tabloids, newspapers, court records of police busts, lurid exposés, journals, and the reports of undercover detectives working for social-reform organizations, who were sent in to gather evidence against such low-life places. Everybody’s Doin’ It illuminates the how, why, and where of America’s popular music and its buoyant journey from the dangerous Five Points of downtown to the interracial black and tans of Harlem.30 illustrationsEverybody's Doin' It follows the birth of popular music, including ragtime and jazz, to the convivial meeting places for sex, drink, music, and dance. Whether a single piano player or small band, live music was a nightly feature in New York's spirited basement bars, dance halls, and concert saloons.
August 1, 2019 | Hardcover |
$27.95

STONEWALL: THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF THE LGBTQ RIGHTS UPRISING THAT CHANGED AMERICA

The definitive account of the Stonewall Riots, the first Gay Rights March, and the LGBTQ activists at the center of the movement.
June 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$18.00
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BEHIND THE PRIVETS: CLASSIC HAMPTONS HOUSES

Written by Barons, Richard
Classic and timeless, these exclusive homes recall the simple glamor of vintage Hamptons design. For every lavish, state-of-the-art, over-the-top home under construction in the Hamptons, there is an equally compelling, culturally significant home that has been restored and maintained its original designs.
June 4, 2019 | Hardcover | Prestel Publishing |
$50.00

NEW BROOKLYN: WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING A CITY BACK

Featured in The New York Times Book Review Only a few decades ago, the Brooklyn stereotype well known to Americans was typified by television programs such as "The Honeymooners" and "Welcome Back, Kotter"--comedies about working-class sensibilities, deprivation, and struggles.
April 1, 2019 | Paperback |
$17.95

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