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Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100
by Antonio Sergio Bessa, ed.
Publisher: Fordham University Press 2009
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November 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Boulevard and Concourse, the Bronxs crown jewel of urban planning that stretches over four miles from 138th Street to the Mosholu Parkway. This famous roadway represents Art Deco and Art Moderne architecture at its grandest including a cornucopia of apartment complexes, the Concourse Plaza Hotel, the Loews Paradise Theater, the Bronx County Courthouse, and of course Yankee Stadium. Modeled on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and described in the 1939WPA Guide to New York, as "the Park Avenue of middle-class it offered residents amenities not seen before in the city such as private bathrooms and central heating.Intersections-The Grand Concourse at 100examines the rich history of Bronx's most famous thoroughfare through a fascinating collection of pieceswritten by top rate historians, contemporary museum curators, and two original texts by Alsatian-born engineer Louis Risse who designed and oversaw the construction of the Grand Concourseon the context that informed its planning and construction, along with a vast and lustcollection of photographs that brings this intoxicating period back to life. The book will also feature six art projects especially commissioned for the occasion: a series of large scale color photographs by Jeff Liao;timeline by Skowmon Hastanan; The Tree Museum, a project by Katie Holten on the green spaces along the Concourse; a documentary film by Pablo Helguera on three buildings along the Concourse: Poe's cottage, The Paradise Theater, and Freedman Home; a project by Kabir Carter about capturing sounds from different areas along the Concourse; and a special lobby installation by Acconci Studio.Traveling the Concourse today offers a lesson in architecture, history and sociology as you see the faces and places that call it home. It is truly New York, but more importantly, authentically Bronx. You cant experiencethe Bronx until your travel the Grand Boulevard and Concourse andIntersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 gives you this opportunity.CONTRIBUTORS: Antonio Sergio Bessa, Ray Bromley, Deborah Marton, Jennifer McGregor, Francis Morone, and Clare Weiss.

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