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I Speak of the City: Poems of New York
by Stephen Wolf (editor)
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2007
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I Speak of the City is the most extensive collection of poems ever assembled about New York. Beginning with an early piece by Jacob Steendam (from when the city was called New Amsterdam) and continuing through poems written in the aftermath of 9/11, this... >
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Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo
by Roslyn Bernstein and Shael Shapiro
Publisher: Jonas Mekas Foundation 2010
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The first of 16 artist coops started by George Maciunas, founder of the Fluxus art movement, Fluxhouse Coop II spurred the development of SoHo and the spread of loft conversions worldwide. 80 Wooster Street was a magnet for the avant-garde. Home to Jonas... >
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Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing
by Bernard E. Harcourt
Publisher: Harvard University Press 2001
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This is the first book to challenge the "broken-windows" theory of crime, which argues that permitting minor misdemeanors to go unpunished only encourages more serious crime. Bernard Harcourt argues that although the broken-windows theory has been around... >
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An Immigrant Neighborhood Interethnic and Interracial Encounters in New York before 1930
by Shirley J. Yee
Publisher: Temple University Press 2012
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Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
by Elizabeth Ewen
Publisher: Monthly Review Press 1985
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At the turn of the century, millions of European women set sail with their families with the United States. Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars tells the story of the Jewish and Italian women who came to inhabit New York's Lower East Side during this... >
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The Impact of Hispanic Growth on the Racial/Ethnic Composition of New York City Neighborhoods
by Arun P. Llobo, Ronald J.O. Flores, Joseph J. Salvo
Publisher: Urban affairs Review 2002
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Imperial Blues: Geographies of Race and Sex in Jazz Age New York
by Fiona I. B. NgoÌ
Publisher: Duke University Press 2013
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Impressionist New York
by William H. Gerdts
Publisher: Artabras Publishers 1997
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Organized geographically -- with chapters on Fifth Avenue and Broadway, lower Manhattan Central Park, the waterfront and bridges, the outer boroughs, and so on -- Impressionist New York chronicles the intersection of the city's history with art history... >
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In Gotham's Shadow: Brooklyn and the Consolidation of Greater New York
by Steven A. Levine
Publisher: City University of New York 2002
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In King's Shadow: Bayard Rustin and the 1963 March on Washington
by William C. Kashatus
Publisher: Pennsylvania Heritage 2004
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In The City: Random Acts Of Awareness
by Colette Brooks
Publisher: W. W. Norton 2002
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An award-winning kaleidoscope of a book that "shocks and stirs the urban heart," capturing city life on the edge of the twenty-first century. Winner of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, In the City is an idiosyncratic re-creation of the jagged edges and... >
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In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City
by Craig Steven Wilder
Publisher: New York University Press 2001
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From the subaltern assemblies of the enslaved in colonial New York City to the benevolent New York African Society of the early national era to the formation of the African Blood Brotherhood in twentieth century Harlem, voluntary associations have been a... >
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In The Shadow Of Slavery African Americans In New York City, 1626-1863
by Leslie M Harris
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2003
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In 1991 in lower Manhattan, a team of construction workers made an astonishing discovery. Just two blocks from City Hall, under twenty feet of asphalt, concrete, and rubble, lay the remains of an eighteenth-century "Negro Burial Ground." Closed in 1790... >
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In Their Own Image: New York Jews in Jazz Age American Popular Culture
by Edward Paul Merwin
Publisher: City University of New York 2002
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In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966
by Joshua Benjamin Freeman
Publisher: Temple University Press 2001
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This history of New York transit workers from the Great Depression to the monumental 1966 transit strike shows how, through collective action, the men and women who operated the world's largest transit system brought about a virtual revolution in their... >
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Indian Affairs in Colonial New York: The Seventeenth Century
by Allen W. Trelease
Publisher: Cornell University Press 2009
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First published in 1960, Indian Affairs in Colonial New York remains the only one-volume study of Indian-European relations in seventeenth-century New York. In the first half of this book, Allen W. Trelease describes the Dutch period that followed Henry... >
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Inside Grand Central Terminal: A Photo Essay
by Kurt Boone
Publisher: Tasora Books
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Inside Grand Central Terminal is a unique story about and written by Kurt Boone--with photography by John Sarsgard--a veteran messenger who rode all 22 major subway lines in a week picking up and delivering critical documents and packages to businesses... >
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Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898–1918
by Gerald W. McFarland
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press 2001
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In the popular imagination, New York City's Greenwich Village has long been known as a center of bohemianism, home to avant-garde artists, political radicals, and other nonconformists who challenged the reigning orthodoxies of their time. Yet as Gerald... >
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Inside New York 2010
by Nina Pedrad
Publisher: Inside New York 2009
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Inside New Yorkis a complete guidebook to life in the city. Not just a list of places to eat, drink, party, and shop, Inside New Yorkis a detailed resource for the cultivation of a seasoned New Yorker.Since 1978, Inside New Yorkhas treated transplants... >
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Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City
by James Nevius
Publisher: Simon and Schuster 2009
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How much do you actually know about New York City? Did you know they tried to anchor Zeppelins at the top of the Empire State Building? Or that the high-rent district of Park Avenue was once so dangerous it was called "Death Avenue"? Lively and... >
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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel
by Sherill Tippins
Publisher: 2013
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Intellectual Struggles Between Blacks and Jews from the 1940s Through the 1960s: A Prelude to the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Conflict (New York City)
by Glen Anthony Harris
Publisher: Florida State University 2003
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Interborough Fleet
by Joe Cunningham
Publisher: Xplorer Press 2001
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Interpretations of the Crown Heights Riot
by Edward S Shapiro
Publisher: American Jewish History 2003
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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... >
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Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York, 1955
by Midori Yoshimoto
Publisher: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2002
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Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert
by Cass Gilbert, Margaret Heilbrun (editor)
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2000
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Cass Gilberts pioneering buildings injected vitality into skyscraper design, and his "Gothic skyscraper," epitomized by the Woolworth Building, profoundly influenced architects during the first decades of the twentieth century. Now, as the New-York... >
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Inventing Times Square: Commerce and Culture at the Crossroads of the World
by William R Taylor
Publisher: Johns Hopkins paperbacks ed. 1996
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A unique volume, Inventing Times Square approaches the subject of twentieth-century American city culture through a multidimensional examination of one quintessential urban space: Times Square. Ranging in time from 1905, when the crossroad was given its... >
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An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City
by Maxine L. Margolis
Publisher: University of Florida Press 2009
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In the mid-1980s, a relatively new immigrant stream from Brazil began to arrive in New York City. Like other immigrant populations, many of the new arrivals were undocumented, but, unlike other groups, most were from middle-class backgrounds and few... >
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Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City
by Stanley Greenberg
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 1998
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Invisible New York is a photographic exploration of the hidden and often abandoned infrastructure of New York City. Inaccessible and unknown to most New Yorkers, the structures and machinery captured in Stanley Greenberg's luminous black-and-white prints... >
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The Irish play on the New York stage, 1874-1966
by John P. Harrington
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky 1997
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In this study of literary and cultural history, John Harrington focuses on seven opening nights to look at the reception of Irish drama on the New York stage over a period of nearly one hundred years. A strong first volume in the series Irish Literature,... >
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Irving Howe: A Life Of Passionate Dissent
by Gerald Sorin
Publisher: New York University Press 2002
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By the time he died in 1993 at the age of 73, Irving Howe was one of the twentieth century's most important public thinkers. Deeply passionate, committed to social reform and secular Jewishness, ardently devoted to fiction and poetry, in love with... >
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The Island at the Center of the World: the Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan
by Russell Shorto
Publisher: Vintage 2004
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When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony... >
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Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York
by Richard Zacks
Publisher: Doubleday 2012
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It Happened On Washington Square
by Emily Kies Folpe
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2002
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The heart of New York City's Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park has been a vital public space for nearly two centuries. Lined by elegant townhouses, anchored by Stanford White's iconic Washington Arch, and used by students and professionals, dog... >
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The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City
by Simone Cinotto
Publisher: 2013
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Italian Americn Radical Culture in New York City: The Politics and the Arts of the Sovversivi, 1890-1940
by Marcella Bencivenni
Publisher: City University of New York 2003
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The Italians of New York
by Maurizio Molinari
Publisher: 2012
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Jackie Robinson And The Integration Of Baseball
by Scott Simon
Publisher: J. Wiley & Sons 2002
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The integration of baseball in 1947 had undeniable significance for the civil rights movement and American history. In Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, renowned broadcaster Scott Simon brings his passion for baseball and for civil rights... >
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Jackson Heights Chronicles: When Crossing the Border Isn't Enough
by Orlando Tobon
Publisher: Atria 2006
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Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary
by Alice Sparberg Alexiou
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2006
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"In this analysis of Jane Jacobs's ideas and work, Alice Sparberg Alexiou tells the story of a woman who without any formal training in planning became a prominent spokesperson for sensible urban change. Besides writing the seminal book about... >
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The Jarring Interests: New York's Boundary Makers, 1664-1776
by Philip J. Schwarz
Publisher: SUNY Press 1979
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The Jazz Cadence of American Culture
by Robert G. O'Meally
Publisher: Columbia University Press 1998
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Taking to heart Ralph Ellison's remark that much in American life is "jazz-shaped," The Jazz Cadence of American Culture offers a wide range of eloquent statements about the influence of this art form. Robert G. O'Meally has gathered a comprehensive... >
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Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties
by Robert Nippoldt
Publisher: 2013
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The Jew of New York
by Ben Katchor
Publisher: Pantheon Books 2000
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In 1825, Mordecai Noah, a New York politician and amateur playwright possessed of a utopian vision, summoned all the lost tribes of Israel to an island near Buffalo in the hope of establishing a Jewish state. His failed plan, a mere footnote in... >
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Jewish New York: A Guide To The 350 Year-Old Community
by Ira Wolfman
Publisher: Universe Pub 2003
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A beautifully illustrated guide to Jewish life in the metropolis: Jewish New York celebrates Jewish life in New York City from the seventeenth century to the present through a selection of photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs, manuscripts, postcards,... >
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Jews of Brooklyn
by Ilana Abramovitch and Seán Galvin
Publisher: UPNE 2002
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Jews Without Money
by Michael Gold
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers 1996
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As a writer and political activist in early-twentieth-century America, Michael Gold was an important presence on the American cultural scene for more than three decades. Beginning in the 1920s his was a powerful journalistic voice for social change and... >
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Jews: A People's History of the Lower East Side, volumes I–III
by Clayton Patterson, et al.
Publisher: 2013
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Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History Of Race And Citizenship, 1777-1877
by David Nathaniel Gellman, David Quigley
Publisher: New York University Press 2003
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"With so many document collections aimed at teaching scholars and students about slavery and race relations in the nineteenth-century South, it is refreshing and enlightening to read a collection that reminds us of the northern side of the... >
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John & Yoko: A New York Love Story
by Allan Tannenbaum
Publisher: Insight Editions 2007
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John E. Wool and the New York City Draft Riots of 1863: A Reassessment
by Laurence M. Hauptman
Publisher: Civil War History 2003
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John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream
by Joseph P. Viteritti
Publisher: John Hopkins University Press 2014
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A Journey Into Dorothy Parker's New York
by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, Marion Meade
Publisher: Roaring Forties Press 2005
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Taking the reader through the New York that inspired, and was in turn inspired by, the formidable Mrs. Parker, this guide uses rarely seen archival photographs from her life to illustrate Dorothy Parker's development as a writer, a formidable wit, and a... >
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Just Enough Liebling: Classic Work By The Legendary New Yorker Writer
by A. J Liebling
Publisher: North Point Press 2004
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Abbott Joseph Liebling was one of the greatest of all New Yorker writers, a colorful figure who helped set the magazine's urbane tone and style. Just Enough Liebling gathers in one volume the vividest and most enjoyable of his pieces. Charles McGrath (in... >
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Just Kids: From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel, a Life of Art and Friendship
by Patti Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing 2010
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'It was the summer that Coltrane died. The summer Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames and China exploded the H-bomb. There were riots in Newark and marches against the war in Vietnam. The world was on the brink of change. It was the summer of love. And... >
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Kafka was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir
by Anatole Broyard
Publisher: Vintage Books 1997
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Nineteen forty-six was a good time - perhaps the best time - in the twentieth century. The war was over and there was a terrific sense of coming back, of repossessing life. Rents were cheap, restaurants were cheap, and it seemed to me that happiness... >
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King of the Bowry: Big Tim Sullivan, Tammany Hall, and New York City from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era
by Robert F. Welch
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2008
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King of the Bowery is the first complete study of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, Tammany chieftain and kingmaker. "King of the Lower East Side" to many, and to some "King of the Underworld," Sullivan was a pivotal figure in the late nineteenth-and early... >
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The Kingdom of New York: Knights, Knaves, Billionaires, and Beauties in the City of Big Shots
by The New York Observer
Publisher: Harper 2009
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For the last two decades, The New York Observer has documented the Platinum Age of New York, when the city's new elite rose and dominated society, media, business, and culture with an amusing arrogance that redefined the power capital of the world. The... >
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Knickerbocker Knowledge: Mapping Cultural Authority in the Literature of New York
by Elizabeth Lee Bradley
Publisher: New York University 2002
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Knickerbocker: The Myth behind New York
by Elizabeth L. Bradley
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2009
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Deep within New York’s compelling, sprawling history lives an odd, ornery Manhattan native named Diedrich Knickerbocker. The name may be familiar today: his story gave rise to generations of popular tributes—from a beer brand to a basketball team... >
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Knickerbocker: The Myth behind New York
by Elizabeth L. Bradley
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2009
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Knocking at Our Own Door: Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle to Integrate New York City Schools
by Clarence Taylor
Publisher: Lexington Books 2000
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What caused one of America's most promising civil rights movements to implode on the eve of change? Knocking at Our Own Door chronicles the life of New York's preeminent but little-studied integrationist, Milton A. Galamison, and his controversial... >
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Knowledge, Culture, and Science in the Metropolis: The New York Academy of Sciences, 1817-1970 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol 584)
by Simon Baatz
Publisher: New York Academy of Sciences 1990
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An account of science in New York City that provides a persuasive interpretation of the changing nature of scientific activity and how this has affected long-standing institutions such as the NYAS. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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The Labor Movement and Black Economic Equality in New York City: District 65, 1934-1954
by Lisa Ann Wunderlich Phillips
Publisher: Rutgers University 2002
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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE BRONX IS BURING: BASEBALL, POLITICS, AND THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF A CITY
by Jonathan Mahler
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2005
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The strange life of New York City in 1977 is recounted in this kaleidoscopic history. Arguing broadly that that year can be read as "a transformative moment for the city, a time of decay but of regeneration as well," Mahler, a contributing writer for the... >
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of A City
by Jonathan Mahler
Publisher: 2005
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The author chronicles a year in the life of New York City, gazing at the metropolis through the lens of the Yankees, exploring issues of race and crime and profliling Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Ed Koch, and Mario Cuomo, among others.
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Landlord and Tenant in Colonial New York: Manorial Society, 1664-1775
by Sung Bok Kim
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr 1987
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Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue
by Annie Polland
Publisher: Yale University Press 2008
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New York City’s magnificent Eldridge Street Synagogue was built in 1887 in response to the great wave of Jewish immigrants who fled persecution in eastern Europe. Finding their way to the Lower East Side, the new arrivals formed a vibrant Jewish... >
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The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated Record of the City's Historic Buildings
by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Publisher: Monacelli 2005
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The Landscape of Modernity: Essays on New York City, 1900-1940
by David Ward
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 1997
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New York City stands as the first expression of the modern city, a mosaic of disparate neighborhoods born in 1898 with the amalgamation of the five boroughs and shaped by the passions of developers and regulators, architects and engineers, politicians... >
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Last Good Season: Brooklyn, The Dodgers, And Their Final Pennant Race Together
by Michael Shapiro
Publisher: Doubleday 2003
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In the bestselling tradition of "The Boys of Summer and "Wait 'Til Next Year, "The Last Good Season is the poignant and dramatic story of the Brooklyn Dodgers' last pennant and the forces that led to their heartbreaking departure to Los Angeles. The... >
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The Last Neighborhood Cops: The Rise and Fall of Community Policing in New York Public Housing
by Gregory H. Umbach
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2011
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In recent years, community policing has transformed American law enforcement by promising to build trust between citizens and officers. Today, three-quarters of American police departments claim to embrace the strategy. But decades before the phrase was... >
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The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station
by Lorraine B. Diehl
Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows
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This book offers a moving and tragic account of the history, creation, and the ultimate demise of the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City. An elegant symbol of turn-of-the-century classicism, the station was designed by the preeminent... >
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Laughter, Music and Tragedy at the New York Pathe Studio
by Richard Koszarski
Publisher: Film History 2002
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Launching a Thousand Ships: Entrepreneurs, War Workers, and the State in American Shipbuilding, 1940-1945
by Christopher James Tassava
Publisher: Northwestern University 2003
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Law and Order at Large: The New York Civillian Review Board Referendum of 1966 and the Crisis of Liberalism
by Michael W. Flamm
Publisher: Historian 2002
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LEARNING TO GOVERN: MY LIFE IN NEW YORK POLITICS, FROM HELL GATE TO CITY HALL
by Peter F. Vallone
Publisher: Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc 2005
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From his vantage point deep in the Democratic Party machinery and as the longtime Speaker of the City Council of New York City, Vallone delivers a detailed view of the complex workings of Big Apple politics from the 1970s through 2001. A deft mix of the... >
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Leaving Brooklyn
by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co. PS 3569 .69 L4 1989
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The story Schwartz tells is of her adolescence, her coming of age in the sheltered world of the 1950s, and more aptly, her emergence from the sheltered life of childhood. Its central metaphor, that of the oddity of vision occasioned by a lazy, or "bad"... >
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Left on the Construction Bench: The New York Construction Trades and Racial Integration, 1960
by Stacy Kinlock Sewell
Publisher: New York History 2002
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The Legacy of Wealth: Primogeniture Among the Rockefellers
by Marsha Shapiro Rose
Publisher: Journal of Family History 2002
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A Legend In The Making: The New York Yankees In 1939
by Richard J Tofel
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee 2002
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Here is the story of perhaps the greatest team in baseball history and of one of the game's most remarkable seasons. With Babe Ruth having retired but Lou Gehrig still in his prime, the Yankees in 1939 won their fourth consecutive world series — and... >
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Leonard Covello, the Covello Papers, and the History of Eating Habits Among Italian Imigrants in New York
by Simone Cinotto
Publisher: Journal of American History 2003
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Licentious Gotham: Erotic Publishing and Its Prosecution in Nineteenth-century New York
by Donna Dennis
Publisher: Harvard University Press 2009
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Licentious Gotham: Erotic Publishing and Its Prosecution in Nineteenth-century New York
by Donna Dennis
Publisher: Harvard University Press 2009
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Licentious Gotham, set in the streets, news depots, publishing houses, grand jury chambers, and courtrooms of the nation’s great metropolis, delves into the stories of the enterprising men and women who created a thriving transcontinental market for... >
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The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street
by John P. Harrington
Publisher: Syracuse University Press 2007
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Improbably located in the heart of the Jewish ghetto on the Lower East side of Manhattan, the "Neighborhood Playhouse" and its brief yet influential tenure offers a fascinating story from the annals of theater history. This book provides an account of... >
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Life on a Rocky Farm Rural Life near New York City in the Late Nineteenth Century
by Lucas C. Barger
Publisher: SUNY Press 2013
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Life on the Ledge: Reflections of a New York City Window Cleaner
by Ivor Hanson
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio 2006
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After playing in punk bands with Henry Rollins and Ian Mackaye, Ivor must face that he won't be a rock star and that window cleaning isn't his day job; it's his only job.
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Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950
by Rebecca Lepkoff, Suzanne Wasserman, Peter Dans
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 2006
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A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of... >
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Lincoln and New York
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Publisher: McMillan Palgrave 2009
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The book, based on an important exhibition at the New-York Historical Society of original artifacts, iconic images and hand-written period documents, fully traces for the first time the evolution of Lincoln’s relationship with the nation’s largest... >
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Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President
by Harold Holzer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2006
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Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System
by Diane Galusha
Publisher: Purple Mountain Pr Ltd 1999
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New York City's water system is, by every measure, an engineering marvel. Delivering 1.2 billion gallons of water each day to more than nine million people, it is a complex network of reservoirs stretched out over a vast upstate region and connected by a... >
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Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life
by Evan Hughes
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company 2011
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According to freelance journalist and critic Hughes, the one experience Brooklyn writers share is living just outside "the colossal, churning center of the metropolis," thus providing a "revealing window onto the broader history of American urban life."... >
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Little Italy
by Emelise Aleandri
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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Often separated from other immigrants because of their language, Italian immigrants to New York City in the 1880s formed communities apart from their new neighbors. They tended to think of themselves collectively as a small Italian colony, La Colonia,... >
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Live From New York: An Uncensored Story Of Saturday Night Live
by Tom Shales, James A Miller
Publisher: Little, Brown 2002
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A star-studded, first-person history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writer's offices, and on the town.
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Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945
by Jennifer Guglielmo
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 2010
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Italians were the largest group of immigrants to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, and hundreds of thousands led and participated in some of the period's most volatile labor strikes. Yet until now, Italian women's political activism... >
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The Local Polity as a Pathway for Public Power: Taming the Business Tiger During New York City's Industrial Age
by Paul Kantor
Publisher: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (London) 2002
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Loft Living: Culture & Capital in Urban Change
by Sharon Zukin
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1989
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This book exposes the meeting of art and real estate markets, the happy meeting between artists' demand for housing and city officials and homeowners who wanted to 'upgrade' their neighborhoods by private market means--and how those artists were used and... >
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Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America
by Peter A. Quinn
Publisher: Overlook 2007
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In this remarkable collection of writings chronicling the author's exploration of his own past, Quinn paints a brilliant new portrait of the Irish-American men and women whose culture and values now play such a central role in all of our identities as... >
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Losing Ground: Harlem, the War on Drugs, and the Prison Industry Complex
by Leith Mullings
Publisher: Souls 2003
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Lost and Found: Stories from New York, Vol. II
by Thomas Beller
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company 2009
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Acclaimed fiction writer Thomas Beller culls a new volume of essays, vignettes, and tales of the city from the literary Web site Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, one of the premier venues for the urban sketch on the Internet.
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Lost and Found: Stories from New York, Volume 2
by Thomas Beller
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc 2009
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Acclaimed fiction writer Thomas Beller culls a new volume of essays, vignettes, and tales of the city from the literary Web site Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, one of the premier venues for the urban sketch on the Internet.Lost and Found , Volume II of the... >
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Lost New York
by Nathan Silver
Publisher: Mariner Books 2000
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When it was first published in 1968, the critically acclaimed LOST NEW YORK became an instant classic for the way it reawakened a lost city. Now expanded and updated, with 118 new photographs, the book reveals a fresh, true picture of New York as it has... >
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Lost Prophet: The Life And Times Of Bayard Rustin
by John D'Emilio
Publisher: Free Press 2003
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Bayard Rustin is one of the most important figures in the history of the American civil rights movement. Before Martin Luther King, before Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin was working to bring the cause to the forefront of America's consciousness. A teacher to... >
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Lost Waterfront: The Decline and Rebirth of Manhattan's Western Shore
by Shelley Seccombe, Philip Lopate, and Albert K. Butzel
Publisher: Fordham University Press and Friends of Hudson River Park, Inc. 2007
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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
by Will Hermes
Publisher: Baker & Taylor 2011
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Chronicles five epochal years of music in the Big Apple against a backdrop of the high crime and low rents of the mid-1970s, tracing the formations of key sounds while evaluating the contributions of influential artists.
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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
by Luc Sante
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux 2003
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"A cacophonous poem of democracy and greed, like the streets of New York themselves." --John Vernon, " Los Angeles Times Book Review Luc Sante's "Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.... >
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The Lower Manhattan Plan: The 1966 Vision For Downtown New York
by Carol Willis, Ann L Buttenwieser, Paul Willen, James S Rossant
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press: The Skyscraper Museum 2002
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In the mid-1960s, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner assembled a team of the best and brightest urban designers and architects to decide the future of downtown Manhattan. After six months of drawing and discussion, they produced The Lower Manhattan Plan,... >
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
by Robert M. Grippo, Christopher Hoskins
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing 2005
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Lets have a parade is the phrase that begins a beloved American tradition, the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 1924, employees of the R. H. Macy and Company store in Herald Square, many of whom were immigrants and first-generation Americans, chose to... >
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The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed A City
by Michael M. Greenburg
Publisher: Baker & Taylor 2011
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Between 1940 and 1957, 33 bombs--strategically placed in Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall, Macy's and other populous areas of New York--paralyzed the city, sending shockwaves of fear through an unsuspecting public. George Metesky, the... >
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The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld
by Tom Folsom
Publisher: Milo Books 2009
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Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks
by Miriam Berman
Publisher: Diane Pub Co 2004
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Through the decades, Madison Square has managed to remain one of the most vital places in the heart of New York City. It’s current visual profile of the Flatiron Building, Met Life Tower and New York Life’s golden pyramid sets the stage for a look at... >
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York)
by Stephen Crane
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 1999
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This definitive, annotated edition of Maggie is based on Crane’s original 1893 text. More than 175 pages of documents are organized into thematic units on late-nineteenth- and turn-of-the-century American society covering tenement life; shops, saloons,... >
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Making love modern: the intimate public worlds of New York's literary women
by Nina Miller
Publisher: Oxford University Press 1999
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In the teens and twenties, New York was home to a rich variety of literary subcultures. Within these intermingled worlds, gender lines and other boundaries were crossed in ways that were hardly imaginable in previous decades. Among the bohemians of... >
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Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York
by Francis M. Naumann et al
Publisher: Whitney Museum of Art 1996
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Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills
by David Stradling
Publisher: University of Washington Press 2007
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For over 200 years, the Catskill Mountains have been repeatedly and dramatically transformed by New York City. Stradling shows that the process was collaborative, as local and urban hands, capital, and ideas have come together to reshape the mountains... >
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Making New York Dominican: Small Business, Politics, and Everyday Life
by Christian Krohn-Hansen
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2013
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The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975
by Seymour P. Lachman and Hugh Polner
Publisher: SUNY Press 2010
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A dramatic and colorful portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable governors, Hugh L. Carey, with emphasis on his leadership during the fiscal crisis of 1975. The Man Who Saved New York offers a portrait of one of New York’s most remarkable... >
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Manchild in the Promised Land
by Claude Brown
Publisher: Touchstone Press 1999
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Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been... >
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Manhattan '45
by Jan Morris
Publisher: JHU Press 1998
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In 1945, New York City stood at the pinnacle of its cultural and economic power. Never again would the city possess the unique mixture of innocence and sophistication, romance and formality, generosity and confidence which characterized it in this moment... >
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Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850
by Elizabeth Blackmar
Publisher: Cornell University Press 1991
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Winner of the Vernacular Architecture Forum's Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize for 1990 "In this interesting and wide-ranging book, Elizabeth Blackmar investigates the development of New York City's housing market from colonial times to 1850. She discusses... >
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Manhattan Monologues
by Louis Auchincloss
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company 2002
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He is our sublime master of manners, our "most astute observer of moral paradox among the affluent" (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.), and "one of the essential American writers" (Kirkus). Now, in his fifty-seventh book, Louis Auchincloss delivers a brilliant... >
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Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York
by Samuel Zipp
Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
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Moving beyond the usual good-versus-evil story that pits master-planner Robert Moses against the plucky neighborhood advocate Jane Jacobs, Samuel Zipp sheds new light on the rise and fall of New York's urban renewal in the decades after World War II.... >
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Manhattan Unfurled
by Matteo Pericoli and Paul Goldberger
Publisher: Random House Trade 2001
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Matteo Pericoli trained as an architect in Milan and then came to work in New York in 1995. His arrival preceded by just a few days the arrival of the biggest snowstorm of the decade, and the sense of the city in its wake especially its silence ... >
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Manhattan Water-Bound: Manhattan's Waterfront from the Seventeenth Century to the Present
by Ann L. Buttenwieser, Robert A. M. Stern
Publisher: Syracuse University Press 1999
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In an illustrated case study of urban shoreline development, Buttenwieser (Columbia U. School of Architecture) chronicles clashes over Manhattan's landfill since the 1624 purchase. Includes a waterfront timeline in the context of state and national... >
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Manhattanville, NY: Old Heart of West Harlem
by Eric K. Washington
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing 2002
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Manhattanville: Old Heart Of West Harlem
by Eric K Washington
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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During the 1800s, Manhattanville flourished as the West Side counterpart to its parent village of Harlem. The wide valley around present-day Broadway and 125th Street formed a unique gateway to the Hudson River between Morningside Heights and Washington... >
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Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
by Eric W. Sanderson
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams 2009
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On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It's difficult for us to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A... >
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Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
by Eric W. Sanderson
Publisher: 2009
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On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It's difficult for us to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A... >
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A Maritime History of New York
by WPA Writers' Project
Publisher: Going Coastal, Inc. 2004
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Republication of a seminal work about New York City’s waterfront which begins with the formation of New York Harbor in the Ice Age and covers the history of the great seaport through when the book was first published in 1941. The Going Coastal edition... >
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Maritime Mile: The Story of the Greenwich Village Waterfront
by Stuart Waldman, Zack Winestine
Publisher: Mikaya Press 2002
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Marketing Modernity: The J. Walter Thompson Company and North American Advertising in Brazil, 1929-1939
by James P. Woodard
Publisher: Hispanic American Review 2002
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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer
by Steven Millhauser
Publisher: Vintage Books USA 1997
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Winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Steven Millhauser's novel recounts the life of Martin Dressler, from his humble beginnings behind the counter of his father's cigar store to the outrageously ambitious business ventures of his adulthood.... >
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A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic
by David Dinkins
Publisher: 2013
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The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel, Jr., Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor
by Marguerite Holloway
Publisher: 2013
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John Randel Jr. (1787-1865) was an eccentric and flamboyant surveyor. A nineteenth century genius renowned for his inventiveness as well as his bombast and irascibility, Randel plotted Manhattan's famous city grid but died in financial ruin. Telling... >
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Media Capital: Architecture and Communications in New York City
by Aurora Wallace
Publisher: 2012
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The Melody Man: Joe Davis and the New York Music Scene, 1916-1978
by Bruce Bastin
Publisher: 2012
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Memoir Of A Visionary: Antonia Pantoja
by Antonia Pantoja
Publisher: Arte Publico Press 2002
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Antonia Pantoja's memoir describes her life as factory worker and lamp designer, acclaimed social worker and principal engineer of the most enduring Puerto Rican organizations in New York City, including ASPIRA, the non-profit organization devoted to... >
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Merchant of Illusion: James Rouse and the Businessman's Utopia
by Nicholas Dagen Bloom
Publisher: Tulane
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Merchants and Empire: Trading in Colonial New York
by Cathy Matson
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University 1997
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Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the port of New Amsterdamlater New Yorkbustled with all the activity associated with emergent capitalism: shipping, trading, and coffeehouse speculation. But how, exactly, did this leading port work?... >
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Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York
by Rebecca Zurier, Robert W. Snyder, Virginia M. Mecklenburg
Publisher: Smithsonian Institute 1995
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Between 1897 and 1917, six painters, none native to the city they so provocatively and energetically portrayed, challenged the standards for suitable artistic subject matter when they took to the streets of New York and seized on images full of motion... >
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Mexican New York
by Robert C. Smith
Publisher: University of California Press 2004
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Drawing on more than fifteen years of research, Mexican New York offers an intimate view of globalization as it is lived by Mexican immigrants and their children in New York and in Mexico. Robert Courtney Smith's groundbreaking study sheds new light on... >
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Meyer Berger's New York: A Great Reporters Love Affair With A City
by Meyer Berger
Publisher: Fordham University Press 2004
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Meyer ("Mike") Berger was one of the greatest journalists of this century. A reporter and columnist for The New York Times for thirty years, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for his account of the murder of thirteen people by a deranged war veteran in... >
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Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son
by Tony Castro
Publisher: Brassey's 2002
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Both an explosive biography of one of the world's most fascinating and enduring sports heroes and a telling look at the American society of his time, "Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son" is the product of six years of research by former "Sports... >
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THE MIDNIGHT BAND OF MERCY
by Michael Blaine
Publisher: Soho Press, Inc. 2004
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A story too strange to be true, except most of it is. Based on actual events, actual crimes, that occurred in New York City in 1893, Michael Blaines brilliant historical novel recreates an age when American belief in Scientific Progress led to the... >
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Migration, Transnationalization, and Race in a Changing New York
by Hector R. Cordero-guzman
Publisher: Temple University Press 2001
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When you think of American immigration, what images come to mind? Ellis Island. East Side tenements. Pushcarts on Eighth Avenue. Little Italy. Chinatown. El Barrio. New York City has always been central to the immigrant experience in the United States.... >
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Mirror for Gotham: New York as Seen by Contemporaries from Dutch Days to the Present
by Bayrd Still
Publisher: Fordham University Press 1994
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This collection of excerpts from contemporary essays and letters captures a panoramic picture of New York City as described by its awed visitors from the Dutch days to the 1960s; a new Introduction by Professor Richardson brings us up to date. James... >
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Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance
by Carla Kaplan
Publisher: 2013
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Mistress Of Modernism: The Life Of Peggy Guggenheim
by Mary V Dearborn
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2004
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Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism as the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Peggy's... >
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A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens
by Susan L. Klaus
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press 2001
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An illustrated history of one of America's most notable experiments in urban design, built in the early twentieth century.
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Modern Migrations Gujarati Indian Networks in New York and London
by Maritsa V. Poros
Publisher: Chicago Distribution Center 2011
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Although globalization seems like a recent phenomenon linked to migration, some groups have used social networks to migrate great distances for centuries. To gain new insights into migration today, Modern Migrations takes a closer look at the historical... >
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Modern New York: The Life and Economics of A City
by Greg David
Publisher: 2012
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The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City
by Jennifer Toth
Publisher: Chicago Review Press 1995
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This book is about the thousands of people who live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels of New York City.
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A Moment in the Sun
by John Sayles
Publisher: McSweeney's 2011
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It's 1897, and the world seems on the verge of offering its outcasts a new kind of opportunity. Hod Brackenridge has turned his back on years spent working for the mining concerns to follow news of gold to the Yukon; Clarence Rice, sentenced to hard... >
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Money Has No Smell: The Africanization Of New York City
by Paul Stoller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2002
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In February 1999 the tragic New York City police shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed street vendor from Guinea, brought into focus the existence of West African merchants in urban America. In Money Has No Smell, Paul Stoller offers us a more complete... >
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Money Jungle: Imagining the New Times Square
by Benjamin Jacob Chesluk
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2008
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Looks at the fierce debate over the recent transformation of New York's iconic crossroads, Times Square, between proponents of redeveloping the area to provide a big-budget, family-friendly, mainstream district and those who lament the loss of a colorful... >
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The Monied Metropolis : New York City and the Consolidation of the American Bourgeoisie, 1850-1896
by Sven Beckert
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2003
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Tracing the shifting fortunes and changing character of New York City's economic elite over half a century, Sven Beckert brings to light a neglected--and critical--chapter in the social history of the U.S.: the rise of an American bourgeoisie. The Monied... >
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More Powerful than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy
by Thai Jones
Publisher: Baker & Taylor
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More Powerful than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy
by Thai Jones
Publisher: Baker & Taylor 2012
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Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development
by Andrew S. Dolkart
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2001
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Morningside Heights, the institutional heart of New York City, is also one of the city's most architecturally distinguished neighborhoods. The high plateau that forms Morningside Heights is geographically isolated within the city and remained largely... >
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Morris High School and the Creation of the New York City Public High School System
by Gary Hermalyn
Publisher: Bronx County Historical Soc 1995
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The history of a school is the story of a community and of the social issues that shape education. The creation of the New York City public high school system was the culmination of the major educational reform movement in the United States in the 19th... >
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The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
by Debby Applegate
Publisher: Three Leaves 2007
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Mrs. Astor's New York
by Eric Homberger
Publisher: Yale University Press 2002
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Mrs. Astor, undisputed queen of New York society in the decades before the First World War, used her prestige to create a social aristocracy of unparalleled extravagance and exclusivity. Her story, which reads like a novel by Edith Wharton, sheds... >
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Municipalizing American Waterworks, 1897-1915
by Werner Troesken, Rick Geddes
Publisher: Journal of Law Economics, and Organization 2003
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Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish
by Glenn Palmer-Smith
Publisher: 2013
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The Muse of Rubberleg Square: Dawn Powell
by Tim Page
Publisher: Timeline 2002
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Museum of Modern Art New York the History and the Collection
by Sam Hunter
Publisher: H.N. Abrams in association with the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1984
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To choose 1,000 works to represent a museum whose total collection exceeds 100,000--now that's curating. Imagine the restraint required to compile a catalog of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York--the first museum exclusively dedicated... >
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Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1940
by John Koegel
Publisher: 2009
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A history -- the first ever -- of the abundant traditions of German-American musical theater in New York, and a treasure trove of songs and information. Nineteenth-century New York was, after Berlin and Vienna, the third largest German-populated city in... >
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Mussolini's march on America: Italian Americans and the Fascist experience, 1922--1941
by Martin Scott Catino
Publisher: University of Southern Mississippi 2003
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My Columbia: Writers, Poets, Scholars, Scientists and Statesman Reminisce about Their University
by Ashbel Green
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2005
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During its 250-year history, Columbia University has been home to and has produced a remarkable array of writers, poets, scholars, scientists, and statesmen-many of whom have written eloquently about their experiences at the university. Excerpting... >
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My Name Is New York: Ramblin' around Woody Guthrie's Town
by Nora Guthrie
Publisher: 2012
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My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson
by Jessica DuLong
Publisher: Free Press 2009
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In MY RIVER CHRONICLES Jessica DuLong ditches her dot-com life for the diesel engines of historic fireboat John J. Harvey and along the way discovers four centuries of cultural history on the Hudson. As she spends more time turning wrenches and running... >
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My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York times
by Gerald Boyd
Publisher: 2010
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Documents the life and career of the first black managing editor of the "New York Times" who was forced to resign during the Jayson Blair scandal, describing his rise from urban poverty and his struggles in a white-dominated media.
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Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940
by Donald Albrecht
Publisher: Baker & Taylor 2011
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Collects Gottscho's photographs of 1920s and 1930s New York, celebrating the city as the quintessential modern metropolis.
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