One of my non comedy related goals this summer is to read 20 book about NYC history. I asked for suggestions on my facebook page and got lots of amazing ideas, thanks to some generous fellow readers! Here is the somewhat edited list including a link to the Brooklyn Public Library citation. I’ll let you know how it’s going. Got any more you suggest?
New York City: A Short History by George Lankevich.
The Historical Atlas of New York City by Eric Homberger
A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn by Craig Steven Wilder
Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York by Samuel Zipp.
(not available at BPL)
Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York by Kathy Peiss
(not available for check out at BPL)
Thelonious Monk : the life and times of an American original / Robin D. G. Kelley.
Radical Feminists of Heterodoxy: Greenwich Village, 1912-1940 by Judith Schwartz.
Either out of print or not commercially available, I will check Strand.
The Banished Children of Eve_ by Peter Quinn
New York City Food: An Opinionated History and More Than 100 Legendary Recipes by Arthur Schwartz
(not available at BPL)
Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto Shorto
Gotham : a history of New York City to 1898 / Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace.
The power broker : Robert Moses and the fall of New York / Robert A. Caro.
Wrestling With Moses by Anthony Flnt
Gay New York : gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890-1940 / George Chauncey.
City of Eros : New York City, prostitution, and the commercialization of sex, 1790-1920 / Timothy J. Gilfoyle.
When Harlem Was in Vogue by David L. Lewis.
The Devil’s playground : a century of pleasure and profit in Times Square / James Traub.
Triangle : the fire that changed America / David Von Drehle
The alienist / Caleb Carr.
Rats: Observations on the Habits and History of the City’s Most Unwanted Habitats by Robert Sullivan
( I don’t think BPL has this book, and I’ve already read it but I’ve included it here because I LOVE this book and think everyone else should read it too so we can talk about it!)
A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison by James E. Seaver.
Not available at BPL