Monday, March 6, 2017

Vanishing New York - The Book

From HarperCollins' Dey Street Books, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul is now available to pre-order wherever books are sold. (Nudge, nudge, buy it from your local independent bookshop.) Look at that cover!



What's the book all about? Here's the copy:

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. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.

A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. In Vanishing New York, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of "hyper-gentrification" that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks. In prose that the Village Voice has called a "mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit," Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town--from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg--lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they’re replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.

Propelled by Moss’ hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary "urban renewal" and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world.

What are people saying about the book? Check out these blurbs:

Gary Shteyngart: “I haven’t read a more impassioned book in over a decade. Vanishing New York is angry, incredulous, but also full of insight into a city of legend, where every legend happened to be true.”

Luc Sante: “Jeremiah Moss came to the party that is New York City just in time to see it turn into a wake. His book is lucid, eloquent, phenomenally detailed, and terribly sad. Future generations, assuming there are any, will read it in wonder and disbelief.”

Charles Bock: “Meticulously researched, thoroughly reported, at once a call to arms and a soul cry, Vanishing New York is a love letter to originality and the human spirit. Grab a knish and settle in.”

Pre-order yours today--wherever books are sold (nudge, nudge).


16 comments:

Donnie Moder said...

Definitely will buy. Congrats!

Gregoire Alessandrini said...

This is great ! And a perfect cover ! I can't wait to see this book !
Grégoire Alessandrini
www.nyc90s.com

Downtowner said...

Congrats - will be picking this up for sure. And yes, what a great cover. Nothing more symbolic to the loss of NY than the old Redbirds that were jettisoned to the bottom of the ocean.

Jeremiah Moss said...

Thanks guys! Glad you caught that redbird.

Stephanie said...

Vanished: Colony Records on Broadway in the theater district, Tower Records on Broadway around Prince; all those great and incredibly cheap Chinese-Cuban restaurants on 8th between 14th and 23rd.

James said...

As any psychologist will tell you, doing is good. Those of us who dream of New York sometimes find it difficult to catalog our own thoughts and passions about the subject. This represents real work - a great fortunate for anyone lucky enough to be able to assemble it. I hope this does well. I loved the old IRT cars, per book cover, watching the backup batteries click on and click off as the incandescent ceiling lamps glowed then darkened, glowed then darkened. It's good to know this is there.

Goggla said...

Congratulations, Jeremiah! I can't wait to read it.

Mark said...

Congratulations!!

Can't wait to pick up a copy when it's released.

Ms. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'll be on the lookout for it in an independent bookstore as soon as I find one :-->

Gaziano said...

Love it. Finally a hard cover version of the truth.

Mikema Reape said...

I will be buying this book. Thanks JM for keeping us informed.

DrBOP said...

Well Done Jeremiah!
Thinking that what you have to say will be applicable to many cities around the world. As always, thanks for ALL that you do.
Keep On Chooglin'!

John K said...

Congrats!

meesalikeu said...

Congradulations. This will fit in quite nicely on the shelf with Kevin Walsh's book, the AIA Guide and my old Hagstrom's mapbooks from my driving days.

Moshe Benyamini said...

Can't wait to purchase this. Must have been exhausting work to do all the research. Hope 3 Lives will carry it.

editrrix said...

This is AWESOME news in an era that sadly lacks positive developments. Consider another one sold, Jeremiah. Will try to buy extras for friends. Will you be signing copies / speaking anywhere? Do tell. CONGRATS!!!!!