Monday, July 23, 2018


The paperback edition of Vanishing New York is in bookshops this week--starting tomorrow. Get 'em while they're hot!

There will be plenty on hand at the paperback launch event this Friday night, July 27 at 7:30 p.m., at Books Are Magic. That's at 225 Smith Street in Brooklyn. I'll be signing books and talking about Vanishing New York with Jason Diamond, author, journalist, and founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

You can read more about it at the Facebook invite and the bookstore's Events page.

Here's what people have to say about the book:

“Essential reading for fans of Jane Jacobs, Joseph Mitchell, Patti Smith, Luc Sante, and cheap pierogi.”
--Vanity Fair

“A full-throated lament for the city’s bygone charms.”
--Wall Street Journal

“A wrenching, exhaustive chronicle of the ‘hypergentrification of New York’ [. . .] Every page is charged with Moss’s deep love of New York. It is both a vital and unequivocally depressing read.”
--Molly Fitzpatrick, The Village Voice

“Moss won me over almost immediately and has written a cri de cœur that is essential reading for anyone who loves this city.”
--Michael J. Agovino, The Village Voice

“The pleasure […] of reading Moss is his purity.”
–The New York Times Book Review

"Moss, a cantankerous defender of the city he loves, chronicles its disconcerting metamorphosis from cosmopolitan melting pot to bland corporate lounge with passion and vigor; New York is lucky to have him on its side."

“a remarkable atlas charting where New York has gone, and why.”
--The New Republic

“a compelling and often necessary read.”
--The Daily Beast

“An impassioned work of advocacy on behalf of a city that’s slipping away.”

“There is much embitterment, snark, and rhapsodizing about egg creams to satisfy the downright romantic here […] his humanist odes to bygone businesses can move a reader to tears […] But the book is much more than a nostalgia trip.”

“Moss’ book is very much in the tradition of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, with a more acerbic outrage suited to our nasty, barbaric times. […] His glimpses of New York can be engagingly personal and eloquent.”
--Los Angeles Review of Books

“Passionate, sprawling.”

“A vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud.”

“A very good, angrily passionate, and ultimately saddening book [. . . ] brilliantly written and well-informed.”

“A passionate case against the luxury vision of New York that characterized the Bloomberg years […] likely to stir a lot of emotions.”
--Publishers Weekly

“I haven’t read a more impassioned book in over a decade. Jeremiah Moss writes like a man who has lost the love of his life to a junk bond trader. Vanishing New York is angry, incredulous, but also full of insight into a city of legend, where every legend happened to be true.”
--Gary Shteyngart

“Jeremiah Moss came to the party that is New York City just in time to see it turn into a wake. The New York of poets and weirdos and cranks and outsiders and keepers of various flames--and of ordinary hard-working sorts with no aspirations to stardom or wealth--has pretty much receded into memory now, and Jeremiah has become that memory. His book is lucid, eloquent, phenomenally detailed, and terribly sad. Future generations, assuming there are any, will read it in wonder and disbelief.”
--Luc Sante

“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.”
--Charles Bock, New York Times bestselling author of Alice and Oliver

“I can’t stand going on and seeing what’s next to go.”
--Andy Cohen, TV personality/ Executive VP at Bravo


RMAN said...

Congratulations!!! Hope sales are amazing, great work. :)

John K said...

Congratulations, Jeremiah! Your book is an essential read!

RMAN said...

It's depressingly fitting that your interview in the July issue of The Village Voice be followed by the announcement (on September 1st) of The Village Voice shutting down.

This is perhaps the deepest cut into the heart of NYC. No other newspaper mirrored the heart and soul of life in this city so openly - since the 50s with beatniks, the 60's hippies, 70s avant garde, the 80s (and ads for Plato's Retreat!), etc... this was the paper for life in the trenches, it was real and far from shy.

It was a long slow death since the 2000s (I believe the paper was bought and the new owner offended by the political commentary focused on stopping the Iraq invasion).

I'll always remember the sharply written essays, art house movie listings, and ads for escorts.

The Village Voice is dead.


Unknown said...

Thank you, Jeremiah, for this homage to the lost New York. I was born and raised here. I am so sad at what I see happening. Target on 14th Street!!! I just lost my corner vegetable store. It was there forever. Owner told me that he couldn't compete with Target, since they, too,
sold food. My parents still live in Long Island City, the refuge and small town of my youth. I cannot even verbalize what has happened there. My heart breaks every time I have to go there. Anyway, thank you! Laura, Stuyvesant Town.