New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore

Author:   Kara Murphy Schlichting
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226613024


Pages:   328
Publication Date:   10 April 2019
Format:   Hardback
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New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore


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The history of New York City's urban development often centers on titanic municipal figures like Robert Moses and on prominent inner Manhattan sites like Central Park. New York Recentered boldly shifts the focus to the city's geographic edges--the coastlines and waterways--and to the small-time unelected locals who quietly shaped the modern city. Kara Murphy Schlichting details how the vernacular planning done by small businessmen and real estate operators, performed independently of large scale governmental efforts, refigured marginal locales like Flushing Meadows and the shores of Long Island Sound and the East River in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The result is a synthesis of planning history, environmental history, and urban history that recasts the story of New York as we know it.

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Author:   Kara Murphy Schlichting
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
ISBN:  

9780226613024


ISBN 10:   022661302
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   10 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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New York Recentered is an important work in urban history because it will force us all to look beyond Manhattan and take in New York as a regional city united by water. I don't know of another book that attempts to look at the regional city in this way, and I commend Schlichting for the originality of her approach, the thoroughness of her argument, and the success she has achieved. --David Schuyler, author of Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism New York Recentered takes into account the twin dynamic of New York as an island city and as a regional entity. This is a welcomed change in perspective that allows the author to examine metropolitan growth and development from the relatively unstudied, but important, vantage point of the periphery. Goodbye to center city-heavy perspectives on Gotham! --Martin V. Melosi, author of The Sanitary City


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Kara Murphy Schlichting is assistant professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York.

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