Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

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Univ of California Press, Oct 19, 2016 - Social Science - 232 pages
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"The maps themselves are things of beauty... a document of its time, of our time."
—Sadie Stein, New York Times
 
"One is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye... thoroughly terrific."
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.

Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Molly Roy, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna
Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA
 

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Contents

introduction
1
map
7
The New York of Dreams
16
Falling and Rising in Lower Manhattan by Astra Taylor
34
Wildlife
104
New York City Radio en Español
111
The Bronx in the 1970s
119
Olmsted Moses Jacobs Shape the City
134
Brooklyns Home Grounds and Games
158
Brooklyn Villages
165
A Map of Childhoods
171
New Jerseys Greats
179
350 Years of Freedom in Flushing
185
The Worlds Languages Capital
194
Manhattan Day and Night
207
acknowledgments
217

Dumping on Staten Island and Beyond
142

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Rebecca Solnit is a prolific writer, and the author of many books including Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City and Unfathomable City, all from UC Press. She received the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography from the North American Cartographic Information Society for her work on the previous atlases.
 
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper's, and the Believer, among many other publications. He is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World.  

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