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New York, New York *(the city so nice they named it twice)

Empire State Editions appeals to a diverse audience from local New Yorkers to those interested in our vibrant city from anywhere in the world.

The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down

The people ride in a hole in the groun'

New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!

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Books in the Empire State Editions highlight the beauty, culture, diversity, and history of New York and the never-ending thirst for information about this global metropolis such as:

Boss of Black Brooklyn
America's Last Great Newspaper War
Eunice Hunton Carter
The Kingdom Began in Puerto Rico
Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan's Upper West Side


Explores four centuries of colonization, land divisions, and urban development around this historic landmark neighborhood in West Harlem.

“Over the years, several books and projects have attempted to capture the essence of Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill, and thankfully, with Davida Siwisa James, the legendary community has its griot. She brings a fresh veneer, a lively descriptive narrative to this timeless section of Harlem. To be sure, the dramatic moments of the past are invoked and then lavishly alloyed with the neighborhood's current vibrancy.”

—Herb Boyd, The Harlem Reader

“Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill traces the transformation of New York’s West Harlem community from the ancestral hunting grounds of the Lanape Indians into the cultural mecca of Black America. Davida Siwisa James narratives with pictures of one of America’s most prolific neighborhoods. Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill produced American icons like the writer James Weldon Johnson, the scholar George Edmund Haynes, the boxing champ Joe Louis, and the 20th century composer George Gershwin. But beyond that, this book makes an important contribution by showing how one small American neighborhood impacted New York’s culture, politics, and arts.”

—Bruce D. Haynes, University of California

Praise for Empire State Editions

“In presenting studies of what he regards as the most important unbuilt lines, Mr. Raskin encourages his readers to think about the adaptable nature of the city.”—Wall Street Journal

"Pamela Hanlon in her new book about the UN and New York City's evolving relationship. . . gives the sweeping developments surrounding the UN a particular locality and tells the story of postwar internationalism in a readable, human way."

The Nation

“. . . Thanks to Campo's unbiased writing, this is a great book of what the city used to be.”

Ink New York

"Minutely detailed. . . a 'case study' of the promises and drawbacks of pluralism.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In 'Walking New York', essayist Stephen Miller takes a look at the city's literary perambulators, examining the writing of Stephen Crane, Alfred Kazin and Teju Cole, among others, and offering an evolving portrait of New York through the centuries. 'Each Writer' Mr. Miller says in the book's preface, 'wanders a different city'.”

The New York Observer

In the News

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Author Spotlight Q&A: Jennifer Baum Explores the Upper West Side’s Legacy in ‘Just City’

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | December 14, 2023

Praised by Nicholas Dagen Bloom at Hunter College as “a readable autobiographical account, integrating personal memoir and housing policy analysis,” Just City: Growing Up on the Upper West Side When Housing Was a Human Right is coming in April from Fordham University Press. Here, author Jennifer Baum talks about the …

Top Halloween Reads that Capture the Spirit of October

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | October 30, 2023

The leaves are burning the color of fire, the wind now carries that crisp scent of autumn, and there seems to be an abundance of tiny pumpkins almost everywhere. The only thing missing is the perfect book to crack open on park benches during lunch/ bathroom breaks alike. You find …

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Joyce Studies Annual Welcomes New Co-editors

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | September 12, 2023

PRESS RELEASE Joyce Studies Annual New Co-editors Announcement: Accepting Submissions as of September 1, 2023 We are pleased to announce that the new co-editors of Joyce Studies Annual beginning in 2023 are Keri Walsh and Christopher GoGwilt. In summer of 2022, Fordham University Press released the Ulysses centenary issue of …

A “Little Lost World”: Walking Greenwich Village with H. P. Lovecraft

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | August 20, 2023

By David J. Goodwin, author of “Midnight Rambles: H.P Lovecraft in Gotham“ The influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft explored Manhattan’s Greenwich Village on the eve of his thirty-fourth birthday in August 1924. His account captures his relationship with New York City and reveals both the enchanting and repulsive elements …

Top Ten Reads for Fall

By Katie Sweeney | August 16, 2023

#1 “Raj’s honest and reflective writing grapples with the raw complexities and beauty of embracing one’s identity and allows any reader to draw a seat and be welcomed with love and joy at his family’s kitchen table.“ —Diana Liu, New York State English Council #2 “Global Queens challenges us to think …

Blog Tour! University Press Week 2021 #KeepUP

By Kate O'Brien-Nicholson | November 11, 2021

#KeepUP “Keep UP!”, the 2021 University Press Week theme, marks our tenth anniversary and celebrates how university presses have evolved over the past decade. This year, We are honored to be participating in #UPWeek2021, and today, we bring you 10 of our most impactful titles from the last decade. It was …