EMPIRE STATE EDITIONS
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!
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:
NEW THIS Spring
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 '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
Author David J. Goodwin discusses Jersey City’s lost artistic potential and his new book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, published by Fordham University Press. “The Lost Potential of Jersey City’s 111 1st Street” Author David Goodwin discusses the story and legacy of 111 …
The Nation‘s Atossa Araxia Abrahamian discusses the role and status of the U.N. in NYC, and Pamela Hanlon’s new book, A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond, published by Fordham University Press. “International Territory: Three new books map the ambiguities of the UN’s extraterritorial status.” By Atossa …
Sam Roberts from The New York Times discusses Pamela Hanlon’s new book, A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond, published by Fordham University Press: “When the World Called for a Capital”, by Sam Roberts, The New York Times September 14, 2017 “In the late 18th century, …
With input from Fordham Press author David J. Goodwin, Jersey Digs discusses the future of art and artists in Jersey City. “David Goodwin, an urbanist and writer, recently contributed an article to Strong Towns about the scary state of the arts in Jersey City, sparked by an open letter from Jersey City artists and arts …
Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street David J. Goodwin. Fordham Univ, $24.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-8232-7803-9 Publishers Weekly | June 19, 2017 A former tobacco-company warehouse turned artist colony in Jersey City, N.J., serves as a microcosm of American urban development in the …
“….history is not merely something to be read…and it does not merely refer to the past…On the contrary, history is literally present in all we do…”—James Baldwin History can be and often is a sobering reflection of the past, but also an equally important and welcomed window into the present …