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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


An honest and gripping memoir of one man’s life-altering experience teaching at Rikers Island.

“Notorious enough to be nicknamed Torture Island, Rikers Island, home to one of the world’s largest correctional and mental institutions, has been the subject of our culture’s collective fascination for decades. I guarantee after you read Brandon Dean Lamson’s memoir Caged: A Teacher’s Journey Through Rikers, or How I Beheaded the Minotaur, you will never see that facility, nor prison education, kink, mindfulness, Richard Wright, or shame in quite the same way. On Rikers, as Lamson writes, ‘There were multiple literacies, various grids laid over the prisoners’ words and their worlds.’ This book guides us through those hybrid, polylingual, even nonverbal languages with an ethnographer’s eye and the rawness of reportage—from gang slang to institutional speech and literary allusion—always implicating the narrator in the narration, so that we are made complicit in the realization that prison education itself is a form of control and how solitary confinement is a kind of panopticon in reverse. As the men around him wrestle demons, Lamson stares down his own minotaur by confronting the violence in his own past with an unflinching poet’s heart that transforms trauma into beauty and fear into forgiveness. Caged is a potent lyrical reminder of the daily work that remains for each of us to do.”


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

"The Accidental Playgound" on NYT Top 10 Reading List for next Mayor

By FUPress | December 16, 2013

New York Times BOOKSHELF Suggested Reading for de Blasio By SAM ROBERTS Published: December 13, 2013 If Harold Bloom, the Yale humanities professor, were to compile a New York version of his “Western canon,” he would face a shelf of books meeting his high standard: that they be authoritative, sublime, representative and …

University Press Week: The Importance of Regional Publishing

By FUPress | November 14, 2013

We are pleased to have FUP Press Director, Fredric Nachbaur, as a guest on our blog as part of the University Press Week blog tour! The tour continues today at Syracuse University Press , UNC Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Mississippi Press, University of Alabama Press, University of Kentucky Press, Louisiana State University …

Publishers Weekly Picture of the Day!

By FUPress | September 17, 2013

PICTURE OF THE DAY Campo Hits Williamsburg  Jonas Kyle of Spoonbill & Sugartown Books celebrates the release of The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned Fredric Nachbaur, Director of Fordham University Press and author Daniel Campo. The book signing started with a talk at East River State …

JBC Features The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side

By FUPress | April 25, 2013

The Synagogues of New York’s Lower East Side: A Retrospective and Contemporary View, Second Edition Gerard R. Wolfe; Joseph Berger, fwd. REVIEW by Carol Poll The eminent architectural historian Gerald R. Wolfe captures early synagogue and community life on the Lower East Side and recent synagogue restoration efforts in his …

Guns N Eels

By FUPress | June 20, 2012

PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Waldman  June 2012 by John Waldman French filmmaker Mathias Frantz and his crew had spent weeks searching the wilder crannies of New York for the quintessence of nature in the city—material that will be used in the first of four profiles of wildlife in major international cities …

Summer's End

By FUPress | September 1, 2010

As summer winds to an end, I’ll miss warm weather, swimming, and summer barbecues. However, I’m glad the pressure is off. This summer, I decided to learn how to cook. Perhaps it was brought on by that fateful viewing of Julie & Julia, or the fact that I read instructions …