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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!

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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

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 presenting lively...case 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

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 …