Vanishing New York by Jeremiah Moss
How a Great City Lost Its Soul

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The book is an expansion of his popular blog of the same name...New Yorkers may find the book is a sad elegy to a city that is no longer recognizable.
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An unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York by the creator of the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York.

For generations, New York City has been a mecca for artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the one percent can afford.

A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. In Vanishing New York, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of "hyper-gentrification" that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks. In prose that the Village Voice has called a "mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit," Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town—from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg—lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they’re replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.

Propelled by Moss’ hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary "urban renewal" and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world.

 

About Jeremiah Moss

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Jeremiah Moss is a cultural critic and the pseudonymous creator of the popular, award-winning blog Vanishing New York. His writing on the city has appeared in the New York Times, Daily News, and Playboy, and online at The New Yorker and the Paris Review. He lives in Manhattan. Author Image 1
 
Published July 15, 2017 by Dey Street Books. 485 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 15 2017

Maddening if you’re not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Basil Smilke Jr. on Jul 24 2017

Few will truly understand how the narratives in Vanishing New York cut to the core of how New Yorkers live and interact, though the theme likely resonates in cities big and small across the country.

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Reviewed by TRACEE M. HERBAUGH on Aug 07 2017

The book is an expansion of his popular blog of the same name...New Yorkers may find the book is a sad elegy to a city that is no longer recognizable.

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