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"The maps themselves are things of beauty... a document of its time, of our time."
—Sadie Stein, New York Times
"One is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye... thoroughly terrific."
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.
Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Molly Roy, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna
Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA
CENTERS AND EDGES
MAP 1. SINGING THE CITY: THE NEW YORK OF DREAMS
OUR CITY OF SONGS, BY JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO, GARNETTE CADOGAN, VALERIA LUISELLI, JOE BOYD, WILL BUTLER, MIRISSA NEFF, TEJU COLE, MARGO JEFFERSON, AND BARRY LOPEZ
MAP 2. CAPITAL OF CAPITAL: HOW NEW YORK HAPPENED
THE BEST CITY MONEY CAN BUY, BY JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO
MAP 3. CRASH: CRISES AND COLLISIONS IN 21ST-CENTURY LOWER MANHATTAN
FALLING AND RISING IN LOWER MANHATTAN, BY ASTRA TAYLOR
MAP 4. RIOT! PERIODIC ERUPTIONS IN VOLCANIC NEW YORK
THE VIOLENCE OF INEQUALITY, BY LUC SANTE
MAP 5. CARBONIFEROUS: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CITY
PETRO GOTHAM, PEOPLE’S GOTHAM, BY DANIEL ALDANA COHEN
MAP 6. WATER AND POWER: THE REACH OF THE CITY
THIRSTS AND GHOSTS, BY HEATHER SMITH
MAP 7. HARPER’S AND HARPOONERS: WHALING AND PUBLISHING IN MELVILLE’S MANHATTAN
SAILORS AND SCRIVENERS, BY PAUL LA FARGE
MAP 8. WHAT IS A JEW? FROM EMMA GOLDMAN TO GOLDMAN SACHS
MY YIDDISHE PAPA, BY SHEERLY AVNI
THE LOST WORLD OF JEWISH FLATBUSH, BY JOEL DINERSTEIN
MAP 9. ARCHIPELAGO: THE CARIBBEAN’S FAR NORTH
OF ISLANDS AND OTHER MOTHERS, BY GAIUTRA BAHADUR
MAP 10. CITY OF WOMEN
THE POWER OF NAMES, BY REBECCA SOLNIT
MAP 11. LOVE AND RAGE
MAP 12. CITY OF WALKERS: AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY
ROUND AND ROUND, BY GARNETTE CADOGAN
MAP 13. WILDLIFE
THE OYSTERS IN THE SPIRE, BY REBECCA SOLNIT
MAP 14. OUR LATIN THING: NEW YORK CITY RADIO EN ESPANOL
THE MEGA MEZCLAPOLIS, BY ALEXANDRA T. VAZQUEZ
MAP 15. BURNING DOWN AND RISING UP: THE BRONX IN THE 1970S
NEW YORK CITY: SEEING THROUGH THE RUINS, BY MARSHALL BERMAN
INTERVIEWS WITH VALERIE CAPERS, GRANDMASTER CAZ, GRANDWIZZARD THEODORE,AND MELLE MEL
MAP 16. MAKERS AND BREAKERS: OLMSTED, MOSES, JACOBS SHAPE THE CITY
WAYS AND MEANS, BY JONATHAN TARLETON
MAP 17. TRASH IN THE CITY: DUMPING ON STATEN ISLAND AND BEYOND
COMING CLEAN, BY LUCY R. LIPPARD
MAP 18. MYSTERIOUS LAND OF SHAOLIN: THE WU-TANG CLAN’S STATEN ISLAND
BREATHING SPACE: AN INTERVIEW WITH RZA, BY JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO
MAP 19. BROWNSTONES AND BASKETBALL: BROOKLYN’S HOME GROUNDS AND GAMES
EMPIRE OF BROWNSTONE AND BRICK, BY THOMAS J. CAMPANELLA
PRISONERS OF RED HOOK, BY FRANCISCO GOLDMAN
MAP 20. BROOKLYN VILLAGES
FREED BUT NOT FREE, BY SHARIFA RHODES-PITTS
MAP 21. PUBLIC/PRIVATE: A MAP OF CHILDHOODS
PLAYGROUNDS I HAVE KNOWN, BY EMILY RABOTEAU
MAP 22. THE SUBURBAN THEORY OF THE AVANT-GARDE: NEW JERSEY’S GREATS
NORTH STARS AND GOSPEL BATTLES: PETER COYOTE’S JERSEY MEMORIES
MAP 23. PLANTING LIBERTY: 350 YEARS OF FREEDOM IN FLUSHING
“LAW OF LOVE, PEACE AND LIBERTIE,” BY GARNETTE CADOGAN
MAP 24. MOTHER TONGUES AND QUEENS: THE WORLD’S LANGUAGES CAPITAL
TOWER OF SCRABBLE, BY SUKETU MEHTA
MAP 25. BLACK STAR LINES: HARLEM SECULAR AND SACRED
HOME TO HARLEM, BY CHRISTINA ZANFAGNA
MAP 26. OSCILLATING CITY: MANHATTAN, DAY AND NIGHT
SCHLEPTROPOLIS, BY THOMAS J. CAMPANELLA
Rebecca Solnit is a prolific writer, and the author of many books including Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City and Unfathomable City, all from UC Press. She received the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography from the North American Cartographic Information Society for her work on the previous atlases.
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper's, and the Believer, among many other publications. He is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World.
"In orienting oneself in this atlas...one is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye...thoroughly terrific."—Maria Popova Brain Pickings
"The editors have assembled a remarkable team of artists, geographers and thinkers...The maps themselves are things of beauty...This is a work that, like its predecessors, isn’t in the business of rosy nostalgia...Nonstop Metropolis is a document of its time, of our time." —Sadie Stein New York Times
Winner of The Municipal Art Society of New York's 2017 Brendan Gill Prize—The Municipal Art Society of New York
"Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's collection achieves the trifold purpose that all good cartography does — it's beautiful, it inspires real thought about civic planning, and, most of all, it's functional."—The Village Voice
"...the New York installment [of the Atlas Trilogy] is eccentric and inspiring, a nimble work of social history told through colorful maps and corresponding essays. Together, Solnit, Jelly-Schapiro and a host of contributors — writers, artists, cartographers and data-crunchers — have come up with dozens of exciting new ways to think about the five boroughs." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Nonstop Metropolis is an engaging and enlightening read for anyone who loves New York City, creative scholarship, and top-notch graphic design." —Foreword Reviews
"The sum of it all is, like New York itself, overwhelming, alluring and dazzlingly diverse."—Jewish Daily Forward
"...the book...contains many beautiful and not-so-beautiful images that document New York’s past and the present, and make tangible the social and cultural diversity of this extraordinary place."
—Times Literary Supplement
"26 maps of New York that prioritize bachata over Broadway, pho over pizza."
One of Publishers Weekly's 20 Big Indie Books of 2016—Publishers Weekly“I am thrilled to have another book-object in this series, as I devoured the San Francisco volume when I was there, and the New Orleans one likewise. Now finally here is one about the town where I live. The format, with the maps, networks, and accompanying stories and histories, is a lovely, nonlinear way of mirroring the almost infinite layers that make up a city. We all have our own mental maps of our cities and the ones we visit—maps that are, like the ones here, historical, musical, temporal, personal, economic, and geographical. The maps in Nonstop Metropolis are a good approximation of how we New Yorkers experience and perceive the city we live in.”—David Byrne
“Put your map apps and your GPS away, because none of those high-tech innovations will lead you to the immense satisfaction that this hard-to-put-down book is full of. The unique, clever, and artistic maps give you the who, what, when, and, most importantly, where of loads of unusual and little-known New York City histories. As a New York City native I finally have all the maps I need to the treasures and secrets of my hometown.”—Fab 5 Freddy
“A new way to think about the cultural and political life of cities.”—Randy Kennedy, New York Times
“Solnit, well known for her writing on politics, art and feminism, has turned her attention to New York City’s complexities in Nonstop Metropolis, the third of her trilogy of atlases and accompanying exhibitions.”—Alex Rayner, The Guardian
Selected praise for Infinite City and Unfathomable City
“A thought-inducing collection of maps that will challenge your view of what atlases can be.”—Kevin Winter, San Francisco/Sacramento/Portland Book Review
“A deeply illuminating assemblage of maps and essays.”—Lynell George, Chicago Tribune
“Inventive and affectionate.”—Lise Funderburg, New York Times Book Review
“Brilliantly disorients our native sense of place.”—Jonathon Keats, San Francisco Magazine
“With Unfathomable City, Solnit and Snedeker have produced an idiosyncratic, luminous tribute to the greatest human creation defined by its audience participants: the city itself.”—Daniel Brook, New York Times
December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM - City Arts & Lectures, San Francisco, CA
2017 Brendan Gill Prize, Municipal Arts Society of New York
Mother Tongues and Queens map