New York is many things to many people – from playground to living historical artifact, from foodie paradise to fashion mecca, the city that never sleeps has an awful lot to offer. The new books featured here glance on those topics and provide a snapshot of our bustling metropolis.
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, by Robin Jaffee Frank / F129.C75 F73 2015
This is the exhibit book for the recent, eponymous exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Musem of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. The exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, banners, architectural artifacts, carousel animals, film clips, and ephemera from and of Coney Island.
Harlem Hellfighters, written by J. Patrick Lewis & illustrated by Gary Kelley / PZ7 .L567 Ha 2014
They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments–under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe–to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. This remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI — and American — history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell the century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.
Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey, with Grady Hendrix / PN6727.D865 D57 2012
Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes–from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn. It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City–all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel.
Men in this Town, by Giuseppe Santamaria / TR679 .S23 2014
Men In This Town is a street-style journal capturing men with a distinct look in their natural lifestyle. From five distinct cities around the world–New York, Tokyo, Milan, London, and Sydney–photographer, art director, and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a unique photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. Giuseppe has chosen a handful of men from each city with a particular, distinct style and photographed them in their various attire, as well as profiled them about their particular approach to fashion and their sense of the menswear scene today.