Author(s): Rebecca Solnit
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, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA.
"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 "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 "Nonstop Metropolis is an engaging and enlightening read for anyone who loves New York City, creative scholarship, and top-notch graphic design." Foreword Reviews
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.
INTRODUCTION 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 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS CONTRIBUTORS