Five Points: The 19th-Century New York Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum.
New York: Free Press, 2001.
This text traces the life of Five Points in 19
Century New York City. In part it serves to give a more realistic view of the notorious slum that has been portrayed fictitiously in historical writing and the movie,
Gangs of New York
, while paying credence to the problem it was.
Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820-1920
. MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and other Short Fiction
. New York: Bantam Dell a Division of Random House LLC, 2006.
Gangs of New York
. Directed by Martin Scorcese. 2002. USA: Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. DVD
The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History.
New York: Swanston Publishing Limited, 1994.
A book of maps of New York City with brief history written throughout serves as another visual way to understand the changes in New York throughout history.
I am Legend.
Directed by Francis Lawrence. 2007. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 2008. DVD.
Kasson, John F.
Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century.
New York: Hill & Wang, 1978.
Coney Island is memorialized in this book. It tells of the shifting values in American working and middle class life versus the more elite mentality of the upper classes that were more likely to frequent Central Park. The parks themselves are delved into with depth to reveal what entertainment was to working and middle class America.
The Academy of American Poets
. 2013. http://www.poets.org/state.php/varState/NY
Riis, Jacob A.
How the Other Half Lives.
New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1971.
This book of writing and photographs documents tenement life in 19
century New York. The writing is not completely objective and enlightened and the photographs are not exactly without artistic influence, but the book cannot be missed in this unit.
Rosenzweig, Roy and Blackmar, Elizabeth.
The Park and The People: A History of Central Park
. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.
Poems of New York.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
. Directed by Lisa Molomot. 2013. New Haven: Lisa Molomot and Jacob Bricca, 2013. DVD.
West Side Story.
Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Roberts. 1961. Santa Monica, CA: MGM Home Entertainment LLC, 2003. DVD.
Manhattan Projects: Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
It traces the urban renewal process in mid-twentieth century Manhattan. From the U.N. to Lincoln Center the book discusses the multifaceted challenges and rewards of urban renewal at this time.