Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx

Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx

by Constance Rosenblum
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New York University Press

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Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx

Stretching over four miles through the center of the West Bronx, the Grand Boulevard and Concourse, known simply as the Grand Concourse, has gracefully served as silent witness to the changing face of the Bronx, and New York City, for a century. Now, a New York Times editor brings to life the street in all its raucous glory.

Designed by a French engineer in the late nineteenth century to echo the elegance and grandeur of the Champs Elysées in Paris, the Concourse was nearly twenty years in the making and celebrates its centennial in November 2009. Over that century it has truly been a boulevard of dreams for various upwardly mobile immigrant and ethnic groups, yet it has also seen the darker side of the American dream. Constance Rosenblum unearths the colorful history of this grand street and its interlinked neighborhoods. With a seasoned journalist’s eye for detail, she paints an evocative portrait of the Concourse through compelling life stories and historical vignettes. The story of the creation and transformation of the Grand Concourse is the story of New York—and America—writ large, and Rosenblum examines the Grand Concourse from its earliest days to the blighted 1960s and 1970s right up to the current period of renewal. Beautifully illustrated with a treasure trove of historical photographs, the vivid world of the Grand Concourse comes alive—from Yankee Stadium to the unparalleled collection of Art Deco apartments to the palatial Loew’s Paradise movie theater.

An enthralling story of the creation of an iconic street, an examination of the forces that transformed it, and a moving portrait of those who called it home, Boulevard of Dreams is a must read for anyone interested in the rich history of New York and the twentieth-century American city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814776087
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part One Characters
Frances Kiernan
Laura Longhine
Johanna Baldwin
Roy Hoffman
John Freeman Gill
Cassi Feldman
Richard Firstman
Adam B. Ellick
Rebecca Flint Marx and Vytenis Didziulis
Helen Benedict
Part Two Places in the City’s Heart
Robert Sullivan
Edwidge Danticat
David McAninch
Jake Mooney
Suketu Mehta
Kevin Baker
Mitch Keller
Mark Caldwell
Mark Kingwell
Sara Gran
Alexander Aciman
David Masello
Alex Rose
James Angelos
Katherine Bindley
Part Three Rituals, Rhythms, and Ruminations
Colin Harrison
Laura Shaine Cunningham
Emily Brady
Caroline H. Dworin
Jocko Weyland
Max Page
Ben Gibberd
Katherine Marsh
Francine Prose
Nathaniel Rich
Saki Knafo
Jonathan Rosen
Randy Kennedy
Mac Montandon
Jennifer Gilmore
David Hajdu
Roxana Robinson
Part Four Excavating the Past
Ellen Pall
Amy Fox
Manny Fernandez
Dorothy Gallagher
Gregory Beyer
Christopher Sorrentino
Leslie Nipkow
William Zinsser
About the Contributors
About the Editor

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