Silent Beaches, Untold Stories

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories

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Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront transports the reader into the extraordinary past and present embedded in New York City's more than 600 miles of coastline through a stunning selection of rare photographs, history, new fiction and contemporary art. Each of the ten chapters centers on one of New York City's lesser-known waterfront spaces: Dead Horse Bay, where the pre-automobile city's legions of horses once met their maker; Hart Island, New York's still-active potter's field, where over 800,000 of the city's unclaimed dead have been laid to rest; and Sandy Ground, one of the earliest free black communities in the nation, made prosperous through oystering and strawberry farming. Elizabeth Albert's historical texts and striking images resonate with Underwater New York's selected new fiction and poetry, setting a stage where history, image and fiction coalesce into a powerful and haunting experience. Silent Beaches features the work of internationally known and notable contemporary artists and writers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Mattingly, Carrie Mae Weems, Spencer Finch, Susan Choi, Nelly Reifler, Ravi Howard, Antoine Wilson and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 238.76 x 297.18 x 15.24mm | 300g
  • Bologna, Italy
  • English
  • 80
  • 8862085001
  • 9788862085007

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... a fascinating and poignant combination of art, poetry, photography, essays, historic drawings, and short stories about New York City on the margins. In the early 21st century city we are so focused on growth, and the consequences of that growth, for better or worse, that we forget how the city also leaves places and people behind. Sandy Ground, Hart Island, Gowanus Creek, Dead Horse Bay, and other off-the-beaten track locales, remind us that abandonment, decay, isolation, and death, are also part of our experience on this particular verge between land and sea. [Silent Beaches] give[s] voice to the bright dreams and restless forces that transform.--Eric Sanderson "Author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City "show more