Book Event: Left Bank of the Hudson
Taught by David J. Goodwin
David J. Goodwin is a librarian, blogger, homesteader, recovering fiction writer, and all-around urbanist. He works at Fordham University School of Law. He is a past commissioner and chair of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission and currently serves on the board of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. He enjoys nothing more than discussing history and literature and visiting historic homes and museums.
Do artists, writers, musicians, and creative individuals still have a place in New York City? Do you feel the pinch of gentrification or feel complicit in the process? Gentrification stands at the forefront of public discourse in New York and many other American cities.
Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street explores these questions and issues. This book tells the history of an arts community in nearby Jersey City, New Jersey. For nearly twenty years, this community of artists lived and worked in a former tobacco warehouse—111 1st Street. Then, real estate prices went up.
The story of 111 1st Street and its artists provides lessons for citizens and communities imperiled by rising property values and indifferent elected officials and demonstrates that gentrification is anything but simple.
Join us to celebrate the launch of Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street with a reading, short slide show on the history of the building, and q&a. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.