New York's New Edge: Contemporary Art, The High Line, And Urban Megaprojects On The Far West Side

Paperback | May 16, 2016

byDavid Halle, Elisabeth Tiso

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The story of New York’s west side no longer stars the Sharks and the Jets. Instead it’s a story of urban transformation, cultural shifts, and an expanding contemporary art scene.  The Chelsea Gallery District has become New York’s most dominant neighborhood for contemporary art, and the streets of the west side are filled with gallery owners, art collectors, and tourists. Developments like the High Line, historical preservation projects like the Gansevoort Market, the Chelsea galleries, and plans for megaprojects like the Hudson Yards Development have redefined what is now being called the “Far West Side” of Manhattan.

David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso offer a deep analysis of the transforming district in New York’s New Edge, and the result is a new understanding of how we perceive and interpret culture and the city in New York’s gallery district. From individual interviews with gallery owners to the behind-the-scenes politics of preservation initiatives and megaprojects, the book provides an in-depth account of the developments, obstacles, successes, and failures of the area and the factors that have contributed to them.

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The story of New York’s west side no longer stars the Sharks and the Jets. Instead it’s a story of urban transformation, cultural shifts, and an expanding contemporary art scene.  The Chelsea Gallery District has become New York’s most dominant neighborhood for contemporary art, and the streets of the west side are filled with gallery ...

David Halle is professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the summer travel program, UCLA in New York: Cities and Cultures. He is also an adjunct professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and School of Professional Studies and the author of America's Working Man and Inside ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:471 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 16, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction      Developing New York’s Far West Side: Contemporary Art, the High Line, Megaprojects, and Urban Growth
 
Part I                Contemporary Art
1                      Chelsea as New York’s Dominant Contemporary Art Gallery Neighborhood: A Real Estate and Finance Story
2                      Contemporary Art and Life
 
Part II              “Preservation” Projects
3                      The High Line
4                      The Gansevoort Market: From Meat Smells and Prostitution to Historic District, Fashion Central, Google Headquarters, and Whitney Museum
 
Part III             Megaprojects: Why They Often Don’t Happen or Take So Long If They Do, from Javits Expansion to Moynihan Station
5                      The Javits Expansion Fiasco
6                      The Debate over Urban Stadiums: The New York Sports and Convention Center Fight (2004–2005)
7                      The Hudson Yards: Rezonings of 2004–2009 and Beyond: The City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process, Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing, Tax Increment Financing and the Number 7 Subway Extension, and the Culture Shed
8                      Penn/Moynihan Station, 1992–? Fixing Infrastructure
 
Part IV             Challenges to Chelsea’s Art Gallery District from the Lower East Side
9                      The Lower East Side and the New Museum: The Next Chelsea, or Another “Wrong Turn”?
 
10                    Balancing Urban Growth and Protection/Preservation
Notes              
Reference List 
Index

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“This hefty tome will surely pique the interest of anyone who fancies art, the urban, or how the two come together in the City That Never Sleeps. . . . The authors have done a marvelous job of weaving together their respective specialties—sociology for Halle and art history for Tiso—to produce a text that gives ample consideration to the present as well as to the historical development of a particular slice of the Big Apple. This is a fantastic example of collaboration and interdisciplinarity, and the authors have clearly penned a thoroughly engaging text that ought to have broad appeal to scholars, activists, and avid readers. Highly recommended.”