Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York City by Julia WertzTenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York City by Julia Wertz

Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York City

byJulia Wertz

Paper over Board | October 3, 2017

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Here is New York, as you've never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz's popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper's.

In Tenements, Towers & Trash, Julia Wertz takes us behind the New York that you think you know. Not the tourist's New York-the Statue of Liberty makes a brief appearance and the Empire State Building not at all-but the guts, the underbelly, of this city that never sleeps. With drawings and comics in her signature style, Wertz regales us with streetscapes "Then and Now" and little-known tales, such as the lost history of Kim's Video, the complicated and unresolved business of Ray's Pizza, the vintage trash and horse bones that litter the shore of Brooklyn's Bottle Beach, the ludicrous pinball prohibition, Staten Island's secret abandoned boatyard, and the hair-raising legend of the infamous abortionist of Fifth Avenue, Madame Restell. From bars, bakeries, and bookstores to food carts, street cleaners, and apartments both cramped and grand, Tenements, Towers & Trash is a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the present day city to bygone days of yore.

Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine.
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Title:Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History Of New York CityFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:284 pages, 12.38 × 9.38 × 1.25 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316501212

ISBN - 13:9780316501217

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"Julia Wertz's Tenements, Towers, and Trash is nothing short of extraordinary. The meticulously researched histories of the various urban landscapes are fascinating, and Wertz's drawings perfectly capture the visual poetry of the city- the ongoing struggle between past and present, and its unique blend of beauty and ugliness. A must for anyone who loves and appreciates the city, as Wertz so clearly does."-Roz Chast