How Manhattan’s Cityscape Was Remade After WWII From East Harlem And More

January 15, 2023

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In Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York, Samuel Zipp sheds new light on the state of New York’s urban renewal after World War II.

Focusing on four iconic “Manhattan Projects” – the United Nations headquarters at Turtle Bay, Stuyvesant Town, Lincoln Square, and the great swaths of public housing in East Harlem – he unearths forgotten stories and characters that flesh out the conventional history of urban renewal.


The Author

Samuel Zipp is a cultural and urban historian. Author of Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York (Oxford, 2010) and co-editor of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Random House, 2016), his most recent book is The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World (Belknap, 2020).

He’s written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, n+1, Public Books, The Baffler, and Metropolis, and is a Professor of American Studies and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Brown University.


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