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An unflinching portrait of gentrification in the 21st century, and a love letter to lost New York, by the creator of the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York

New York City has long been a destination for rebels and rule breakers, artists, writers, and other hopefuls longing to be part of its rich cultural exchange and unique social fabric. But today, modern gentrification is transforming the city from an exceptional, iconoclastic metropolis into a suburbanized luxury zone with a price tag only the top one percent can afford.

Blogger and cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has emerged as one of the most outspoken and celebrated critics of this dramatic shift. He has spent the past decade observing and painstakingly documenting this sea change, and in Vanishing New York, he reports on the city's development in the 21st century, a period of "hyper-gentrification" that has resulted in the shocking transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured unofficial landmarks.

Moss leads us on a colorful guided tour of the most changed parts of town - from the Lower East Side and Chelsea to Harlem and Williamsburg - lovingly eulogizing iconic institutions as they're replaced with soulless upscale boutiques, luxury condo towers, and suburban chains.

©2017 Jeremiah Moss (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[A] comprehensive, emotional exploration of the historical, economic and social forces that have permitted and in many cases encouraged things to play out so dismally." (New York Times)

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Houston...we have a ... oh, wait. It's fixed.

What made the experience of listening to Vanishing New York the most enjoyable?

The text was corrected; hey...accidents happen, and let's face it...English cannot always be taken at face value.

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A compelling story, but the narration???

Where does Vanishing New York rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Potentially high on the list, but the narrator -- in a book about New York City -- didn't bother to learn the correct pronunciation of key places. His Houston Street is pronounced like the city in Texas and NOT the correct way -- "HOW-ston". I flinched every time every time I heard him use the street name, and it wasn't the only one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vanishing New York?

Flinching -- in what was otherwise a passionately-rendered performance.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Heitsch’s performances?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book serves as a reminder that a five minute clip isn't going to tell you whether the narrator is right for a book. A LAZY narrator who doesn't know about the subject matter (as in this case) can spoil a great narrative. I had to give up and go get the written version. It's a fabulous book, and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. And if you don't know the city, or its characters, I suppose this stuff won't grate on you. But if you're a New Yorker, sadly, this is an audiobook that will make you very crazy rather quickly. Go read it instead, because you'll love the stories it tells.

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