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

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Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City Read Online Free - 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.

Title : Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City
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ISBN : 0316501212
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 284 pages


David rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

Julia Wertz, the maker of endlessly self-deprecating and always wryly amusing diary comics turns to this an illustrated love letter to the New York she called him for several years. I love her diary comics, but this is a serious departure into a view of New York seen through its buildings, storef...

Denise rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2017

This was just the most awesome thing. The most "me" book to ever exist, I think. Such a great showpiece to have on display and flip through, but 100% worth taking the time to read and savor. The cityscapes are gorgeous, and the random facts and behind-the-scenes info about NYC is just too good to...

Lisa rated it ★★★☆☆

November 04, 2017


Peter rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2017

TENEMENTS, TOWERS & TRASH: AN UNCONVENTIONAL ILLUSTRARTED HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY by Julia Wertz opens with an E.B. White quote: “There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its...

Keith rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2017

The world needs more books, and especially more illustrated / graphic books, like Tenements, Towers & Trash, because there really isn't anything that I can think of that's quite like this. Probably the closest thing would be Harvey Pekar's Cleveland, like this essentially a love letter from t...

Nicole rated it ★★★★★

January 02, 2018

A smart and humorous illustrated tour of New York City with plenty of "before and after" illustrations and historical tidbits about famous figures and events. Interwoven is the author's story of how she arrived in the city and some of her experiences. Some of my favorite parts that prompted me to...

Virginia rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

So. good. Whenever people ask me why I love this dirty, rat-infested city, I always find it difficult to put into precise words. This book has so beautifully captured the unique essence and personality of NYC that I struggle to explain. Many pages contain no words or phrases but I can still under...

Laura rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

Amazing. If you ou have never visited New York. If you live in New York. If you have heard of New York, this is the book for you. It sounds odd, but I poured over every drawing, in this book, every short story she wrote, and illustrated. The subhead of the book sort of says it all An unconventional...

Dave rated it ★★★★☆

February 14, 2018

Those looking for a comprehensive history or plan are, as Wertz says in the intro, "shit out of luck." But those looking for a good time will probably find it. Wertz's eye for the disappearing and the wonderfully weird is fun to look at and read about--it reads like Found Magazine a lot of the ti...

Emily rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2017

This book is a study of architecture and urban design, a quirky history (World’s Fair trivia, The Great Pinball Prohibition), and largely a love letter to NYC. I’ve never lived in NYC or visited it as an adult, so that didn’t resonate, but I’d recommend it to anyone who has a relationship with th...

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