ITF Post: The Rise and Fall of New York City?

Here’s a collection of links organized around the history of New York examined as a way to understand its present and future status. The links include essays, multimedia, book reviews, and maps for you to consider in relation to the material covered this semester. Seminar texts, discussions, and projects have led you to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy pyramid. This course has focused on accruing new information, assimilating and applying that information through class requirements (participating in class discussion, researching a topic about New York City, writing eportfolio posts, creating and presenting work to a group), and through these processes, the information has turned to knowledge. How might you analyze or evaluate the sources linked below? What did info or skills did you develop that helps you understand these sources and link to the broader themes of our seminar?


Joan Didion, “Goodbye To All That” (1967)

Zadie Smith, “Find Your Beach,” New York Review of Books (October 23, 2014)

E.B. White, “This Is New York,” (1949)

Multimedia & Video

Interactive article and timeline (header below): “What New York Was Like in the Early ’80s — Hour by Hour” T Magazine, (April 17, 2018)

Audio Interview (below): Robert Caro on the Rise and Fall of New York City


Left: Tweet by Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller

Right: “New Yorkers and Their ’80s Routines — Block by Block,” T Magazine, April 17, 2018

Book Reviews

Peter Ekman, “Review: Brian Tochterman, The Dying City: Postwar New York and the Ideology of Fear,” The New Books Review, April 23, 2018.

Jonathan Mahler, “How the Fiscal Crisis Shaped New York: Kim Philips-Stein, Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity,” The New York Times (May 5, 2017).

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