Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street

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  • Title: Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street
  • Author: David J Goodwin D W Gibson
  • ISBN: 9780823278022
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 1st Street, a former P Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse Over the next two decades, an eclectic collection of painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and writers dreamt and toiled within the building s labyrinthine halls TheIn the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 1st Street, a former P Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse Over the next two decades, an eclectic collection of painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and writers dreamt and toiled within the building s labyrinthine halls The local arts scene flourished, igniting hope that Jersey City would emerge as the next grassroots center of the art world However, a rising real estate market coupled with a provincial political establishment threatened the community at 111 1st Street The artists found themselves entangled in a long, complicated, and vicious fight for their place in the building and for the physical survival of 111 1st Street itself, a site that held so much potential, so much promise for Jersey City Left Bank of the Hudson offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty years Documenting the narrative of 111 1st Street as an act of cultural preservation, author David J Goodwin s well researched and significant contribution addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities As a Jersey City resident, Goodwin applies his knowledge of the city s rich history of political malfeasance and corruption, including how auspicious plans for a waterfront arts enclave were repeatedly bungled by a provincial minded city administration In writing this story, Goodwin interviewed thirteen artists and residents, two businesses, three government officials, and five non profits, civic organizations, and community activists The book chronologically explores the history and business of the P Lorillard Tobacco Company, its evolution into a bustling arts community, the battle to preserve the warehouse as a historic structure, and the lessons to be drawn from the loss and ultimate demolition of the building in 2007, as well as the present state of the neighborhood Setting the facts straight for future generations, Left Bank of the Hudson provides an illustrative lesson to government officials, scholars, students, activists, and everyday citizens attempting to navigate the rediscovery of American cities.
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    I found this book to be a fascinating read full of diverse information and anecdotes to maintain one s interest.It speaks with passion and the decline and regeneration of parts of the waterfront in Jersey City Artists is a collection of people who were drawn to this area and a majority of whom made their studios and homes around 111 1st Street in a historic building that was once a vibrant tobacco company warehouse Some discussion is given to the term gentrification and the people and locations [...]

    This is very enjoyable read The author recounts a complex history of urban decay and renewal and the artists who got caught in the middle of it A lot could be said on the specific zoning and redevelopment situation in Jersey City and the author s focus on a few elected leaders, portions of city government and the developer left out many who are also accountable Overall, well written but at times too editorial I recommend this book to any Jersey City resident or person interesting in the subject [...]

    Left Bank of the Hudsonis a thoroughly interesting text that is a sophisticated gentrification narrative comprised heavily in economic and cultural backgrounds that provides the foundation As a former New Yorker I found the discussion of the diverse lives and interests of the artists and the history of businesses that played a part to attract these artists to the former warehouse districts fascinating Goodwin also includes a lengthy discussion on cultural preservation that was very revealing to [...]

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