August 31, 2020

POSTED BY

Jose Fresan

CATEGORY

Vanishing New York: The Battle for the City’s Soul

new york branding sports graphic design agency

When you walk the streets of New York, especially the streets of lower Manhattan, you can clearly see the layers of the different ages that the city has lived through. Jeremiah Moss moved to New York for the first time at 22, in 1993, “the beginning of the end,” as …

new york branding sports graphic design agency

When you walk the streets of New York, especially the streets of lower Manhattan, you can clearly see the layers of the different ages that the city has lived through. Jeremiah Moss moved to New York for the first time at 22, in 1993, “the beginning of the end,” as he tells it in “Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul.

Jeremiah Moss (which is actually an alias) is the author of “Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul” one of the best records of the hyper-gentrification in the city in the early 2000s. The book is also a broken heart love letter to New York’s cultural legacy and diversity.

Moss does a great of job of explaining the different moving forces in the battle for the soul of the city. He explains that there are two approaches to the city: The one’s who come here to blend in, to become part of the culture of the city and its neighborhoods, and on the other hand, the gentrifier mindset, which doesn’t want to blend in, they want the place to change to fit their needs and wants.

The book offers a great portrait of the clashes between the two forces. Moss goes ahead and interviews different New Yorkers which offer proof of the violent encounters between the 2 kinds of newcomers to the city.

Reading Jeremiah’s book is fun, heart-wrenching, and bittersweet. On one hand, I feel someone understands some of my feelings towards the city nowadays and on the other it hand it makes you realize that the battle against hyper-gentrification is being lost with every day that passes.

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul” is a must-read to the souls that sometimes wonder where the edginess of New York has gone.

Please try and buy it on your local bookshop.

And if you want a glimpse of the contents take a look at this interview with Jeremiah at Strand.