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Bush League, Big City

The saga of New York’s push to build two minor-league baseball stadiums, colored by dollars, politics, and dreams

In Local Hands

The first comprehensive study of village government formation and dissolution in New York State.

New York

A classic work on the history of New York City written by one of America's greatest politicians.

Bronx Epitaph

The first book to comprehensively examine Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech.

Frank Costello

Provides a reimagined but historically accurate account of the life of the notorious gangster Frank Costello through his own words.

The Stork Club Cookbook and Bar Book

Relive the glory days of New York's poshest night spot with recipes and drinks you can prepare at your own home!

Cycling the Hudson and Champlain Valleys

An essential resource for dedicated cyclists planning a trip through the state or casual riders seeking new stretches of trail to enjoy with family and friends. Great for those traveling by foot, boat, or car as well.

Weber and Fields

The first and best biography of this pioneering comic duo and Broadway Stars--in a new edition!

Bob Dylan's New York

A walking tour and history of Bob Dylan's life and time in New York, from Greenwich Village to Woodstock.

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

The Toltec Cup

A gripping tale of conspiracy and a love triangle set against the background of 19th century New York City.

The Crucible of Public Policy

Relates the dramatic role of New York courts in shaping public policy on key reform legislation in the progressive era.

The Spirit of New York, Second Edition

A celebration of New York State's history through 19 key events from the state's founding to today.

Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America

Edited by Lucianne Lavin
Subjects: American Studies

Examines the significant impact of Dutch traders and settlers on the early history of Northeastern North America, and their relationships with its Indigenous peoples.

The Musical, Second Edition

A complete introduction to musical theater from its roots in the eighteenth century through today, written by a master historian.

An Unfinished Revolution

The story of the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights through the lens of one family’s history.

Suffrage and Its Limits

Reflects on the legacy and limits of suffrage in New York State as a way to understand present-day issues with women's social and political rights, as well proposes ideas for future progress.

DIY on the Lower East Side

Engaging look at Lower East Side writers and artists in the wake of the 1975 New York fiscal crisis.

Everything Worthy of Observation

Offers a firsthand account into early-nineteenth-century New York State and Lower Canada during a time of enormous growth and change.

Something's Happening Here

The decade comes alive in this whirlwind ride through the Sixties that begins in Brooklyn and ends at Woodstock.

Popovers and Candlelight

Recounts the true story of an entrepreneurial woman who succeeded in a male-dominated industry in the twentieth century.

Hell Gate

Depicts a man's exploration of the landscape, history, and toponymy of Hell Gate, a notorious stretch of water in New York City's East River.

We Are Going to Be Lucky

Edited by Elizabeth L. Fox
Notes by Elizabeth L. Fox
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

Tells the story of a young couple in love during World War II, and the difficulties they faced both at war and on the home front.

Reflecting Pool

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Both an anthology and an informal textbook that features poetry and essays by twenty-five New York State poets.

New York's Grand Emancipation Jubilee

Examines slavery, abolition, and race in the United States with a special focus on New York State.

Adriaen van der Donck

The first comprehensive biography of an important yet understudied figure in the Dutch colony of New Netherland.

A Spirit of Sacrifice

Focuses on the posters of World War I as a medium to interpret the tremendous role played by New York State and its citizens in the war effort.

Votes for Women

Chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

Beauty in the City

Presents a major new interpretation of the Ashcan School of Art, arguing that these artists made the working class city at the turn of the century a subject for beautiful art.

The Suffragents

The story of how and why a group of prominent and influential men in New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote.

New York Art Deco

The first guidebook devoted exclusively to New York City’s Art Deco treasures.

Respectability on Trial

By Brian Donovan
Subjects: History

Recovers and chronicles the plights of ordinary New Yorkers that resonate with contemporary debates on rape and domestic violence.

Beer of Broadway Fame

Explores the hundred-year history of Piel Bros. , one of the prominent German American brands that once made New York City the brewing capital of America.

Delicious December

Food and history combine in this exploration of the Dutch influence on American holiday traditions. Includes more than one hundred easy-to-make holiday recipes.

Forgotten Borough

Twenty-four contemporary writers reflect on life in New York City’s biggest underdog, the “forgotten borough” of Queens.

William Cullen Bryant

A biography of one of nineteenth-century America’s foremost poets and public intellectuals.

The City That Never Sleeps

An eclectic collection of poems about New York City.

The Three Graces of Raymond Street

A compelling story about three murders in Brooklyn between 1872 and 1873 and the young women charged with the crimes.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.

Circle of Vines

Traces the history of the New York wine industry as it evolved across the state.

Inside Ocean Hill–Brownsville

The story of an Ocean Hill–Brownsville teacher who crossed picket lines during the racially charged New York City teachers’ strike of 1968.

L Is for Lion

A 1960s Bronx tomboy learns how to survive her brutal but humorous Italian family and all the rest that life throws her. The harder you hit the pavement, the higher you fly.

No Longer and Not Yet

Stories of small-town life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Oreos and Dubonnet

A behind-the-scenes look at one of New York's most colorful and influential governors.

Endtimes?

A groundbreaking study of ten difficult years in the life of America's most important newspaper.

Enough Blame to Go Around

Veteran labor journalist Richard Steier explores the tensions between New York City's public employee unions, their critics, and city and state politicians.

Mr. New York

The life and times of an instrumental figure in New York City’s recovery from the fiscal and social crises of the 1970s and 1980s, and in the general revitalization of the city over two generations.

Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws

Uses previously unstudied Coast Guard records for New York City and environs to examine the development of Rum Row and smuggling in New York City during Prohibition.

Liberty Street

By Peter Josyph
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A haunting record of the destruction and rebirth of the neighborhood surrounding Ground Zero.

Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father

The life of a prominent Dutch-American patriot.

J'aime New York, 2nd Edition

A guide to the important but half-forgotten chapters of New York State’s French history.

A Beautiful and Fruitful Place

Second volume of papers from a well respected annual seminar that showcase the latest research on Dutch colonial history in New York State.

Dancing with the Queen, Marching with King

A lively and entertaining memoir of a life in public service to the city and state of New York.

The Stadium

Photographs by Jon Plasse
Subjects: Sociology
Series: Excelsior Editions

Photographs and recollections of one of baseball’s most storied icons.

The Beach Beneath the Streets

Examines New York City as a paradigmatic example of the tensions between privatization and public uses of space in the contemporary U.S.

Teachers United

The inspiring history of NYSUT, New York State’s largest union, and a powerful progressive force in the state and in the country.

Castles of New York

An architectural and historical tour of twenty-nine of New York State’s finest castles.

We Used to Own the Bronx

An inside story of privilege, inherited wealth, and the bizarre values and customs of the American upper crust.

Arsenic and Clam Chowder

Recounts the sensational 1896 murder trial of Mary Alice Livingston, who was accused of murdering her mother with an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder and faced the possibility of becoming the first woman to be executed in New York's new-fangled electric chair.

SUNY at Sixty

The comprehensive history of the State University of New York system.

King of the Bowery

The first full-length biography of Timothy D. "Big Tim" Sullivan, who dominated New York City politics in the three decades prior to World War I.

Follow the Money

Reveals the powerful influence of financial elites on New York City’s mayors.

Explorers, Fortunes and Love Letters

Drawing on the latest research, leading scholars shed new light on the culture, society, and legacy of the New Netherland colony.

New York Sings

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.

Living Waters

Fascinating stories based on the author’s exploration of eight rivers in New York and Québec.

Black Soldiers of New York State

Concise history of the valiant service of New York’s African American soldiers.

The Epic Battles for Ticonderoga, 1758

A history of the military campaigns near Fort Ticonderoga, New York, in 1758.

David Dinkins and New York City Politics

Studies the role of the media in shaping public perceptions of David Dinkins’ mayoral leadership.

Landmark Yiddish Plays

Introduces readers to comic and tragic masterpieces spanning 150 years of Yiddish drama.

The Other New York

Essays exploring rural New York during the American Revolution.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3

Third volume of biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2

Second volume of biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1

Biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.