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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

The Eight

The personal and legal struggle of eight enslaved people for freedom in New York in the period just before the Civil War.

Land of the Oneidas

Presents the history of central New York State from the Ice Age to the present day.

New York

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

Louise Blanchard Bethune

The trailblazing story of the life and career of Louise Blanchard Bethune, America’s first professional woman architect.

In Local Hands

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

The Sea Lions

An exciting adventure tale of sealers caught in the Antarctic ice in the early nineteenth century and forced to winter over in extreme conditions.

The Camp Abilities Story

The uplifting story of how one camp gave children with visual impairment new confidence in their own abilities.

The Manors and Historic Homes of the Hudson Valley

A classic guide to the history and architecture of the historic manors and homes of the Hudson River Valley

Bronx Epitaph

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

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!

Frank Costello

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

From Binghamton to the Battlefield

An annotated collection of over one hundred Civil War letters that trace a Union soldier's transformation from eager recruit to war-weary, battle-tested veteran.

Henry Dreyfuss

Celebrates the design work of Henry Dreyfuss and his associates that revolutionized 20th century industrial design from telephones to trains to thermostats.

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.

Harold Taylor and Sarah Lawrence College

Edited by Craig Kridel
Foreword by Leon Botstein
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

The engaging memoir of a college president and public intellectual who became one of America's leading mid-twentieth-century social and educational activists.

Hopewell Junction: A Railroader's Town

Reveals the life and lore of a vanished era of railroad history.

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.

Ladies' Day at the Capitol

First history of New York's women legislators within the larger story of New York State politics.

The Best of the Adirondack Tales

The best of W.H.H. Murray’s 19th century Adirondack stories, selected by Murray’s biographer and great, great grandson, Randall S. Beach

Weber and Fields

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

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

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

Stories, Streets, and Saints

A time capsule of a classic Italian American neighborhood, told in the voices of its inhabitants.

Notable Civil War Veterans of Oswego County, New York

Recounts the compelling stories of Civil War soldiers and sailors who lived in Oswego County, New York.

Dear Uncles

Edited by Rick Barram
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

A New York soldier's eyewitness account of life in the first year of the Civil War, from the campgrounds to the battlefields.

A Passionate Life

The first full biography of W. H. H. Murray (1849-1904), a Boston preacher often described as the father of the American outdoor movement and the modern vacation.

Home as Found

A novel of manners set in the drawing rooms, ballrooms, and Wall Street offices in 1830s New York, dramatizing conflicts that we are still grappling with nearly two hundred years later.

The Letchworth State Park Atlas

A visitor's companion to New York's Letchworth State Park, richly illustrated with ninety maps and thirty-five photographs.

Out-Doors at Idlewild; or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson

Chronicles the creation of a picturesque home and landscape on the Hudson River by one of the nineteenth century's leading authors.

History of Delaware County and Border Wars of New York

A classic history of Delaware County and the border wars written by none other than prominent Gilded Age "Robber Baron" Jay Gould.

In the Catskills and My Boyhood

Classic works by naturalist John Burroughs on his beloved Catskill region.

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.

History of Wyoming County, N.Y.

A county history book that includes town histories, biographical sketches, and lithographs of pioneers and homesteads, as well as their Civil War military service.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

Lichen Tufts, from the Alleghanies

An important and prescient early example of US environmental writing with a profound sense of consciousness and appreciation for the natural world.

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.

Confessions of a Hayseed DA

An idealistic, occasionally naïve and somewhat irreverent young attorney becomes the District Attorney of Rockland County, New York, in the 1960s and faces the challenges of fighting crime in a rapidly changing world.

Sharkey

The incredible, true story of the twentieth century's greatest performing sea lion and the man who trained him.

The Jews of Long Island

The first comprehensive history of the development of early Jewish life on Long Island.

Inside the Green Lobby

A veteran environmental lobbyist reveals the behind-the-scenes struggles to address threats to the future of New York's Adirondack Park.

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.

The Haunted History of Pelham, New York

A fascinating fusion of New York history and local folklore sure to send shivers up your spine!

Blacks in Niagara Falls

A detailed study of the history of African Americans in a small upstate New York city from the days of the Underground Railroad to the deindustrialization of the 1980s.

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 Water-Witch

An exciting tale of nautical adventure on the waters of colonial New York Harbor.

Meander

Draws on the author's own experiences as a watershed planner, teacher, and activist to tell the story of the Great Lakes region's experiment in restoring a complicated natural system of flowing water.

Sense of Origins

Studies the relationship between young Italian Americans and their Italian cultural and historical heritage.

The Impeachment of Governor Sulzer

Brings to life the dramatic and colorful career of William Sulzer (1863–1941), former governor of New York State.

José María Heredia in New York, 1823–1825

Edited and translated by Frederick Luciani
Introduction by Frederick Luciani
Subjects: Literature

An English translation, with introduction and annotations, of a selection of the letters and verse that José María Heredia (b. Cuba, 1803; d. Mexico, 1839), wrote during his months of political exile in New York from November 1823 to August 1825.

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.

Hundred-Mile Home

A creative travelogue of landscape and memory.

Cycling the Erie Canal, Fifth Edition

An indispensable resource for dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours. Great for walkers, boaters, and auto travelers, too.

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.

The Chainbearer

Cooper’s The Chainbearer presents an exciting narrative that interrogates issues of what it means to own land. The novel examines the claims of ownership of wilderness land among Native Americans, New England squatters, and the old New York families with legal deeds.

City on the Edge

Explores why people stay in vulnerable cities by looking at Syracuse, New York, through the contemporary experiences of five citizens.

Niagaras of Ink

Makes literature of Niagara Falls available to readers with a variety of interests in literature, culture, and place.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Racial Inequality in New York City since 1965

A comprehensive exploration of racial inequality in New York City since 1965.

What Remains

Text by Ilan Stavans
Photographs by Jon Crispin
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Combining photography and essay, presents a speculative portrait of a Jewish immigrant living out the end of his days in New York's midcentury mental health system.

Enterprising Waters

Chronicles the story of the Erie Canal from its inception to today.

Doghiker

A comprehensive guidebook for dog owners that includes seventy-seven great hikes from the Adirondacks through the Catskills.

The Spy

An exciting Revolutionary War tale of double agents and counterespionage in New York State in 1780.

The Majestic Nature of the North

The illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back.

Ghost Fleet Awakened

Chronicles the history and archaeological study of Lake George, New York’s sunken bateaux of 1758.

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many handsome and significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.

Colonizing Southampton

A study of the times and life in Southampton, New York between 1870 and 1900.

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.

Judith S. Kaye in Her Own Words

A memoir and selected writings by the former Chief Judge of New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.

United University Professions

Tells the story of the nation's largest higher education union from its earliest years to its role today as a powerful organization promoting the interests of faculty, staff, and the entire SUNY community.

Something's Happening Here

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

I'll Be Home

Editorials, op-eds, and other writings by a memorable newspaperman.

Forest and Crag

A compelling story of our ever-evolving relationship with mountains and wilderness.

Overcoming Niagara

Analyzes the nineteenth century canal age in the Niagara-Great Lakes borderland region as a transnational phenomenon.

Battling Editor

Recounts the transformation of two daily newspapers in the face of economic downturns and sweeping technological change.

Popovers and Candlelight

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

Bootlegger of the Soul

A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map.

Angry Rain

By Maurice Kenny
Edited by Derek C. Maus
Introduction by Derek C. Maus
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Reveals the development of Maurice Kenny’s growing artistic consciousness, while attesting to both the beauty and brutality of the world in which he lived.

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.

The Moving of the Water

Stories anchored in the Welsh American immigrant experience.

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.

Brokering Tareas

By Steven Alvarez
Subjects: Education

Provides concrete examples of homework mentorship and positive academic interventions among immigrant families.

Finding True North

An evocative and personal history of a unique historic place in the Adirondacks.

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.

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies

From the Nile to the Hudson, the story of how two Egyptian mummies joined an American museum collection.

The History of Here

How the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany, New York, changed and grew, as reflected in the history of one house and the lives of its residents.

Set in Stone

Challenges the belief that the Walloons and the Dutch of the Hudson Valley were cultural preservationists who resisted English culture.

Over a Barrel

How a small family company in the Finger Lakes became one of the most important wine producers in the United States, only to be taken down by corporate greed and mismanagement.

Radical Imagination, Radical Humanity

Provides firsthand accounts of militant Puerto Rican activists in 1970s New York City.

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.

Rebels on the Niagara

Offers a detailed account of the political and military history of the Irish American Fenian Brotherhood in the nineteenth century.

Herbert H. Lehman

The definitive biography of New York State's four-term Governor, US Senator, humanitarian, and Jewish liberal political reformer.

Reluctant Reformer

Tells the untold story of the life and career of Nathan Sanford, a New York State lawyer-politician who capitalized on opportunities created by the new politics of the early Republic to achieve social mobility.

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.

Sixty-Four Campuses—One University

Handsome, fully illustrated history of the sixty-four State University of New York campuses.

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.

National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame

Explores the rich history, collections, and significance of the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the art form of dance.

Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Explores the long-neglected rural dimensions of northern slavery and emancipation in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.