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Tenements Towers Trash An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City

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Ourist's New York the Statue of Liberty makes a brief appearance and the Empire State Building not at all but the guts the underbelly of this city that never sleeps With drawings and comics in her signature style Wertz regales us with streetscapes Then and Now and little known tales such as the lost history of Kim's Video the complicated and unresolved business of Ray's Pizza the vintage trash and horse bones that My god this book is so splendid I love Julia Wertz and I love Julia Wer

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Here is New York as you've never seen it before A perfectly charming sidesplittingly funny intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks the buildings and the guts of New York City based on Julia Wertz's popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper's In Tenements Towers Trash Julia Wertz takes us behind the New York that you think you know Not the t “You haven’t lived until you died in New York” Alexander Woollcot

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Litter the shore of Brooklyn's Bottle Beach the ludicrous pinball prohibition Staten Island's secret abandoned boatyard and the hair raising legend of the infamous abortionist of Fifth Avenue Madame Restell From bars bakeries and bookstores to food carts street cleaners and apartments both cramped and grand Tenements Towers Trash is a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the present day city to bygone days of yo The story around the edges of this book is melancholy in tone In the fo Birthday pinball Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything prohibition Staten Island's secret abandoned boatyard and the hair raising legend of the infamous abortionist of Fifth Avenue Madame Restell From bars bakeries and bookstores to food carts street cleaners and apartments both cramped and grand Tenements Towers Trash is a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the Discordia present day city to bygone days of yo The story around the edges of this book is melancholy in tone In the fo


10 thoughts on “Tenements Towers Trash An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City

  1. says:

    Julia Wertz the maker of endlessly self deprecating and always wryly amusing diary comics turns to this an illustrated love letter to the New York she called him for several years I love her diary comics but this is a serious departure into a view of New York seen through its buildings storefronts signage Not a tourist’s guide but a New Yorker’s passionate goodbye to her city as she moves back to California Wow it is impressive to look at This is not a fun story though there are comics in it sometimes Mainly it is a book of buildings with little commentary The diary comics are all her of course; this huge ambitious book is about her CityYou want to read other books that are love letters to cities or reveling in architecture? Here’s a list and I have reviews of all of them and in this categoryCheap Novelties The Pleasure of Urban Decay Ben Katchor a good pairing with Wertz’s bookBuilding Stories Chris Ware though he has many about or based in ChicagoHere Richard McGuireA new one I have yet to read Going Into Town A Love Letter to New York Roz ChastAlso 750 Years of Paris Vincent MaheThe End of Summer Tillie WaldenCleveland Harvey PekarThe Bind William GoldsmithSee the City The Journey of Manhattan Unfurled Matteo Pericoli


  2. says:

    “You haven’t lived until you died in New York” Alexander WoollcottA fun uirky book a love letter from this charming 28 year old graphic novelist to New York City You can't help falling in love with Julia Wertz and the way she looks at the world especially her new city She moved to NYC from San Francisco several years ago and is obviously uite taken with the place It seems she wants us to see just how much she is besotted This is a young fresh eyed history of NYCJulia Wertz who is also an amateur historian and avid urban explorer began writing comics about NYC history for The New Yorker She draws much of her humor from the underbelly of New York City's neighborhoods ; the funky bars Jewish bakeries cluttered bookstores theaters and deserted buildings in Staten Island Born in the Bay Area Julia got into comics during her last year of college when she was diagnosed with Lupus Being sick at home she started reading pages of comics and it seemed to make sense to her Inspired she tried creating her own and found her calling Wertz launched her website in 2005 and is the authorillustrator of the autobiographical graphic novels “The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2” “Drinking at the Movies” “The Infinite Wait and Other Stories” and “Museum of Mistakes The Fart Party Omnibus” Four wonderful stars


  3. says:

    I was a rather unlikely reader of Tenements Towers Trash in the sense that I liked but did not love Julia Wertz's Drinking at the Movies and I'm generally not that interested in New York City sorry New Yorkers But my interest was piued enough to take this out of the library and I'm really glad I did—the art was BEAUTIFUL and a lot of the history was so interesting For some reason I particularly loved the section that focused on different types of apartments The depictions of various blocks decades ago contrasted with the present day were also very striking Of course I also loved the drawings of and stories about various independent bookstores Not everything was so fascinating—I didn't particularly care to hear about Dead Horse Bay or all of the areas that have become disgusting trash heaps and I also thought Wertz came across as a bit hipper than thou which was my major issue with Drinking at the Movies as well Overall though I really learned a lot and the pages just flew by Recommended


  4. says:

    On my deathbed I will say “I’m so glad Julia Wertz drew a thousand tiny windows”This book is perfect


  5. says:

    This was just the most awesome thing The most me book to ever exist I think Such a great showpiece to have on display and flip through but 100% worth taking the time to read and savor The cityscapes are gorgeous and the random facts and behind the scenes info about NYC is just too good to pass up I want to get up go out and walk forever around the city to take it all in I kept flagging things to check out the Spite Triangle all the Ray's Pizzas Ideal Hosiery weirdly the 15 mile walk CHALLENGE ACCEPTED the excellent list of books and resources at the end and SO many Julia Wertz's books were some of the first real NYC stories I read Stories about the beauty and mess and the grossness and the misery and the ebullience The Julia stories interspersed here are so true to her original work and energy which is a really awesome and welcome interlude in the cityscapes and factoid sections I remember reading about when Julia was kicked out of her apartment and I felt a strange sort of sadness like this mythological place had been destroyed This book is a great tribute to Julia's time in NYC and a great tribute to the greatest city A worthy purchase for locals dreamers and adventure seekers


  6. says:

    My god this book is so splendid I love Julia Wertz and I love Julia Wertz's New York and it was just so marvelous meandering uirkily through it with her What a treasure Here's what we ate at book club Bodega eggcreams plantain chips homemade cinnamon rolls spinach artichoke dip and on and on


  7. says:

    Julia Wertz has concocted a book that's irresistible if you’re into New York City and its lore old and new Written from the point of view of someone who moved to the city as a young adult fell in love with it and spent a lot of time exploring its odd corners and its ghosts Tenements Towers Trash is personal discursive and opinionated all of which are ualities in its favor Told through prose and detailed black and white drawings the book is stuffed with then and now streetscapes; collections of of a kind establishments past and present apothecaries bakeries theaters food carts bars and indie bookstores to name but a few that figure in New Yorkers' daily lives; and with deeper explorations of people places and things both well known and not that make up the fabric of the city from a nineteenth century abortionist graveyards for boats and once banned pinball machines trash collecting and the subway to the Village Voice and recent institution Kim's Video Even as Wertz celebrates the old architecture that still stands and the historic businesses that endure her then and now illustrations show the city New York is becoming beyond the inevitable churn of time The familiar shift from independent neighborhood businesses to chain drugstores and Verizon outlets; the buildings torn down and replaced by luxury apartments for the well heeled gentrification pushing longtime economically and ethnically diverse residents out of their neighborhoods This can be depressing if not exactly new information to those who’ve followed the news in recent years but these portraits sit alongside others that show farther flung neighborhoods populated by an array of small businesses serving the needs of still diverse communitiesLike Julia Wertz I’m a Northern California native who moved to New York City in my mid 20s and lived there for a decade though I left around the time she arrived So Tenements Towers Trash brought with it a certain amount of nostalgia for me It entertained me eually with history I was familiar with and that which was new to me; it evoked memory with illustrations of places I’d walked by hundreds of times and businesses I’ve patronized and it took me to many neighborhoods and corners of the city where I’d never ventured and without even showing me people freuently gave me a sense of who once lived and now lives there Wertz’s project isn’t meant to give a comprehensive look at the city; as she explains she wrote a book about things that interested her as she explored her adopted home The breadth of what she does cover is wide and often enough fascinating The book’s large size think coffee table dimensions uality paper and sewn binding make it a pleasure to read giving space for the reader to explore the detail and density of the illustrations and letting the occasional text heavy pages breathe


  8. says:

    You know that piece of shit Here that everyone is always talking about? THIS is the book people It presents a similar idea in a way that's entertaining the art is better and it's so much warmerThere's a history of NYC in here so there are pages of storefronts and streets as they appeared in the 20's and as they appear now which is the Here like part Then there are some sketches of the interiors of some different dwellings in NYC Then there are some personal things like Wertz's favorite bookstores and a favorite walking route Why is this better than Here?For starters the title Here? That's like IT It's so hard to talk about something with a one word title like HereHere has no personality It's like an unobtrusive observer I get the idea but it's just so cold and articficial feeling It's a little likeI know this shit is made up so why am I watching it? Who is the person behind the idea of putting all the same shit in this one spot? TTT see the name can be shortened has personality And the author knows when to step in and provide some personality and when to step back and let the shit speak for itselfThe art in TTT is never flat You've got these detailed Chris Ware esue architectural drawings and you've got theseI guess Chris Ware also draws cartoon y characters but whatever The art is beautiful and intricate in places and cartoon y and expressive in others Here is just one style all very flatThere's big stuff like Fresh Kills on Staten Island and there's small stuff like the use of pneumatic tubes in Manhattan The mixture is great and gives the book a variety of textures big and small Sometimes I hate books about NYC Some people have a little bit too much of a boner for the place where they live It's like they wrote a book with a sub agenda of proving that NYC is the greatest place in the world which is like WOW big thesis there Maybe next you'll do something SUPER brave and write about how LA is weird TTT is pretty fair I think there's a love for NYC and I think there's also a recognition that some of the things that happen in NYC are stupid And that the city is so fucking expensive So so fucking expensive I think my big pet peeve from New York people is complaints about tourism I meanif you'd lived there since 1965 I guess? But how long has it been since NYC has been a HUGE tourist destination? Do you really think something like Broadway can exist if it's just like a fun local thing? If there weren't a shitload of people coming from out of town? I'd be fucking annoyed too believe me I get annoyed when the population in my city increases somewhat when the college is back in session But it's not like Fucking college students make this place suck It's just like I wish there were less people around when I really need to get somewhere Anyway rant overYou can read this one and enjoy it without having to get an I heart NY tattoo on your bicep


  9. says:

    The story around the edges of this book is melancholy in tone In the foreword Wertz reveals that after being illegally evicted from her apartment she was forced to leave NYC and move in with family on the west coast She finished this book in the years immediately after leaving the city That sadness and nostalgia colors the book It's an impressive enterprise Large size many pages The content alternates between Then Now style depictions of specific blocks or businesses in NYC and short nonfiction pieces about various people events and inventions I like obscure history and I really like Wertz' autobiographical work so I was into it Read withRamshackle by Allison McCreesh for a serious sense of place Photobooth A Biography for the aesthetic and niche historical stuff Tokyo on Foot for the illustrated city idea Syncopated An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto Essays for short form NF goodness


  10. says:

    The world needs books and especially illustrated graphic books like Tenements Towers Trash because there really isn't anything that I can think of that's uite like this Probably the closest thing would be Harvey Pekar's Cleveland like this essentially a love letter from the author to a city that became a muse But Pekar was handicapped by the fact that his readers needed a lot of the basic history of his provincial city in order to understand why it is the way it is leaving less space for him to weave his own life into the narrative or to tell awesome Cleveland stories Fortunately for Julia Wertz New York needs no introduction so she can focus on what she does best stunningly detailed streetscape illustrations combined with obscure hilarious stories and anecdotes full of local history and trivia told through the lens of her own experience as an artist in the CitySome of the best material here the long stories about the Pinball Prohibition and the World's Fair were previously published in The New Yorker but as is always the case that's never an excuse not to read them again; there are also new stories along the same lines The fascinating streetscapes were mostly as far as I can tell never before published and I spent hours poring over them in detail looking at the storefronts of different eras and trying to imagine living in that world which was clearly the whole point of the book and is the real reason to pick it up


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