arts 01.24.07

5 Books About NY

You don't have to be Jewish, but it helped in the 1970s if you wanted to be a punk rocker. Who knew? Author Steven Lee Beeber details the birth of the music in the 70s, fittingly enough, on the Lower East Side. His book is called The Heebie Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, and the author will lead a conversation about the era with Genya Ravan, Danny Fields, and Chris Stein (from Blondie) on February 1st, 6:30pm, at the Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard [Delancey/Broome]. The event is free, but RSVP at

New York, New York is a hefty book about the avant-garde in New arts: architecture, cinema, photography, music, performance art, and video since the 1940s. It's edited by Lisa Dennison and Germano Celant, the latter is a senior curator at the Guggenheim, the former its director.

Despite have taken a vow of never reading another word about Robert Moses again (bad for our blood pressure), we have to admit being intrigued by Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York, edited by Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson. It's due out next month. And Moses will be pretty unavoidable in the next couple of months, with simultaneous exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, at Columbia's Wallach Art Gallery), and at the Museum of the City of NY (and to see a good example of why we say thanks for nothing, f***wad, click here).

The utterly beguiling children's classic Up and Down New York by Tony Sarg (who, among other things, designed the original Macy's Thanksgiving parade balloons) returns in a facsimile edition of the book's debut in 1926. You (and any youngsters in your home) will love Sarg's illustrated tour of the city's landmarks (most still with us, some not). The new edition comes with an intro by Jonathan Adler.

A haven for musicians since 1935, Manny's Music has captured the spirit of each era with photos on its walls. Many of these have been included in The Wall of Fame by Henry Goldrich and Holly Goldrich Schoenfeld, along with anecdotes from musical world luminaries.


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