Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street will be published by Fordham University Press on October 2, 2017.

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The first review has arrived! Publishers Weekly carried a glowing review of Left Bank of the Hudson on June 19, 2017. Let’s hope this marks the first of many.

If you need further convincing (hey, I don’t blame you), read the advance praise from a historian, an author, a journalist, a public policy advocate, and an art gallery owner.

Left Bank of the Hudson presents a well-researched slice of life in the transformation of Jersey City’s formerly dismal downtown-waterfront district to a new ‘gold coast’ as it details how a group of urban-pioneer artists attempted to save through adaptive use one of the area’s most important manufacturing buildings.”—Randall Gabrielan, Monmouth County (N.J.) historian and author of Hoboken: History and Architecture at a Glance

“Goodwin tells the gripping but sad tale of 111 1st Street—a Jersey City tobacco factory that found its second life as a thriving arts community. Along the way, we meet eccentric artists, Russian mobsters, corrupt cops, greedy developers, and, this being Jersey City, dysfunctional politicians. There’s a cameo by a cast member of The Sopranos, arson, political backstabbing, earnest activists, and a final act starring internationally acclaimed architect Rem Koolhaas. But in the end, the story is a true tragedy.”—Helene Stapinski, author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History

“You may think you’ve heard the story before—artists flock to a run-down neighborhood, they breathe in new life, they get pushed out—but in recounting the little-told saga of 111 1st Street, Goodwin proves that the relationship between gentrification and the creative class is far less cut-and-dried, and far more compelling.”—Rebecca Sheir,’s Placemakers podcast

Left Bank of the Hudson is an engaging, dynamic book that succeeds at using the story of a place to tell a bigger story about all of us as a society. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about Jersey City, the arts, gentrification, economic development, or New Jersey history.”—Jon Whiten, New Jersey Policy Perspective

“This in-depth exploration of the varied people, politics, and economic forces serves as a fascinating discourse on how gentrification in urban areas can happen and all the drama that unfolds as a result.”—Jonathan LeVine, Jonathan LeVine Projects

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