New York's New Edge

Contemporary Art, the High Line, and Urban Megaprojects on the Far West Side

David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso

David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso

432 pages | 63 halftones, 6 figures, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226032405 Will Publish October 2014
E-book $36.00 ISBN: 9780226032542 Will Publish October 2014
The story of New York’s west side no longer stars the Sharks and the Jets. Instead it’s a story of urban transformation, cultural shifts, and an expanding contemporary art scene.  The Chelsea Gallery District has become New York’s most dominant neighborhood for contemporary art, and the streets of the west side are filled with gallery owners, art collectors, and tourists. Developments like the High Line, historical preservation projects like the Gansevoort Market, the Chelsea galleries, and plans for megaprojects like the Hudson Yards Development have redefined what is now being called the “Far West Side” of Manhattan.

David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso offer a deep analysis of the transforming district in New York’s New Edge, and the result is a new understanding of how we perceive and interpret culture and the city in New York’s gallery district. From individual interviews with gallery owners to the behind-the-scenes politics of preservation initiatives and megaprojects, the book provides an in-depth account of the developments, obstacles, successes, and failures of the area and the factors that have contributed to them.
Alain Quemin | Université Paris VIII
"New York’s New Edge is an absolutely brilliant contribution to the sociology of art, urban sociology, and urbanism. This is one of the very best sociological texts that I have read in ages. I highly recommend it to all those who are interested in Manhattan’s Far West Side transformations."
Michele H. Bogart | Stony Brook University
“Focusing on the now-booming district of the Far West Side, sociologist David Halle and art historian Elizabeth Tiso offer a substantial and eminently sensible analysis of why development in Giuliani and Bloomberg-era Manhattan evolved as it did. Their compelling history of the present, resolutely opposed to sloganeering ‘tale-of-two-cities’ explanations, reveals through specifics the people and institutional structures involved with area galleries and built environment projects, and the circumstances that resulted in success or failure. All students of cities will learn much from this engrossing book.”
Harriet F. Senie, author of The “Tilted Arc” Controversy: Dangerous Precedent?
“In New York’s New Edge (the title may be understood literally as referring to the city’s far west side and metaphorically) David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso interweave three complex histories: the rise of Chelsea as the world’s premier gallery district; iconic preservation projects such as the High Line; and mega real estate projects such as Hudson Yards. Their reading of each is nuanced, cutting through many of the ‘accepted wisdoms’ of the day. Their purpose is to analyze what makes for a reasonable balance between healthy urban growth and preservation. This book is a must for planners, politicians, and anyone with an interest in the future of cities.”
Rick Bell, Executive Director, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture
“The link between the contemporary art scene in Chelsea and the development of an edge neighborhood of restaurants, hotels, and new housing is detailed and superbly analyzed by David Halle and Elisabeth Tiso. The preservation of the High Line and creation of the Gansevoort Market Historic District led to extraordinary change. In New York's New Edge the relation of cultural identity to people, planning, and politics is made personal and comprehensible by surprising anecdotes and insightful commentary.”
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction      Developing New York’s Far West Side: Contemporary Art, the High Line, Megaprojects, and Urban Growth
 
Part I                Contemporary Art
1                      Chelsea as New York’s Dominant Contemporary Art Gallery Neighborhood: A Real Estate and Finance Story
2                      Contemporary Art and Life
 
Part II              “Preservation” Projects
3                      The High Line
4                      The Gansevoort Market: From Meat Smells and Prostitution to Historic District, Fashion Central, Google Headquarters, and Whitney Museum
 
Part III             Megaprojects: Why They Often Don’t Happen or Take So Long If They Do, from Javits Expansion to Moynihan Station
5                      The Javits Expansion Fiasco
6                      The Debate over Urban Stadiums: The New York Sports and Convention Center Fight (2004–2005)
7                      The Hudson Yards: Rezonings of 2004–2009 and Beyond: The City’s Uniform Land Use Review Process, Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing, Tax Increment Financing and the Number 7 Subway Extension, and the Culture Shed
8                      Penn/Moynihan Station, 1992–? Fixing Infrastructure
 
Part IV             Challenges to Chelsea’s Art Gallery District from the Lower East Side
9                      The Lower East Side and the New Museum: The Next Chelsea, or Another “Wrong Turn”?
 
10                    Balancing Urban Growth and Protection/Preservation
Notes              
Reference List 
Index
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