Gotham's Last Four Decades

Gotham's Last Four Decades
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Many wonder whether New York can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, but the city was already ailing from years of mismanagement and drift under Mayor Bill de Blasio, from last summer’s riots, and from a sense that its energy has been drained over the last few decades. New Yorkers should be celebrating the city’s post-1975 renaissance, but instead they’re anxious. Enter Thomas Dyja’s New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation, a dizzying tour of recent New York history that offers an insightful but ultimately frustrating interpretation of how the city rescued itself from the depths of despair and arrived where it is today.

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