In Proposal: “Wonderful Town,” 1930s New York…When Gotham Became Gotham

Thousands of non-fiction books have been written about New York City, and many of them have sold (and continue to sell) very well. But there’s a gaping hole in the catalog. No one has published the book about 1930s New York, New Deal New York, the era when its identity, its personality and its character were formed and when the foundations of its greatness were laid down.

WONDERFUL TOWN: 1930s New York…When Gotham Became Gotham is that book. It tells the story, in words and pictures, of the unique decade, in which the greatest names, the greatest places and the greatest events all came together.

It brings to life the age of Gypsy Rose Lee, Fiorello LaGuardia, Babe Ruth, Lucky Luciano, George Gershwin, J.P. Morgan, Walter Winchell, Max Baer, Cole Porter, David Sarnoff, Arturo Toscanini, Jimmy Durante and Orson Welles.

It recreates the era of Longchamps, Luchows and Lindy’s; of Murderer’s Row and Murder, Inc.; of Ebbetts’ Field and the Polo Grounds; of Pennsylvania Station, the Hippodrome and the “L’; of the Normandie, the Hindenburg and the Boeing Flying Boat.

It recalls the days when nine daily newspapers flourished in New York, when Art Deco skyscrapers sprouted by the dozen; when New York overtook Paris as the center of modern art, when television moved out of the laboratory and into the home, when those in the know went to the Stork Club and the Cotton Club, when people shopped at Wanamaker’s and S. Klein’s.

It follows the great dramatic story arc of 1930s New York, as it stumbled through the Great Depression, revived with the New Deal and the reign of Fiorello LaGuardia and rose to that great clarion-call of optimism: the 1939 World’s Fair.

WONDERFUL TOWN is the story of New York’s New Yorkiest decade. It tells the truth behind the legends, the reality behind the myths, the gossip, the whispers, the scandals that made New York New York. It’s a love song to the World’s liveliest, most vibrant city, in the heyday of its powers, during the most fascinating period of its history.

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