Reviews

“A seminal recounting of the rise, fall and current revival of a major landmark, this book, with many archival photos and drawings, is a must for those interested in the cultural history of the Bronx and New York City.”
—Publishers Weekly

“For anyone who has ever loved a great street or neighborhood as change after change swept over it and dreams and challengesconverged. So in fact this is a book for anyone who has ever lived anywhere. It’s a rich, sometimes wild ride through a century of history, beautifully written by a gifted observer.”
—Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place

“Like the Grand Concourse itself, Rosenblum’s Boulevard of Dreams is stately and elegant, proud and poignant. Building by building, block by block, character by character, she leads us on what is not just a tour of an epic thoroughfare, but of a city, a culture, and an era. People who love New York will devour this bittersweet and beautifully written book. Then they will make a bee-line to the Bronx for a shpatzir along the Concourse—to ponder how spectacular it once was, and to savor every bit of what remains.”
—David Margolick, author of Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink

“Rosenblum writes with deep feeling and an acute eye but she is unflinching and the result is a book that does far more than invite nostalgia. Boulevard of Dreams helped me revise and enrich memories of my own childhood.”
—Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements

“Like all great documents and painstaking works of love, Boulevard of Dreams is a portal. It opens up the Grand Concourse and, even if we’ve never lived there, gives us an imaginary address and lets us think what the world was like growing up with Stanley Kubrick and E.L. Doctorow.”
—André Aciman, author of Out of Egypt: A Memoir

“Boulevard of Dreams is a carefully researched and beautifully written work that reads with all the drive of a well-crafted novel. At once broad and detailed, Rosenblum’s descriptions will resonate with the diverse array of New Yorkers who have called the Grand Concourse home, and fascinate anyone with an interest in the evolution of American cities.”
—Thomas Mellins, architectural historian and author


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