Local Author Launches Book About Famous
Upper West Siders: Book Signing This Month!
A new book, Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side: Bloomingdale and Morningside Heights, has just hit bookstore shelves. Published by Fordham University Press, the book was authored by New York City historian Jim Mackin. Jim has spent the last three years researching and writing on this fascinating and comprehensive volume about notables who at one time or another lived in the Bloomingdale and Morningside Heights neighborhoods. Now, Mackin is ready to share it with the public.
The West is History
George Carlin, Barack Obama and Humphrey Bogart among notable New Yorkers highlighted in book about Manhattan’s Upper West Side
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
DEC 17, 2020 AT 12:33 PM
Every neighborhood tells a story. In Greenwich Village, it’s one of artists, activists, and the avant-garde. On the Upper East Side, it’s about privilege, position, and power.
Sometimes neighborhoods change and tell new tales. But the old stories, the lore, remain.
Jim Mackin’s “Notable New Yorkers of Manhattan’s Upper West Side” collects nearly 600 of them. And they reveal an Upper West Side character that’s lasted for a century – intellectual, political, diverse.
Jim Mackin, FCLC ’76, is a retired financial executive turned New York City historian. As the founder of WeekdayWalks, he often guides people on strolls through offbeat areas of the city. In this richly detailed, photo-filled book, he focuses on his own neighborhood, writing about nearly 600 notable former residents of the Upper West Side. He highlights the famous (Humphrey Bogart, Barack Obama, and others), but he also celebrates the uncommon lives of scientists, explorers, journalists, and judges whose stories should be better known. He calls attention to women whose feats have been unsung, such as pilot Elinor Smith and nuclear physicist Harriet Brooks, and writes about the “Old Community,” a tight-knit African American enclave that counted Marcus Garvey and Billie Holiday among its residents. —Ryan Stellabotte.