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JC: David Goodwin presents LEFT BANK OF THE HUDSON: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street in conversation with Terrence McDonald

    10/07/2017 - 3:00pm

    This event takes place at our Jersey City location.

    LEFT BANK OF THE HUDSON offers a window into the demographic, political, and socio-economic changes experienced by Jersey City during the last thirty years. Documenting the narrative of 111 1st Street as an act of cultural preservation, author David J. Goodwin's well-researched and significant contribution addresses the question of the role of artists in economically improving cities. As a Jersey City resident, Goodwin applies his knowledge of the city's rich history of political malfeasance and corruption, including how auspicious plans for a waterfront arts enclave were repeatedly bungled by a provincial-minded city administration. In writing this story, Goodwin interviewed thirteen artists and residents, two businesses, three government officials, and five non-profits, civic organizations, and community activists. The book chronologically explores the history and business of the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company, its evolution into a bustling arts community, the battle to preserve the warehouse as a historic structure, and the lessons to be drawn from the loss and ultimate demolition of the building in 2007, as well as the present state of the neighborhood. 

    ABOUT DAVID GOODWIN: Educated at St. Bonaventure University, Drexel University, and Fordham University, David J. Goodwin works by day as a librarian at Fordham University School of Law. He is a past commissioner and chairman of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. He writes regularly at

    Terrence T. McDonald is a reporter covering politics, crime, courts, entertainment and more in Jersey City, N.J. and beyond. His work has appeared in The Jersey Journal, The Star-Ledger, The Record and on and He was dubbed a "political poison pen journalist" by a politician forced to resign in disgrace because of his reporting. He has won 23 New Jersey Press Association awards and is the recipient of two Tim O’Brien Awards for Investigative Journalism using the Open Public Records Act from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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    Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street Cover Image
    By David J. Goodwin, Dw Gibson (Foreword by)
    ISBN: 9780823278039
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Fordham University Press - October 3rd, 2017

    In the late 1980s, a handful of artists priced out of Manhattan and desperately needing affordable studio space discovered 111 1st Street, a former P. Lorillard Tobacco Company warehouse. Over the next two decades, an eclectic collection of painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and writers dreamt and toiled within the building's labyrinthine halls.