Nicholas Dagen Bloom, an urban historian and associate professor of social sciences at the New York Institute of Technology, has authored a book exploring the development of JFK Airport and its long-term impact on the people and economy of the New York Metropolitan region. “The Metropolitan Airport: JFK International and Modern New York“ considers the leading figures (Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, Austin Tobin) and institutions (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) whose visions and machinations transformed a coastal marshland into one of New York’s most important redevelopment projects.
Bloom explores JFK Airport’s often contentious relationship with its immediate neighbors, its transformative impacts on nearby communities and the larger metropolis, and its status as a herald for larger economic and cultural changes that have since affected the nation and the world.
The book is a well-documented but quite enjoyable exploration of an enormously importance piece of the New York urban environment.
Bloom has co-edited two additional books published this year: “Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies that Transformed a City” and “Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy.”
~Thanks to Jeff Brown for this post