112th: Jennifer Baum for Just City with Rob Snyder

Event date: 
04/04/2024 - 7:00pm

Join us Thursday, April 4th at 7pm for a reading and conversation with Jennifer Baum for the release of Just CityRob Snyder will join in conversation. 

In order to facilitate this in-person author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our Safety guidelines and register for the event using the link below. 


or register using the following link: https://forms.gle/1DsfCvf1WCYN61v67

A captivating memoir of New York’s Historic Upper West Side at a time when community and unity defined the neighborhood

Step into the world of Just City and embark on a poignant journey to a time when ideals were woven into the very fabric of a neighborhood. Jennifer Baum’s evocative storytelling brings to life an era in New York City’s history where affordable housing wasn’t just a concept, but a reality that defined the essence of community.

Within the pages of this captivating memoir, you’ll find yourself transported to the historic Upper West Side—a place where diversity flourished and a shared belief in the importance of a home for all bound the residents together. Through personal anecdotes and heartfelt accounts, Baum illuminates her own upbringing alongside the stories of those who shared her neighbor­hood. She describes how as an adult, she came to appreciate that being raised in an integrated collective was a unique and exceptional experience. As she moves around the world for school, a husband, and work, she tells the story of her search for a home that would embody the values and community she grew up with.

Just City goes beyond the physicality of housing; it unveils the emotional tapestry of housing for an entire generation. As you immerse yourself in the stories of rallies, grassroots efforts, and the sense of kinship that defined this era, you’ll witness a generation that stood united for justice and fairness. The book captures not just moments, but the ethos of a time when the city was a testament to the power of community.

Celebrate the legacy of an era when a city was truly a home, when principles of social respon­sibility thrived. Just City isn’t just a memoir—it’s an invitation to revive the spirit of unity and create a city where everyone belongs. So open its pages and let its words rekindle the flame of a just and inclusive city once more.

Jennifer Baum is an author and social historian, specializing in urban development and housing rights. Her passion for New York City's history is evident in her latest book, Just City, which explores the pivotal years of the Upper West Side. Her work emphasizes the period when housing was considered an essential human right. Known for her insightful narratives and engaging storytelling, Jennifer has garnered a dedicated following among those interested in urban sociology and the history of New York City.

Rob Snyder is an esteemed Manhattan historian, celebrated for his in-depth knowledge of New York City's history. His career, which spans several decades, has significantly contributed to the understanding of Manhattan's evolution, its neighborhoods, and cultural dynamics. Snyder's expertise in urban history has made him a sought-after speaker and commentator on issues related to city life, historical preservation, and urban policy. His perspectives provide a comprehensive background for discussions about New York City's past, present, and future.

Event address: 
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
Just City: Growing Up on the Upper West Side When Housing Was a Human Right By Jennifer Baum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781531506216
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Fordham University Press - April 2nd, 2024