“Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs”
Schiffer Books. Paperback, 144 pages + 350 color images. Authored by Cynthia Harris and Leon Yost with a foreword by JC Landmarks founder John Gomez.
From the editors:
“Lusciously illustrated with more than 350 color images, Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs presents New Jersey’s oldest city with all her hidden quirks and secrets. Urban legends are uncovered and unique views revealed in this irresistibly compelling portrait. Sequential photographs document the ever-changing skyline while personal vignettes portray the lives of pivotal people – from pioneers to politicians – who walked its storied streets. Carefully researched, urban legends become fact – or fiction – through exhaustive reading of dusty files in the expansive New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library. Previously unpublished vintage photographs printed from original 4×5-inch negatives juxtapose with modern views of the same locations to convincingly document this vibrant city’s neighborhoods reaching from Downtown to Greenville to Journal Square to the Heights. Written by the New Jersey Room’s manager, Cynthia Harris, and documentary photographer, Leon Yost, with a foreword by JC Landmarks founder, John Gomez, the book is both authoritative and entertaining, filled with hard-to-find facts, compelling photographs, and intriguing Jersey City stories.”