Bronx Tales

Stories of Public Art, Architecture, and Urban Renewal

35 pages

14 b/w photographs

September, 2014

ISBN: 9781479856329



Also available in


New York CityHistory

Part of the New York Voices series


Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, was a longtime editor of the paper’s City section and a former editor of the Times’s Arts and Leisure section. She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.


All books by Constance Rosenblum

In these vignettes of life along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, the New York Times’s Constance Rosenblum examines the place of art in this community— its installation, its reception by local residents, and the debates that often surround it. From the growing popularity of European-style Art Deco in the 1930s and '40s, to the opinion of some Bronx residents that these modern additions were “ugly as hell,” and from public art criticized for controversial content to buildings revered for their innovative design, the reception of art and architecture along the Concourse serves as a way to explore the role, function, and place of art in urban spaces.