New York, past and future

Furnace Press sends word of a book competition on urban decay.

The “Decomposition Series” will consist of books focusing on noteworthy abandoned sites in New York State. The five books in this series will be 40-60 pages in length with black & white illustrations. The first of these publications will center on the ruins of Sea View, a former tuberculosis hospital in New York.

We’re looking for proposals on interesting neglected structures with captivating visuals and intriguing histories. The text can consist of documentation, history, speculation, fiction, and/or personal experience. We’re primarily looking for material that engages, arouses interest, and adds to the appreciation of forgotten ruins in New York.

There is no entry fee; the winning author will receive publication and contributor copies. The submission deadline is October 22, 2007.

Meanwhile, starting September 25, the Municipal Art Society brings us Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, an exhibition and series of events designed to “highlight the relevance of activist and author Jane Jacobs and the urban design principles presented in her classic text, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.”

Image of Sea View’s ravaged terra cotta ornamentation found at Forgotten NY.


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