"Audubon Park’s Journey from Farmland to Cityscape"
Told by its resident keeper of the flame and founding director of the Audubon Park Alliance, this well-documented saga of demographics chronicles a dazzling cast of characters and a plot fraught with idealism, speculation, and expansion, as well as religious, political, and real estate machinations.
— Roberta J.M. Olson, Ph.D.,
Curator of Drawings, New-York Historical Society Museum and Library
It is a marvel. And though it’s as painstaking as an academic treatise, it’s a griping historical adventure story. In its pages one is propelled through time and space.
— Michael Henry Adams,
independent architectural, social and cultural scholar focused on Harlem, Newport and LGBT+ history
An illuminating treat! Matthew Spady introduces a remarkable old New York enclave that once flourished beyond Manhattanville in Upper Manhattan, personifying a suburban allure that shaped the breadth of the burgeoning city. A work rich in vivid historical detail and anecdotal observation as it retraces the neighborhood’s fascinating arc from remote woodland estate to the enduring Beaux Arts streetscape one still visits today.
— Eric K. Washington,
historian, biographer, tour guide, photographer
Matthew Spady’s deeply researched and well-written history of the origins and growth of what came to be known as Audubon Park sets a very high bar for historians and scholars. One of Mr. Spady’s accomplishments as a writer is maintaining a neutral tone while developing his story that could easily lead one to quiet lamentation over the environmental costs of the decades of development.
— Daniel Patterson,
Emeritus Professor of English, Central Michigan University
As a historian, Matthew Spady is a superb tour guide―and vice versa. His vivid chronicle of the evolution of Audubon Park is confident and enlightening, a primer on how to excavate and assemble a portrait of a neighborhood.
— John Taliaferro,
author of Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West