Edited by Robert Foster
Designed by McKevin Shaughnessy
Published by the Hoboken Historical Museum
This beautifully produced volume of more than 150 black-and-white photos from three talented photographers captures Hoboken in the 1970s, after most of the working waterfront and factories had shut down and the city was struggling to survive. Today’s residents would barely recognize the city with so many vacant storefronts, dilapidated apartment buildings and abandoned piers patrolled by feral dogs. But the spirit of Hoboken’s diverse population shines through these striking images, at home, on stoops, and at the many parades and festivals. The book presents three distinct views of the city: Caroline Carlson’s photographs of the children of the city and their families; John Conn’s images of local characters and buildings, some of which are long gone; and Benedict Fernandez’ street scenes, interiors and images of the working waterfront. The photos are accompanied by two poignant essays: one by a born-and-raised Hobokenite, Anthony DePalma, now a New York Times reporter, who witnessed the changes to his hometown over the pivotal decade, and the other by Sada Fretz, who moved her family here in the 1970s and fell in love with all the city’s quirks.
Black & white, 190 pages, 9" x 12"
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