Kara Schlichting


New York City

Environment - City Planning - Urban Space


New York Recentered offers a new model for understanding the invention of metropolitan New York. By broadening the definition of planning, and paying close attention to the levels of governance on which it occurred, this book uncovers a complex regional history, not just a history of the city’s influence on its periphery.


“In this perceptive addition to literature on the history of urban planning and development, Schlichting shifts attention from the downtown core of New York City to show that the urban periphery was not so peripheral after all. . . . Highly recommended.” (Choice)

New York Recentered takes into account the twin dynamic of New York as an island city and as a regional entity. This is a welcomed change in perspective that allows the author to examine metropolitan growth and development from the relatively unstudied, but important, vantage point of the periphery. Goodbye to center city–heavy perspectives on Gotham!”

Martin V. Melosi | author of The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present

New York Recentered is an important work in urban history because it will force us all to look beyond Manhattan and take in New York as a regional city united by water. I don’t know of another book that attempts to look at the regional city in this way, and I commend Schlichting for the originality of her approach, the thoroughness of her argument, and the success she has achieved.”

David Schuyler | author of Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism


Read more about Chapter 6 “‘From Dumps to Glory’: Flushing Meadows and the New York World’s Fair of 1939–1940” of New York Recentered at the Living New Deal website.

Read an excerpt of Chapter 2 “Laying Out the Trans-Harlem City” from New York Recentered at Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History.