South Street Seaport Museum
Presents a Book Talk by Mike Wallace
Greater Gotham
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30pm

Greater Gotham


The South Street Seaport Museum presents Greater Gotham on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30pm at 213 Water Street, NYC. Tickets are $10 (free for members) or $40 for admission and a copy of the book. Tickets are available HERE

Mike Wallace discusses his new book, Greater Gotham, the continuation to the Pulitzer Prized winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. A reception will follow the book talk.

Greater Gotham, written by Gotham co-author Mike Wallace, takes up the story of the juggernaut created by municipal consolidation in 1898 and now hurtling headlong into the 20th century. This new volume gives us New York on a whole new scale, moving from national to global prominence, driven by restless ambition, political turmoil, immigrant hopes, and Wall Street capital, aspiring to be the biggest and best at everything-to control every aspect of the country's cultural and commercial life and, by the end of World War One, to overtake London as the financial capital of the world. Greater Gotham captures the explosive energy generated by the resulting collisions: between plutocrats and progressives; Tammany pols and determined reformers; labor leaders and industry thugs; the embedded Anglo-Protestant elite and brash ethnic newcomers.

"[An] eloquent sequel... Wallace's dynamic contribution to urban history focuses on the marginalized and working class as well as the top one-percent, expanding our vision of the past in innumerable ways." - Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

Mike Wallace is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History. He is the co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History. Wallace lives with his wife, the Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa, in Brooklyn and Coyoacán.


The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins."