Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront


Silent Beaches, Untold Stories is a lush, inspired reminder that New York's waterways were once its lifeblood. Dense with fanciful discoveries and hidden treasures, it evokes--and echoes--the richness of the New York waterfront itself. --Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

We are positively thrilled to announce the publication of SILENT BEACHES, UNTOLD STORIES: NEW YORK CITY'S FORGOTTEN WATERFRONT, by Elizabeth Albert, with fiction and poetry edited by Underwater New York. 

Published by Damiani, SILENT BEACHES available to order. Please save the date for a launch party / reading at Greenlight Bookstore on September 29th.   

SILENT BEACHES transports the reader into the extraordinary past and present embedded in New York City's more than 600 miles of coastline through a stunning selection of rare photographs, history, new fiction and poetry, and contemporary art. Eric W. Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City, calls it a "fascinating and poignant combination," a portrait of "New York City on the margins.  In the early 21st century city we are so focused on growth, and the consequences of that growth, for better or worse, that we forget how the city also leaves places and people behind.  Sandy Ground, Hart Island, Gowanus Creek, Dead Horse Bay, and other off-the-beaten track locales, remind us that abandonment, decay, isolation, and death, are also part of our experience on this particular verge between land and sea. You and your contributors give voice to the bright dreams and restless forces that transform."  

Those contributors constitute a knockout list:

Visual artists Elizabeth AlbertSpencer FinchMelinda HuntNathan KensingerEve Andree-LarameeMarie LorenzMary MattinglyJoel MeyerowitzLuke RaffertyJames Walsh, and Carrie Mae Weems, and

Writers Stacia L. BrownBill ChengSusan ChoiRavi HowardElizabeth GaffneyBen GreenmanNicole MillerKamilah Aisha MoonNelly ReiflerAmy Shearn, and Antoine Wilson.

We couldn't be more excited to share this work with you. Visit the SILENT BEACHES website for more information. For press inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Albert at elizabet.albert (at) gmail (dot) com.