Crossing the BLVD

Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

Warren Lehrer (Author), Judith Sloan (Author)


A kaleidoscopic view of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States.

For three years, Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough. This book documents the people they encountered along the way. First person narratives are illuminated by strikingly direct photographic portraits of the subjects alongside the objects of their worlds. Lehrer's postmodern, Talmudic design juxtaposes the multiple perspectives of these new Americans, now thrown together as neighbors, classmates, coworkers, enemies, and friends. They reflect on the good, the ugly and the unexpected in their stories of crossing oceans, borders, wars, economic hardship, and cultural divides. These soulful narratives are put in context by the authors' personal and historical observations. The voices, images and sounds collected here form a portrait of a paradoxical and ever-shifting America.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2003
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32466-2
  • 6.6 × 9.8 in
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“This stunningly innovative book goes beyond pathos, into the kaleidoscope of experience that defines real immigrant life.” — Debbie Nathan, City Limits

“One of the best books ever! Thank you for telling these stories.” — Faith Middleton, Faith Middleton Show, Connecticut Public Radio

“Fascinating.... this extraordinary volume...provides a glimpse of the new America which is emerging.” — Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

“Explodes the paradigms of oral history and reinterpreti[s] them for our multimedia century...” — Archivist Roundtable of New York: Winner, Innovative Use of Archive Award

“Brings alive the most polyglot place on the planet....An outstanding book on the new New York!” — John Kuo Wei Tchen, Historian, New York University, co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas

“Brims over with the energy, heart and spirit that went into creating this important work.” — Dave Isay, documentary radio artist, Ghetto Life 101, The Sunshine Hotel, Witness to an Execution

“Boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. An electrifying collage of voices, faces, and spirits.” — Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues

“An incredible, moving story...Oral history with a twist.” — Marco Werman, The World, BBC

“A fascinating book....Filled with vivid descriptions and very human, powerful, poignant stories.” — Michael Krasny, Forum, KQED

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