Against All Odds: Transforming 42nd Street a story of the economic transformation of 42nd Street in New York City.

Once the heart of the city’s thriving theater district, 42nd Street gradually declined to become the center of vice and crime in New York City. The block, from 7th to 8th Avenues, served as visual symbol of NYC’s decline in the 1970s and 80s, and it stymied westward expansion of commercial development in Manhattan. Starting in the early 80s, however, 42nd Street slowly transformed from an area that people avoided at all costs, to one where millions of people pass through each year. This transformation was thanks to continued collaboration between the City of New York, the State of New York, and private developers and investors.

Against All Odds tells the story through interviews with the people who made this transformation happen—project leaders, real estate developers, architects, law enforcement officials, and historic preservationists.

In-depth Interviews


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