Book 1 of our Decomposition Series

Paperback, 8" x 7.5", 60 pages, photos 
Published on November 30, 2010
ISBN 978-0-9772742-9-1


by Jean Kahler
Photos by Jessica Rowe

The End of New York is a reflection on the changing landscape of Staten Island. Inspired by the works of the writer Joseph Mitchell, the author and photographer explore cemeteries and abandoned building developments in some of the most remote areas of New York City.

Jean Kahler and Jessica Rowe's 'The End of New York' is an essential book about the New York that doesn't show up in the color photo glossy guidebooks or from the second deck of a tour bus. Describing the literal end of New York on the south side of Staten Island, the book's descriptions of Sandy Ground, its remaining country lane, and the cemetery where the oystermen of the 19th and early 20th Centuries are buried, it is a worthy successor to the work of Joseph Mitchell in the pages of 'The New Yorker'.
- Kevin Walsh, 'Forgotten New York' author and webmaster

Jessica Rowe's photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography and have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally. Jean Kahler's essays on hair and New Orleans appear in Submerged: Tales from the Basin, published by StepSister Press. Jessica and Jean are married and live in Brooklyn.