New York has been a hotbed of innovation since its founding. Made in New York: 25 Innovators Who Shaped Our World (SUNY Press, 2023) by Frank Vizard tells the stories behind the innovators and their inventions.
Like many New Yorkers, some came from elsewhere to find success in their new homes. Others were homegrown. Some became famous; others struggled for recognition. All were visionaries and risk-takers who were willing to put their lives on the line if necessary.
From the first brassiere to the first modern submarine, and from Batman to the first mass-produced cameras, New York has been a seabed of life-changing innovations that have altered how we live.
Made in New York celebrates the compelling stories of these innovative men and women. Find out why invention of the teddy bear in Brooklyn is a civil rights story as is dry cleaning. The invention of voting machines in New York is still relevant to elections today. And baseball wouldn’t be what it is now without New York rules.
Luminaries like Nikola Tesla, Raymond Loewy and DJ Kool Herc shine alongside lesser known figures like George Speck, Katherine Blodgett, and Marie Van Britten Brown. What they did in New York impacted the world.
Frank Vizard is a former editor with Popular Science magazine and has written for a wide variety of publications ranging from Luxury Magazine to USA Today. Vizard’s other books include Why A Curveball Curves: The Incredible Science of Sports (2009) and the novel Screamer (2018). He lives in Westchester County, NY.
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