"What would NYC be without women? In this glittering volume, Julie Scelfo provides the indisputable answer: not much. These women are my muses."
"A must-read for anyone who loves New York."
, New York Times bestselling author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies
"For every tale that makes you pump your fist in triumph, there is one that makes you clench your jaw in anger."
—New York Times Book Review
"These women were the original prizefighters...who built the best city in the world."
, New York Times columnist and author of Feminist Fight Club
"Finally -- in Julie Scelfo's brilliant collection of portraits and vignettes, the Town Mothers of NYC loom as large as the Town Fathers, often towering over them."
, Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author of New York Diaries 1609-2009
"Julie Scelfo's astonishing collection of fabulously fearless females reminds us that New York City has always been a . magnet for taboo-busting, rule-breaking women."
, author of The Asylum: True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion and creative ambassador for Barneys New York
"After centuries of women's work being written out of history, The Women Who Made New York gracefully and passionately rewrites that wrong."—Irin Carmon, New York Times bestselling co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"Finally finally finally: the mighty women whose formidable ghosts still walk the streets of New York get their due."
, New York Times Magazine contributor and author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art
"An inventive and important book! And long overdue."
—Nancy Bass Wyden, co-owner of the Strand Bookstore, New York City
"These brief biographies reveal a dynamism and diversity as rich as New York City itself."
—Valerie Paley, Chief Historian and Director of the Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society
"A welcome antidote to male-centered history...I long for the day when books like this become unnecessary."
"A beautifully packaged volume full of heart, moxie, and wonder."
"From artists to activists, an homage to the unheralded hands and hearts who built one of humanity's most iconic cities... Rigorously researched and elegantly written."
"Paired with striking illustrations by artist Hallie Heald, The Women Who Made New York offers a visual look at some of the most vibrant women in the history of one of the world's most vibrant cities."
"This book on New York City history is more than a pretty cover. It is a testament to the lives of impressive women in the Big Apple."