The New York City Book Awards 2000
Award for Fiction
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Random House)
Award for Borough History
Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough by Lloyd Ultan and Barbara Unger (Rutgers University Press)
Award for Natural History
Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor by John R. Waldman (The Lyons Press)
Award for History
Working-Class New York: Life and Labor Since World War II by Joshua B. Freeman (The New Press)
Special Citation of Merit
AIA Guide to New York City by Norval White and Elliot Willensky (Crown)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Vincent Seyfried, co-author of Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs
The 2000-2001 Book Awards Jury
Constance Rogers Roosevelt, chair; Richard B. Bernstein,Barbara Cohen, Joan K. Davidson, Hope Cooke, Christopher Gray, Tom Mellins, Roger Pasquier, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Jean Strouse, Wendy Wasserstein
The awards ceremony took place May 2, 2001.
Juror Elizabeth Barlow Rogers on Heartbeats in the Muck:
Waldman's background as a field biologist has equipped him to describe the harbor's ecological history, but his gift for graceful narration is all his own
Juror Richard B. Bernstein on Working-Class New York:
Explores the creation, by workers and their allies, of a true social democracy in New York City. An amazing book.
Juror Christopher Gray on the AIA Guide to New York City:
Vivid, funny, and opinionated. It's appealing to anyone who loves to walk the city streets.
Juror Christopher Gray on Vincent Seyfried:
Seyfried's monumental work focuses on Queens before it became part of greater New York and on the history of the Long Island Rail Road. The grand old man of Queens history.