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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.