Thomas J. Campanella

Thomas J. Campanella

Thomas J. Campanella is director of the Urban and Regional Studies Program at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department. He is the author of The Mythical Dominion: A Secret History Of Brooklyn, forthcoming in 2019.

Long Before Levittown, Brooklyn Boasted Mass-Produced Housing

The small community of Gerritsen Beach was a pioneering cookie-cutter suburb in the 1920s.

Mapping the Edison Bulbs of Brooklyn

Behold vintage incandescent bulbs, the illumination of gentrifiers.  

How Low Did He Go?

The story: Robert Moses ordered engineers to build the Southern State Parkway’s bridges extra-low, to prevent poor people in buses from using the highway. The truth? It’s a little more complex.