Rooted in the Hood

An Intimate Portrait of New York City’s Community Gardens


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SpecificationsISBN: 978-1-943532-76-6 Size: 7″ x 7″ Square Binding: Hard Bound Pages: 300pp Publication Date: Spring 2020 World Rights: Available

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Rooted in the Hood is a photo essay celebrating the community gardens of New York City and the people who create, cultivate, and enjoy them. The late ’60s and ’70s witnessed the devastation of New York City, with many buildings in low-income areas left unattended, burned, and reduced to rubble. Drug dealers, gangs, and junkies soon moved in making those neighborhoods unsafe to live. This is a book about ordinary people, dreamers, and visionaries rising against these unsafe conditions by clearing empty lots, planting trees and vegetables, and slowly creating small havens for the community. By drawing attention to these local gardens, the book wishes to provide awareness of the importance of green spaces, not only in our great New York City, but across the country and around the world. There is an urgent need to protect these unique enclaves from further development.

Anna Angelidakis (book design, photography, author)
Anna is a B.F.A graduate in Graphic Design Communications from the School of Visual Arts. She has worked as an Art Director for companies such as Condé Nast, Bonnier, Hodes Advertising, NetJets, and King & Spalding LLP. Anna has received numerous designs awards and accolades of excellence in her field. Her passion remains combining words and photography into a unified experience.

Copy editor – Cullen Thomas
Cullen is a curious author and editor. His diverse work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking) and he positively loves a good garden.

Map Illustrator – Donald Murphy
Donald is an award-winning artist and graphic designer whose work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, The New York Public Library, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. His passion for both travel and graphics finds expression in his love of maps, and he was thrilled to have been asked to create the maps for this book.

Photo retouching – TJ Gemignani
TJ holds a B.F.A in Communication and Design from Pratt Institute. An early enthusiast of computer animation, TJ was an Art Director at Spectacolor Inc., the first computer animated billboard in Times Square, NYC. As a Vice President of Production at NW Ayer, he was instrumental in the ad agency’s transformation into the digital age. He was responsible for a range of accounts including AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and KitchenAid.




7" x 7" Square


Hard Bound



Publication date

Spring 2020

World rights