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Roberta Brandes Gratz

Award-Winning Journalist, Urban Critic, Lecturer & Author

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Roberta Brandes Gratz Biography

An award-winning journalist and urbanist, Roberta Brandes Gratz has been observing and writing about cities – how they grow, fall apart, recover – for more than 40 years. NYC born and raised, Gratz started her journalism career as a reporter for the New York Post under Dorothy Schiff. She left when Rupert Murdoch bought the paper and went on to write six books on urban change. Her last one, "It’s a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York" draws on her observations, understanding and involvement in the critical issues of the city.

The book before that was: "We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City."

Earlier books were: "The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs;" "The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way;" "Cities Back From the Edge: New Life For Downtown," and "A Frog, A Wooden House, A Stream and A Trail: Ten years of Community Revitalization in Central Europe." She was interviewed on radio stations across the country after each book.

Gratz’s writings have also appeared in the Nation, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review, Common Edge and various online publications. She has brought her in-depth research and expertise to appointments, consultancies, and speaking engagements around the world.

As a reporter at the New York Post, Gratz was given the opportunity to suggest stories worthy of coverage. Instinctively, she chose subjects and issues that needed the spotlight turned on them.

In the early 1970s, women needed corroboration by two witnesses to prove a rape, making proof impossible. Other impediments to conviction existed, along with the societal assumption that women invited the crime. Gratz wrote a six-part award-winning series of articles in The New York Post that brought the issue to the fore for the first time in New York and helped change New York state law.

Gratz did the same for the issue of illegal abortion, also in The New York Post, writing a six-part series on the consequences of illegal abortions and also wrote the cover story on the subject for MS Magazine for the issue of Jan 1973 with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe V Wade decision.

From 2003 to 2011, she served on the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, where, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she helped preserve New York City’s significant buildings and neighborhoods for seven years.

In 2004, Gratz, with author/urbanist Jane Jacobs, founded The Center For the Living City centerforthelivingcity.org to build on Jacobs’ ground-breaking work.

Gratz was a member of the New York Governor’s and Mayor’s Task Force on Planning Manhattan’s West Side Waterfront after the defeat of Westway under Mayor Ed Koch and served on the Sustainability Advisory Board of NYC under Michael Bloomberg.

For more than 20 years, Gratz led the restoration effort of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side that is now a museum. This was the largest landmark restoration in NYC not affiliated with an educational or other non-profit institution.

She is a longtime Trustee and former head of Public Policy of the New York State Preservation League.

She has been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Fannie Mae Foundation, and writing awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Assn, Municipal Art Society, the New York Press Club, the City Club of New York and the Press Club of New Orleans.

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It's a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York

It's a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York

We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City

We're Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City

The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

The Battle for Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs

The Living City

The Living City

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Roberta Brandes Gratz Biography

An award-winning journalist and urbanist, Roberta Brandes Gratz has been observing and writing about cities – how they grow, fall apart, recover – for more than 40 years. NYC born and raised, Gratz started her journalism career as a reporter for the New York Post under Dorothy Schiff. She left when Rupert Murdoch bought the paper and went on to write six books on urban change. Her last one, "It’s a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York" draws on her observations, understanding and involvement in the critical issues of the city.

The book before that was: "We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt Their City."

Earlier books were: "The Battle For Gotham: New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs;" "The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way;" "Cities Back From the Edge: New Life For Downtown," and "A Frog, A Wooden House, A Stream and A Trail: Ten years of Community Revitalization in Central Europe." She was interviewed on radio stations across the country after each book.

Gratz’s writings have also appeared in the Nation, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review, Common Edge and various online publications. She has brought her in-depth research and expertise to appointments, consultancies, and speaking engagements around the world.

As a reporter at the New York Post, Gratz was given the opportunity to suggest stories worthy of coverage. Instinctively, she chose subjects and issues that needed the spotlight turned on them.

In the early 1970s, women needed corroboration by two witnesses to prove a rape, making proof impossible. Other impediments to conviction existed, along with the societal assumption that women invited the crime. Gratz wrote a six-part award-winning series of articles in The New York Post that brought the issue to the fore for the first time in New York and helped change New York state law.

Gratz did the same for the issue of illegal abortion, also in The New York Post, writing a six-part series on the consequences of illegal abortions and also wrote the cover story on the subject for MS Magazine for the issue of Jan 1973 with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe V Wade decision.

From 2003 to 2011, she served on the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, where, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, she helped preserve New York City’s significant buildings and neighborhoods for seven years.

In 2004, Gratz, with author/urbanist Jane Jacobs, founded The Center For the Living City centerforthelivingcity.org to build on Jacobs’ ground-breaking work.

Gratz was a member of the New York Governor’s and Mayor’s Task Force on Planning Manhattan’s West Side Waterfront after the defeat of Westway under Mayor Ed Koch and served on the Sustainability Advisory Board of NYC under Michael Bloomberg.

For more than 20 years, Gratz led the restoration effort of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side that is now a museum. This was the largest landmark restoration in NYC not affiliated with an educational or other non-profit institution.

She is a longtime Trustee and former head of Public Policy of the New York State Preservation League.

She has been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Fannie Mae Foundation, and writing awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Assn, Municipal Art Society, the New York Press Club, the City Club of New York and the Press Club of New Orleans.

Roberta Brandes Gratz Videos

  • It's a Helluva Town: Author Roberta Brandes Gratz in Conversation
    Roberta Brandes Gratz is a noted urbanist and journalist, as well as a longtime Preservation League Trustee. Her newest book, It’s a Helluva Town:...
  • THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY A POST-COVID CITY IS WITH ...
    Feb 24, 2021 ... THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY A POST-COVID CITY IS WITH MICHAEL KIMMELMAN & ROBERTA BRANDES GRATZ. Watch later. Share. Copy link.

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  • How to book Roberta Brandes Gratz?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Roberta Brandes Gratz for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Roberta Brandes Gratz, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Roberta Brandes Gratz or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Roberta Brandes Gratz?

    Booking fees for Roberta Brandes Gratz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Roberta Brandes Gratz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Roberta Brandes Gratz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Roberta Brandes Gratz for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Roberta Brandes Gratz for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Roberta Brandes Gratz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Roberta Brandes Gratz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Roberta Brandes Gratz is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Roberta Brandes Gratz for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Roberta Brandes Gratz generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Heather Booth, Gloria Feldt, Linda Sarsour and Robin Morgan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Roberta Brandes Gratz for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Roberta Brandes Gratz Speaker Videos

  • It's a Helluva Town: Author Roberta Brandes Gratz in Conversation
    Roberta Brandes Gratz is a noted urbanist and journalist, as well as a longtime Preservation League Trustee. Her newest book, It’s a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J. M. Kaplan Fund, and the...
    THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY A POST-COVID CITY IS WITH ...
    Feb 24, 2021 ... THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY A POST-COVID CITY IS WITH MICHAEL KIMMELMAN & ROBERTA BRANDES GRATZ. Watch later. Share. Copy link.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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