Alice Sparberg Alexiou


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Alice Sparberg Alexiou is the author of the first biography of the great urban thinker Jane Jacobs, (Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary, Rutgers University Press, 2006) and The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose With It (St. Martin’s/​Thomas Dunne, 2010). In 2014, she coproduced a documentary based on The Flatiron for Thirteen/​WNET, a PBS affiliate, for the series “Treasures of New York.” She is also a contributing editor at the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith. Alexiou is a graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, has a Ph.D. in classics, and used to teach Latin. A third-generation New Yorker, she lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, Nicholas Alexiou.

Alexiou is currently writing a book about the Bowery, New York’s weirdest street.

Source: Library of Congress



"Alexiou—a native New Yorker and the granddaughter of a man who for a time owned the Flatiron Building in partnership with Harry Helmsley—has written an engaging and informative account of the building's construction and its lasting place in New York's lore."

              –Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"A necessary look into Jacobs' thought and influence, equally admiring of both the flawed and the fantastic in her writing."

              -Fast Forward  Weekly (Calgary)