Anthony Maniscalco

Studies of Public Space and the Civic Contests Therein

News & Reviews

It took a while, but here is the new edition of the book I co-authored, New York Politics: A Tale of Two States


I recently published an article about privately-owned public spaces. It appears in a great online journal, Urban Transcripts:


Public Spaces…author, Anthony Maniscalco sits down with activist, representative, and TV host, Ronnie Eldridge.


Public Spaces…author, Anthony Maniscalco interviews with L. Joy Williams and her colleagues on SiriusXM/Podcast, SUNDAY CIVICS.


Public Spaces… author, Anthony Maniscalco appears on a televised town hall panel to discuss the upcoming elections.

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Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution author, Anthony Maniscalco quoted on the topic of “Apple Town Squares,” in Buzzfeed:


Dr. Anthony Maniscalco named to the Advisory Board of the Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center


Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution author, Anthony Maniscalco quoted in AIA Journal, Architect Magazine:


Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution author, Anthony Maniscalco to deliver a keynote address on democracy and public space at Community Summit, November 15, 2016.

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Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution author, Anthony Maniscalco named Research Affiliate at the Public Space Research Group (PSRG)


New Review of Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution by third party expert, J.D. Gillespie:

“Assembly and speech are as foundational to civil society as religion, press, and petition, the other freedoms with which they are codified in the First Amendment.  In this well-executed work, Maniscalco (CUNY) traces the provision and discursive significance of public spaces and the provision of private spaces for public use, from the agora (the marketplace for commerce and the free exchange of ideas in democratic Athens) through the urban commons and public places of Colonial and post-Colonial America, to circumstances and conditions in the US today.  Privatization and, through judicial fiat and architectural design, the exclusion of non-commercial public activity from private spaces have been distinguishing features of the nation’s history for over 150 years.  Suburbanization of life, the rise of shopping malls, and, recently, the move from enclosed malls to open retail centers have all made the situation more acute.  New media technologies notwithstanding, the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy movements attests to the continuing requisite of space for democratic practice.  Maniscalco calls for the recognition of these facts and a transformation of values by judges, scholars, practitioners, and the public with respect to civic spaces.”

— J. D. Gillespie, College of Charleston


Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution now available in paperback at SUNY Press (link below), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers/discount houses:


Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution reviewed by Professor Frances Fox Piven:

“Maniscalco shows us how court decisions restricting speech rights in privately owned shopping malls are depriving us of the ancient functions of the market as a vibrant center of civic life. An original and illuminating book.”

— Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center, The City University of New York


TV Interview on “Eldridge & Co.”

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Anthony Maniscalco appears on “Eldridge & Co.” with former City Councilwoman and activist, Ronnie Eldridge. The two discuss PUBLIC SPACES, MARKETPLACES, AND THE CONSTITUTION, along with Tony’s efforts to inspire young people to civic engagement.


Podcast on Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution

Anthony Maniscalco is interviewed by Professor Heath Brown on his podcast, New Books in Political Science. The two discuss some of the landmark legal decisions traced in Public Spaces, Marketplaces, and the Constitution, along with questions related to the U.S. Supreme Court’s “public forum” doctrine, contemporary shopping malls, and other forms of free speech in unexpected places…


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Interview on “Independent Sources”

Anthony Maniscalco AuthorAnthony Maniscalco appeared on “Independent Sources” with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Garry Pierre-Pierre. The two discussed Maniscalco’s new book, whether social media can serve as platforms for political expression, public law and the New Urbanism, pedestrian plazas in New York City and more…




Citation in Setha Low’s “Public Space and the Public Sphere”

Antipode ManiscalcoManiscalco’s PUBLIC SPACES, MARKETPLACES, AND THE CONSTITUTION recently cited in Antipode by renowned scholar, Setha Low, in her 2015 essay, “Public Space and the Public Sphere: The Legacy of Neil Smith.”

Read Prof. Low’s essay here: