Constance Rosenblum was the longtime editor of the City section of The New York Times, a Sunday section that used the techniques of narrative nonfiction to explore issues affecting New York City and the texture of life in the five boroughs. From 1990 to 1997, she was editor of the paper’s Arts and Leisure section, and previous to that she was deputy Arts and Leisure editor. She currently writes the Habitats column in the paper’s Sunday Real Estate section.
Prior to joining The Times, she was culture editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and a reporter and editor at The New York Daily News. She has taught courses in cultural and urban affairs reporting at Columbia Journalism School and worked as a writer for the New York City Planning Commission, where she helped draft the city’s first master plan.
She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, “Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life and Times of Peggy Hopkins Joyce,” a biography of a Jazz Age celebrity, published in 2000 by Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt. She is also the editor of “New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times,” published in 2005 by NYU Press.
She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn.