Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 8 mar. 2016 - 464 pagini
Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.
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Although the great Croton Reservoir was built at Fifth Avenue and Forty-second Street in 1842, and the short-lived Crystal Palace behind it in 1853, the surrounding area was far from settled even by the time of the Civil War.
The chronicle of its paving roughly follows the progression of Manhattan's urbanization: up to Duane Street by 1818, to Canal Street by 1830, to Astor Place by 1837, and gradually up to Fiftyninth by the time of the Civil War.
The theatrical nexus—or one of them, at least—began inching along Broadway after the Revolution, had reached the area around Spring Street just before the Civil War, and thereafter clocked in at each of the squares, one after the other, ...
That these uprisings represented mass opposition variously to aristocratic reformers, to English actors, and to enforced conscription in the Civil War is a partial and misleading truth. The Republic of the Bowery was a powder keg of ...
... but later became a heterogeneous slum, famously bohemianized and subsequently gentrified just before and after World War I. Sixth Avenue northeast of the Village acquired a reputation not long after the Civil War as a competitor to ...
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There were a handful of interesting parts, but a lot of it turned into a laundry list of names. Once I decided to start skipping over parts that went too far down into details I started enjoying it a little more. Citește recenzia completă
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It took me much longer than it should have to finish this book, because I was constantly putting it down to look up people on Wikipedia or to track down referenced books on Project Gutenberg or ... Citește recenzia completă