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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Canal Street was the city's northern limit through the 1820s, but by that time village clusters had sprung up at Greenwich and Chelsea, while isolated farms sparsely dotted the landscape well up toward the northern end.
Between the former St. John's Park at Varick and Laight Streets and lower Greenwich Village lay an ancient slum inhabited by native-born Anglo-Saxons until the area was razed after a public outcry in the early twentieth century.
It was first inhabited by the Irish spilling over from Cherry Hill, and not long after, they were joined by blacks who had lost the battle—fought out with razors—over southern Greenwich Village to the Italians.
... patches of industrialization here and there and some old streets of Greenwich Village. Inland and on the upper west lay the more prosperous areas where the single-family brownstone and the French flat, or apartment house, prevailed.
This was a warren of nearly five hundred tenement buildings between Greenwich Village and Canal Street, an assemblage of ancient frame dwellings that collectively resembled a shantytown built from rubbish. Their inhabitants were mostly ...
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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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