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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Around Tompkins Square Park are flurries of anarchist factions, just as there were in 1887, when the police were engaged in making preemptive arrests in the wake of Chicago's Haymarket Riot. Itinerant banco swindlers still, amazingly, ...
Washington Square was converted from a potter's field to the centerpiece of a fashionable enclave circa 1835; Union and Madison Squares and Gramercy Park were cleared and opened for development within the following decade.
The shantytowns spread through the late nineteenth century to all those dormant spots around and within the unrealized Central Park and well up into Harlem, the last of them not disappearing until the beginning of the present century, ...
Broadway, its course followed that of an Indian trail, one that abutted to the south near the present Chatham Square, and it was linked to the village by two connections, which eventually became Park Row and Pearl Street, respectively.
Some minor details of mercantile disposition aside, neither Fourth Avenue proper nor that part of it renamed Park Avenue South has changed very much in the past ninety years. Third Avenue, however, its “broad-waisted cousin to the east ...
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