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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The speed of this growth—its rising temperature—is best conveyed by a well-known fact: when the present City Hall was built, between 1803 and 1812, its front and sides were made of marble, but its rear was thought to be so far north ...
... leaving no room for a front yard. An 1861 engraving of Second Avenue and Forty-second Street shows such rowless row houses sprinkled along one side of the avenue, while across the way ramshackle frame houses are perched on eroding ...
“Cowboys” had the job of riding on horseback in front of the engine, announcing its presence as it plowed from Spuyten Duyvil down to Laight Street. The northern end was converted to a system of viaducts in the 1920s, and the southern ...
The typical tenement of the mid-nineteenth century consisted of two buildings, front and rear, and was popularly known as the doubledecker. The front structure measured 25 feet by 50, the rear was 25 feet square, and they were separated ...
At the same period a three-room tenement apartment might run nearly $20 a month if situated in the front of the building; three dark rooms in the rear would still cost in excess of $10. Riis cites further examples: a windowless ...
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