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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... even now, on certain empty streets where the buildings are the same ones that were once chockablock with blind tigers and stuss houses and bagnios.
Farsighted individuals were buying single or multiple lots here and there and erecting houses like slices of cake, windowless on the sides and covering the ...
... between Vesey and Murray Streets in the mid-1700s; the first numbered houses, starting in 1793; gas lighting in 1825; electric arc lights in 1882.
The Chinese turf, a little to the west, began with a few houses on Mott and Pell Streets in the 1870s and over the years spread in four directions, ...
tenement cellars or in elegantly decorated town houses reserved exclusively for that pursuit; and, of course, every sort of swindle, blackmail, con job, ...
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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. Citiți 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 ... Citiți recenzia completă