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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From far up the Hudson, beyond Harlem River, where the young saplings are now growing, that will overarch their lordly mansions with broad boughs, centuries old; they may send forth explorers to penetrate into the obscure and smoky ...
... attributed to the intransigence of Jacob Brevoort, who in the eighteenth century owned the property now occupied by Grace Church.” Uptown, the old Bloomingdale Road, which ran up the west side to King's Bridge on the Harlem River, ...
Then, on June 15, 1904, 1,020 people of the neighborhood, mostly women and children, died in the wreck of the General Slocum, an excursion steamer which caught fire on the East River and broke up near North Brother Island.
Westward, and up and down along the waterfront of the North River (now more generally known as the Hudson, after its upstate continuation), lay slums that were, if anything, even worse than their East Side counterparts.
By World War II, Black Harlem went almost river to river above 125th Street and up past the Polo Grounds. With relative ease, all things considered, the district had changed its face entirely in less than a quarter of a century, ...
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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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