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. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent, often murderous story of the city's slums; the teeming streets--scene of innumerable cons and crimes whose cramped and overcrowded housing is still a prominent feature of the cityscape.
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In its prime, the tenement was to Manhattan as the tree is to the forest, the basic
and irreducible unit of measure. ... Such a thing is difficult to imagine now that
tenements are confined to stray clumps along the avenues, or gathered into
Before the late tenement phase lay decades' worth of unbelievable rookeries.
What all sorts of tenements have in common is the principle of containing the
greatest number of people in the least amount of space. The basic unit of
The first reliable survey of tenements, that of 1864, reveals the presence of more
than 15,000 such houses in Manhattan. There were more than 18,000 in 1867;
more than 20,000 by 1872. The typical tenement of the mid-nineteenth century ...
A survey cited by Jacob Riis in the 1890s distinguished between the respective
dangers of single tenements and double-deckers: the mortality rate for the First
Ward, for example, was 29.08 per thousand in the former case and 61.97 per ...
They were characteristic of the way life stretched, by necessity, out of the interiors
of tenement apartments as far as possible into ... They could act as an alternative
sidewalk, too, on streets dominated by rows of identically scaled tenements.
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