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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... challenged only insignificantly, before it is finally hemmed in by the uptown cliffs, and numeration is defeated at the bottleneck of Fort George Hill, near 194th Street. All cities begin as a point of activity, usually a harbor, ...
Uptown, there were farms, some of them large and prosperous; small settlements at Bloomingdale, Yorkville, Manhattanville, Carmanville; and shantytowns. These were slap-up encampments (the Bohemia of the Poor, someone called them) ...
... the last of them not disappearing until the beginning of the present century, when they melded into the slums of Battle Row and San Juan Hill. Collectively, the uptown squatting areas were called the Goats by outsiders, ...
... where it swerves left for reasons that remain obscure but are popularly attributed to the intransigence of Jacob Brevoort, who in the eighteenth century owned the property now occupied by Grace Church.” Uptown, the old Bloomingdale ...
... in the cataclysmic riots of 1901, when battles ranged throughout the blocks between Twenty-fifth and Thirty-seventh Streets west of Eighth Avenue, which contributed mightily to the black migration farther uptown a few years later.
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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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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 ... Citește recenzia completă