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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... be putatively located at Rutgers (later Straus) Square, where Canal and Essex Streets and East Broadway come together. East and south of that point, the Jewish area faded into the Irish slums between Cherry Hill and Corlears Hook, ...
The twenty-odd square miles of the island of Manhattan appeared limitless at the start, and even as the engines of what is called progress pressed on in fits that grew closer and closer together until they became an uninterrupted ...
The front structure measured 25 feet by 50, the rear was 25 feet square, and they were separated by a 25-square-foot court. The front rooms of the front building were the most desirable, since they were guaranteed natural light and air; ...
Two years later, a block bounded by Avenues B and C and Second and Third Streets contained over 3,500, while a smaller one off Houston Street held 3,000, which comes to a density of 1,562 per acre, or a million per square mile.
... assessment once again presses the moral point, and in fact the range of unfortunates was probably a good deal wider. Boardinghouses were the next level of amenity. Many accommodated women, and some even constituted a square deal.
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LOW LIFE: Lures and Snares of Old New YorkComentariu Utilizator - Kirkus
A guided tour through Manhattan's demimonde of the last century, conducted with exquisite relish by East Village journalist Sante (Esquire, The Village Voice, etc.), who speaks with all the authority ... Citiți recenzia completă
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I am a huge fan of historical writing, especially social history. I care about the broader political context that informs most history, but I also really want to know about the little things, too ... Citiți recenzia completă