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All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene In The 1960s
by Daniel Kane
Publisher: University of California Press 2003
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Kane's volume is the first to tackle the period in New York's downtown literary history most closely tied to the group of poets known as the "Second Generation New York School," including Bernadette Mayer, Ted Berrigan, Ann Waldman, Ron Padgett and Lewis... >
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Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
by John F. Kasson
Publisher: Hill & Wang 1978
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Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. "Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an... >
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Around Washington Square: An Illustrated History Of Greenwich Village
by Luther S Harris
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2003
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Describing Washington Square, Henry James wrote that it was as if the wine of life had been poured for you, in advance, into some pleasant old punch bowl. Created in 1826 through the visionary efforts of philanthropist and New York City mayor Philip... >
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Back Then: Two Lives In 1950's New York
by Anne Bernays, Justin Kaplan
Publisher: Morrow 2002
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Written in two separate voices, here is Anne Bernays's and Justin Kaplan's double memoir: a candid, anecdotal account of two children of privilege, one from New York's East Side, the other from the West Side, who came of age in the transformative 1950s.... >
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Book Row: An Anecdotal And Pictorial History Of The Antiquarian Book Trade
by Marvin Mondlin, Roy Meador, Madeleine B Stern
Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West 2004
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The city has eight million stories, and this one unfolds just south of 14th Street in Manhattan, mostly on the seven blocks of Fourth Avenue bracketed by Union Square and Astor Place. There, for nearly eight decades, from the 1890s to the 1960s, thrived... >
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Braving The Waves: Rockaway Rises-- And Rises Again
by Kevin Boyle
Publisher: Rising Star Press 2002
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The true story of the community of Rockaway Beach, New York. Hit hard not only by the events of September 11 but also by a horrific passenger jet plane crash just two months later. Tragic and uplifting coincidence, heroism past and present, and an ending... >
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The Bronx
by Evelyn Gonzalez
Publisher: Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc 2004
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Home to the New York Yankees, the Bronx Zoo, and the Grand Concourse, the Bronx was at one time a haven for upwardly mobile second-generation immigrants eager to leave the crowded tenements of Manhattan in pursuit of the American dream. Once hailed as a... >
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The Bronx Then & Now
by Stephen M Samtur
Publisher: Back In THE BRONX 2002
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With more than 300 pictures, you can visit the old neighborhoods, candy stores, apartment buildings, department stores, schools, and 50 photos of movie theaters - the way they were then and the way they are now after years of changing. See what once was... >
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Brooklyn Steel-Blood Tenacity
by Frank J. Trezza
Publisher: Publish America 2007
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This book will take the reader into the world of shipbuilding where the working Poor of Brooklyn built Super Tankers in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard against all odds. This in itself might be interesting but the real story lies in the daily struggle of the... >
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Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, And The Changing Face Of The Ghetto
by Wendell E Pritchett
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2002
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Brownsville, Brooklyn traces the history of Brownsville, a section of Brooklyn, from its origins as a white, predominately Jewish, working-class neighborhood through its transformation in the 1960s into a black and Latino ghetto, a stigmatized... >
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Chronicles
by Bob Dylan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster -2004
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"I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else." So writes Bob Dylan in Chronicles: Volume One, his remarkable book exploring... >
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Coney Island: Lost and Found
by Charles Denson
Publisher: Ten Speed Press 2002
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Growing up on Coney Island in the ’50s and ’60s, Charles Denson experienced legendary amusements and attractions like the Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, the Parachute Jump, and Steeplechase Park. In CONEY ISLAND: LOST AND FOUND, Denson... >
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Coney Island: The People's Playground
by Michael Immerso
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2002
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This is the first new history of Coney Island in half a century, tracing its evolution and cultural impact as an amusement center from its earliest development as a seaside resort to the present day Mermaid Parade. Over 100 photos.
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Cooperative Village
by Frances Madeson
Publisher: Carol MRP Co. 2007
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Called “anarchically funny” and “a blast of light in a dark time,” Cooperative Village is a ferociously comic novel which tells the tale of an ordinary New Yorker who becomes bound for “enemy combatant status”—and possible deportation to... >
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Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity
by Peter J. Wosh
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2005
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Traces the history of this social service organization, wich has provided shelter and care for homeless youth in New York City from its founding on the Lower East Side in 1968 as a modest ministry of availability to the poor, through its growth to a $90... >
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Crossing The Blvd: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens In A New America
by Warren Lehrer, Judith Sloan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co 2003
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A kaleidoscopic view of new immigrants and refugees living in Queens, New York ? the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. For three years, Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan traveled the world by trekking the streets of their home borough.... >
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Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W
by Gabriel Brownstein
Publisher: Norton 2002
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Nine Salingeresque stories about New Yorkers and their marvelous eccentricities. This brilliantly inventive first collection captures the disparate lives of the residents of Manhattan's West 89th Street. Five stories are set in one apartment building,... >
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De Kooning: An American Master
by Mark Stevens, Willem De Kooning, Annalyn Swan
Publisher: A.A. Knopf 2004
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Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, a true "painter's painter" whose protean work continues to inspire many artists. In the thirties and forties, along with Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock, he became a key... >
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The Devil's Playground: A Century Of Pleasure And Profit In Times Square
by James Traub
Publisher: Random House 2004
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As Times Square turns 100, New York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world. The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American... >
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Diamond Stories: Enduring Change On 47th Street
by Ren?e Rose Shield
Publisher: Cornell University Press 2002
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Sequestered within the heart of a cosmopolitan city is an exotic world—a place where diamonds, astronomically priced, are bought and sold on the strength of a handshake, and business disputes are resolved according to ancient Jewish principles of... >
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Down These Mean Streets
by Piri Thomas
Publisher: Vintage Books USA 1997
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Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was the testament of a born outsider: a Puerto Rican in English-speaking America; a dark-skinned morenito... >
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Duke Of Flatbush
by Duke Snider
Publisher: Citadel Press 2002
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One of the "Boys of Summer," Snider joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the same year as Jackie Robinson, relocated with the team to Los Angeles, then played with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants in the twilight of his career. With coauthor Gilbert, a... >
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Flatbush Odyssey: A Journey Through The Heart Of Brooklyn
by Allen Abel
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd 2002
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At the age of 43, writer Allen Abel decided to move home to Brooklyn, stay with his mother (in the same apartment in which he grew up), and explore and write about the borough of his birth. For several months he wandered along Flatbush Avenue, the... >
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From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship
by David W. Dunlap
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2004
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From modest chapels to majestic cathedrals, and historic synagogues to modern mosques and Buddhist temples: this photo-filled, pocket-size guidebook presents 1,079 houses of worship in Manhattan and lays to rest the common perception that skyscrapers,... >
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Ghosts Of 42nd Street: A History Of America's Most Infamous Block
by Anthony Bianco
Publisher: William Morrow 2004
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Anthony Bianco's Ghosts of 42nd Street is the dramatic and definitive story of this legendary strip, told through the people involved in its founding and its current renaissance — from the bosses of the world's top media companies to premier property... >
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Harlem Reader: A Celebration Of New York's Most Famous Neighborhood, From The Renaissance Years To The Twenty-First Century
by Herb Boyd
Publisher: Three Rivers Press 2003
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Creating a stunning mosaic of Harlem, award-winning editor Boyd has collected stories, poems, rap, personal memories, and narratives, in the unforgettable voices of Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Ann Petry, Chester Himes, Ruby Dee, Willie... >
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Harlem, Lost And Found: An Architectural And Social History, 1765-1915
by Michael Henry Adams, Paul Rocheleau
Publisher: Monacelli Press 2002
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Harlem, Lost and Found presents an architectural and social history of Harlem. The text starts in the early days--the establishment of the first European farms in the mid-1660s--and continues through the Harlem Renaissance, where artists, writers, and... >
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Hispanas De Queens: Latino Panethnicity In A New York City Neighborhood
by Milagros Ricourt, Ruby Danta
Publisher: Cornell University Press 2003
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What happens when persons of several Latin American national groups reside in the same neighborhood? Milagros Ricourt and Ruby Danta consider the stories of women of different nationalities-Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Puerto Rican,... >
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A House On The Heights
by Truman Capote
Publisher: Little Bookroom 2002
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The tranquil life Truman Capote led in the quiet enclave of Brooklyn Heights in the 1950s and 1960s stood in sharp contrast to the glittering scene he adored in Manhattan. Intimate and wry, A House on the Heights vividly evokes the neighborhood that... >
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How East New York Became A Ghetto
by Walter Thabit
Publisher: New York University Press 2003
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In response to the riots of the mid-'60s, Walter Thabit was hired to work with the community of East New York to develop a plan for low- and moderate-income public housing. In the years that followed, he experienced first-hand the forces that had... >
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Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
by Elizabeth Ewen
Publisher: Monthly Review Press 1985
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At the turn of the century, millions of European women set sail with their families with the United States. Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars tells the story of the Jewish and Italian women who came to inhabit New York's Lower East Side during this... >
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It Happened On Washington Square
by Emily Kies Folpe
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2002
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The heart of New York City's Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park has been a vital public space for nearly two centuries. Lined by elegant townhouses, anchored by Stanford White's iconic Washington Arch, and used by students and professionals, dog... >
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Last Good Season: Brooklyn, The Dodgers, And Their Final Pennant Race Together
by Michael Shapiro
Publisher: Doubleday 2003
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In the bestselling tradition of "The Boys of Summer and "Wait 'Til Next Year, "The Last Good Season is the poignant and dramatic story of the Brooklyn Dodgers' last pennant and the forces that led to their heartbreaking departure to Los Angeles. The... >
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Life on the Lower East Side: Photographs by Rebecca Lepkoff, 1937-1950
by Rebecca Lepkoff, Suzanne Wasserman, Peter Dans
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press 2006
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A young Rebecca Lepkoff, camera in hand, navigated the streets of the Lower East Side of New York in the 1930s and 1940s, before the Alfred E. Smith housing project largely demolished and forever changed its character. She captured the lives and times of... >
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Little Italy
by Emelise Aleandri
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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Often separated from other immigrants because of their language, Italian immigrants to New York City in the 1880s formed communities apart from their new neighbors. They tended to think of themselves collectively as a small Italian colony, La Colonia,... >
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Lost Prophet: The Life And Times Of Bayard Rustin
by John D'Emilio
Publisher: Free Press 2003
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Bayard Rustin is one of the most important figures in the history of the American civil rights movement. Before Martin Luther King, before Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin was working to bring the cause to the forefront of America's consciousness. A teacher to... >
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The Lower Manhattan Plan: The 1966 Vision For Downtown New York
by Carol Willis, Ann L Buttenwieser, Paul Willen, James S Rossant
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press: The Skyscraper Museum 2002
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In the mid-1960s, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner assembled a team of the best and brightest urban designers and architects to decide the future of downtown Manhattan. After six months of drawing and discussion, they produced The Lower Manhattan Plan,... >
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Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks
by Miriam Berman
Publisher: Diane Pub Co 2004
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Through the decades, Madison Square has managed to remain one of the most vital places in the heart of New York City. It’s current visual profile of the Flatiron Building, Met Life Tower and New York Life’s golden pyramid sets the stage for a look at... >
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Manhattanville: Old Heart Of West Harlem
by Eric K Washington
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
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During the 1800s, Manhattanville flourished as the West Side counterpart to its parent village of Harlem. The wide valley around present-day Broadway and 125th Street formed a unique gateway to the Hudson River between Morningside Heights and Washington... >
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Maritime Mile: The Story of the Greenwich Village Waterfront
by Stuart Waldman, Zack Winestine
Publisher: Mikaya Press 2002
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A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens
by Susan L. Klaus
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press 2001
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An illustrated history of one of America's most notable experiments in urban design, built in the early twentieth century.
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On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square
by Marshall Berman
Publisher: Random House 2006
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Described as a continuous carnival and the crossroads of the world, Times Square is a singular phenomenon: the spot where imagination and veracity intersect. To esteemed scholar and author Marshall Berman, it is also the flashing, teeming, and strangely... >
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On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in NYC
by Janet Braun-Reinitz and Jane Weissman
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2009
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Energizing the visual landscape since 1968, New York City's community murals beautify, educate, protest, celebrate, and often motivate residents to action. Collaborations between artists and neighborhood groups, these painted walls reflect the social,... >
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Organizing Crime In Chinatown: Race And Racketeering In New York City, 1890-1910
by Jeffrey Scott McIllwain
Publisher: McFarland & Co., Publishers 2004
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Stressing that Chinese-American criminality must be understood in terms of the nature of the activity rather than in the nature of the group in question, McIllwain (criminal justice and criminology, San Diego State U.) reviews the involvement of Chinese... >
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The Progressive Housewife: Community Activism In Suburban Queens, 1945-1965
by Sylvie Murray
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2003
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Fictional characters, such as June Cleaver, and criticism of suburban domestic passivity, notably Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, have profoundly shaped our popular and intellectual view of the immediate postwar decade. It is this image of... >
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Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival And American Society, 1940-1970
by Ronald D Cohen
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press 2003
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For a brief period from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, folk music captured a mass audience in the United States, as college students and others swarmed to concerts by the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. In this comprehensive... >
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Ralph Ellison: Emergence Of Genius
by Lawrence Patrick Jackson
Publisher: Wiley 2002
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Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) earned his place in the canon of African-American literature in a single act, the publication of Invisible Man (1952). His only completed novel, its controlled fury and modernist polish were thought by many to represent both the... >
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Ramblin' Man: The Life And Times Of Woody Guthrie
by Ed Cray
Publisher: W.W. Norton 2004
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To recall the Depression era is to hear Woody's songs: he was the greatest folk musician of the twentieth century. BORN IN OKLAHOMA, Woody Guthrie became a figure larger than life, a folk singer who captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs:... >
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Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, And Coming Of Age In The Bronx
by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Publisher: Scribner 2002
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Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the... >
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Rats: Observations On The History And Habitat Of The City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
by Robert Sullivan
Publisher: Bloomsbury 2003
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Thoreau went to Walden Pond to live simply in the wild and contemplate his own place in the world by observing nature. Robert Sullivan went to a disused, garbage-filled little alley in lower Manhattan to contemplate the city and its lesser-known... >
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Ready For Revolution: The Life And Struggles Of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
by Stokely Carmichael, Michael Thelwell
Publisher: Scribner 2003
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Head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. Honorary prime minister of the Black Panther Party. Bestselling author. Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) is an American legend, one whose work as a civil rights leader fundamentally altered the... >
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Reconstructing Times Square: Politics and Culture in Urban Development
by Alexander J. Reichl
Publisher: University Press of Kansas 1999
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This book describes and analyzes the forces behind the recent redevelopment of Times Square from a perspective that highlights the importance of cultural politics and political discourse.
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Sea Gate Rememberd: New York City's First Gated Community
by Arnold Rosen
Publisher: Xlibris February, 2004
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Sea Gate Remembered chronicles growing up in the 1930s and '40s in a Brooklyn seaside community. Arnold Rosen acquaints readers with the rich diverse history and lore of this famously picturesque locale. From Henry Hudson's exploration of the area's... >
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Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy Of The Steamboat General Slocum
by Edward T O'Donnell
Publisher: Broadway Books 2003
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There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered since the steamship was only chartered for a languid excursion from Manhattan to Long Island... >
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Soho: The Rise And Fall Of An Artists' Colony: A Critical Memoir
by Richard Kostelanetz
Publisher: Routledge 2003
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The Rise and Fall of Artist's Soho documents how a little-known industrial neighborhood in New York unintentionally became--for a brief period--a nexus of creative activity. Part personal memoir, part cultural history, the book examines how a group of... >
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South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall, And Resurrection Of An American City
by Jill Jonnes, Jill Jonnes
Publisher: Fordham University Press 2002
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Jill Jonness recounting of the rise, fall, and resurrection of the Bronx has become a classic of urban history. In this new edition, she describes in a new final chapter the extraordinary and monumental rebuilding of the borough by the grass-roots groups... >
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South Street
by Barbara Mensch; Introduction by Phillip Lopate
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2007
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South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's evocative tribute to the lost world of Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. For more than a century, a colorful, tightly knit community of fishmongers, many of them recent immigrants and children of immigrants,... >
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Stand, Columbia: A History Of Columbia University In The City Of New York, 1754-2004
by Robert A McCaughey
Publisher: Columbia University Press 2003
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Marking Columbia Universitys 250th anniversary, this is the definitive history of one of Americas oldest and most redoubtable urban institutions in the countrys largest, most culturally diverse city. This comprehensive history of Columbia University... >
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The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, And The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis
by Jerald E Podair
Publisher: Yale University Press 2002
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On May 9, 1968, junior high school teacher Fred Nauman received a letter that would change the history of New York City. It informed him that he had been fired from his job. Eighteen other educators in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville area of Brooklyn received... >
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Tilting At Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, And The Corporate Squeeze
by Lis Harris
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 2003
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It is New York City in 1992. Unaware of the heartbreak he will encounter, the veteran environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz proposes developing a major recycled-paper mill in the city. He's tired of being outgunned too often by industry lobbyists in... >
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Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
by Phillip Lopate
Publisher: Crown Publishers 2004
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Fusing history, lore, politics, culture, and on-site adventures, esteemed essayist and author Phillip Lopate takes us on an exuberant, affectionate, and eye-opening excursion around Manhattan’s shoreline. Waterfront captures the ever-changing character... >
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When Brooklyn was the world
by Wilensky, Elliot
Publisher: Harmony 1986
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Around the corner. The next block. Across the At the end of the line. Borough Park. Gowanus. Flatbush. Canarsie. Ridgewood. Greenpoint. Brownsville. Bay Ridge. Bensonhurst. City Line. What was the place called Brooklyn really like back then... when... >
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