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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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Asphalt Gods: An Oral History Of The Rucker Tournament
by Vincent M Mallozzi
Publisher: Doubleday 2003
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Highlighting a little-known piece of New York history, Mallozzi, a sports editor at the New York Times, documents the Harlem basketball institution called the Rucker Tournament. Begun in the 1950s by young, Harlem-born Holcombe Rucker, the tournaments... >
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Automat: The History, Recipes, And Allure Of The Art Deco Masterpieces
by Lorraine B Diehl, Marrianne Hardart
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers 2002
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A coin-operated glass-and-chrome wonder, Horn & Hardart’s Automats revolutionized the way Americans ate when they opened up in Philadelphia and New York in the early twentieth century. In a country where the industrial revolution had just taken hold,... >
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Babe Ruth: Launching The Legend
by Jim Reisler
Publisher: McGraw-Hill 2004
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As America's pasttime was still reeling from the Black Sox scandal of 1919, Red Sox player Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees for $125,000. Who could have known that this business transaction would turn the 1920 season into a magical one and... >
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Bad Guys Won: A Season Of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo-Chasing, And Championship Baseball With Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, The Kid, And The Rest Of The 1986 Mets, The Rowdiest Team To Put On A New York Uniform, And Maybe The Best
by Jeff Pearlman
Publisher: HarperCollins 2004
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Baseball's last great wild bunch--the world champion 1986 Mets--is immortalized in this rollicking story of the arrogant, insane, rock-and-roll, party-all-night team.
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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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Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon And The Making Of New York Culture
by Daniel R Schwarz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2003
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While analyzing Damon Runyon’s work in terms of historical contexts, popular culture, and of the changing function of the media, Schwarz argues that Runyon was an indispensible figure in creating enduring images of New York City culture, which spurred... >
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Cityplay
by Amanda Dargan, Steve Zeitlin
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1990
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A paean to play by a husband-and-wife team of folklorists, this hodgepodge of facts, quotes, scholarship and stories traces New York City frolics from the Triassic period (origin of the brownstone) through the introduction of elevators, electric street... >
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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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Desis In The House: Indian American Youth Culture In New York City
by Sunaina Maira
Publisher: Temple University Press 2002
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New York City, long the destination for immigrants and migrants, today is home to the largest Indian American population in the United States. Coming of age in a city remarkable for its diversity and cultural innovation, Indian American and other South... >
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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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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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The End of Innocence: The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair
by Larry Samuel
Publisher: Syracuse University Press 2007
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From April to October in 1964 and 1965, some 52 million people from around the world flocked to the New York World's Fair, an experience that lives on in the memory of many individuals and in America's collective consciousness. Lawrence R. Samuel offers... >
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Extra Bases Reflections On Jackie Robinson, Race, And Baseball History
by Jules Tygiel
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 2002
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In this collection of articles Tygiel illuminates significant events and issues in the history of baseball. He revisits the Jackie Robinson saga—his turbulent military service in World War II, the story behind his signing, and the evolution of his... >
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A Legend In The Making: The New York Yankees In 1939
by Richard J Tofel
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee 2002
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Here is the story of perhaps the greatest team in baseball history and of one of the game's most remarkable seasons. With Babe Ruth having retired but Lou Gehrig still in his prime, the Yankees in 1939 won their fourth consecutive world series — and... >
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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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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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