The New York Times Book of New York: Stories of the People, the Streets, and the Life of the City Past and Present
James Barron, Mitchel Levitas
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This unique volume uncovers the most fascinating and compelling stories from The New York Times about the city the paper calls home.
More than 200 articles and an abundance of photographs, illustrations, maps, and graphs from the preeminent newspaper in the world take a look at the history and personality of the world's most influential city. Read firsthand accounts of the subway opening in 1904 and the day the Metrocard was introduced; the fall of Tammany Hall and recurring corruption in city politics; the Son of Sam murders; jazz clubs in the 1920s and legendary performances at the Fillmore East; baseball's Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier at Brooklyn's storied Ebbets Field in 1947; the 1977 and 2004 blackouts; the openings and closings of the city's most beloved restaurants; and much more. Not just a historical account, this is a fascinating, sometimes funny, and often moving look at how people in New York live, eat, travel, mourn, fight, love, and celebrate.
Organized by theme, the book includes original writings on all topics related to city life, including art, architecture, transportation, politics, neighborhoods, people, sports, business, food, and more. Includes articles from such well-known Times writers as Meyer Berger, Gay Talese, Anna Quindlen, Israel Shenker, Brooks Atkinson, Frank Rich, Ada Louise Huxtable, John Kieran, Russell Baker, and more. Special contributors who have written about New York for the Times include Paul Auster, Woody Allen, and E.B. White, among others.
the people at the exchange were grand,” she exclaimed. The reaction of one brokerage-house partner was typical. “I couldn’t care less if a woman bought a seat,” he said. “God bless America. I think it’s great.” She arrived on Wall Street in 1954 and went to work for Bache & Co. as a research trainee at $65 a week. In 1958, when she was an analyst at Shields & Co., she received her first commission order from an investment company, as a reward for a research idea. That opened her eyes to the
were taunted by some bystanders in Bensonhurst, Spike Lee talked to young residents of the white community where Yusuf Hawkins was killed. “What you’re talking about is the way people think,” he said. “You cannot change that overnight.” Nor can talk of change be heard over shooting and shouting. Clashes Persist in Crown Heights By JOHN KIFNER | August 22, 1991 BLACK YOUTHS HURLING ROCKS AND BOTTLES scuffled with the police in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn overnight, even as
graffiti is gone, crime is down, service is (mostly) reliable and almost no one carries a cleaver anymore, except maybe a sous-chef on his way to work at a restaurant where you will not be able to get a reservation. The guidelines for a better subway experience no longer speak to the fear of being mugged; they speak to the much more pervasive fear of being annoyed (and they also try to help you avoid annoying others). Here are some things to remember: AVOID EYE CONTACT AT ALL COSTS—This does
Building for 6 hours and 5 minutes, along with the police officer who made the arrest.” Mr. Clarke eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was sentenced to six months in jail and served four months. Citing the mugging and his frequent need to carry large sums of cash, Mr. Goetz applied for a pistol permit later in 1981, but was turned down. The police believe that he went to Florida, where it was not difficult to buy the chrome-plated, .38-caliber revolver used in the subway shootings.
might imagine seven million people run through the wrong end of a telescope so that they suffer a numerical shrinkage in the proportion of 7,000 to 1. This particular ratio is suggested because it will give us the convenient number 1,000 for the total population of our sample New York. In this miniature New York, two policemen patrol the streets, direct traffic and arraign prisoners in court; they are two-thirds of our entire municipal police force, the other man being off duty. Our two