The New York Nobody Knows

The New York Nobody Knows

Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

Book - 2013
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"As a kid growing up in Manhattan, William Helmreich played a game with his father they called "Last Stop." They would pick a subway line and ride it to its final destination, and explore the neighborhood there. Decades later, Helmreich teaches university courses about New York, and his love for exploring the city is as strong as ever. Putting his feet to the test, he decided that the only way to truly understand New York was to walk virtually every block of all five boroughs--an astonishing 6,000 miles. His epic journey lasted four years and took him to every corner of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Helmreich spoke with hundreds of New Yorkers from every part of the globe and from every walk of life, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former mayors Rudolph Giuliani, David Dinkins, and Edward Koch. Their stories and his are the subject of this captivating and highly original book. We meet the Guyanese immigrant who grows beautiful flowers outside his modest Queens residence in order to always remember the homeland he left behind, the Brooklyn-raised grandchild of Italian immigrants who illuminates a window of his brownstone with the family's old neon grocery-store sign, and many, many others. Helmreich draws on firsthand insights to examine essential aspects of urban social life such as ethnicity, gentrification, and the use of space. He finds that to be a New Yorker is to struggle to understand the place and to make a life that is as highly local as it is dynamically cosmopolitan."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780691169705
Branch Call Number: 306.0974 HELMREIC
Characteristics: xv, 449 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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alexm1122 Aug 28, 2016

What a bunch of crap; the book has nothing to do at all with walking all city streets. The book is the authors view of NYC and a very general one. There is no specificity of the city or any particular area, neighborhood, or group. A total waste of good paper. The author should be ashamed. And you should not waste your time.


The author really did walk all over the city and has written a fascinating book about its various neighborhoods. I plan to buy this book for my personal library.


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Oct 25, 2014

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The author really did walk all over NYC and provides much information about little known parts. I will buy this book for my personal library.


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