Mole People: Life in the Tunnels beneath New York City

Mole People: Life in the Tunnels beneath New York City

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by Jennifer Toth, Chris Pape
     
 

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ISBN-10: 155652241X

ISBN-13: 9781556522413

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about

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Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the “topside” world they’ve left behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556522413
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
524,794
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Author's Note,
Introduction,
1 Finding a Home,
2 Seville's Story,
3 Mac's War,
4 The Underground Population,
5 Underground Spaces,
6 The Bowery,
7 Living with the Law,
8 Hell's Kitchen,
9 Children,
10 Roots,
11 Bernard's Tunnel,
12 Tunnel Art,
13 Graffiti,
14 Runaways,
15 Tunnel Outreach,
16 Dark Angel,
17 The Underground in History, Literature, and Culture,
18 Wanderers,
19 Harlem Gang,
20 J.C.'s Community,
21 "City of Friends",
22 Women,
23 Jamall's Story,
24 Blade's Piece,
Epilogue,
Acknowledgments,
Bibliography,
Index,

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Mole People: Life in the Tunnels beneath New York City 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author/journalist takes one on a tour under one of the richest cities in the world, New York City (Manhattan), to see the lifestyle of thousands of the most impoverished types (mainly US citizens) from all walks of life whose lifespan in that domain is often less than six years. Within the tunnels are deeper and deeper levels, and those that live in the deepest sections have lost the vocal ability to even communicate except in grunts or so as the author states. Some of these underground dwellers are artists, some with advanced, fancy accredited USA university degrees that once held nice jobs, others are divorcees, families without jobs, and so on. Many of these dwellers state they were marginalized by society and did not choose that way of life but were pushed into it, and that lack of jobs and affordable housing, as well as every day NYC stress, made it more possible and easier for them to live in the tunnels. The more they live in those conditions, the less they are inclined to find better opportunities the book suggests, as they more easily rapidly adapt to their substandard living conditions in order to survive those immediate horrible conditions (but die early anyway) than try to make better for themselves and get out in the sun and live as humans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard many whispers of these subterranean dwellers on several occasions and I am sure this book chronicles only a portion of the thousands who surely seek a "home" below ground. It does well to highlight the relative sophistication of these people, all things considered, and certainly their resourcefulness in utilizing things most of us have long since abandoned use of. The people are, on the whole, jarringly human, however, and the communities they fashion are like hyperbolized versions of many 'upstairs' - their problems merely magnified by the fact that they live in such a bluntly Darwinian environment. The writing itself is not terribly compelling and the book often reads much like a report or case study, which in effect is what I expected. As the book wears on however, Toth's doe-eyed lack of perspective grows evermore annoying, and despite her efforts to hide it, it eventually becomes glaringly evident that this book is written by a well-to-do, white, Ivy League college-educated woman with little perspective on the real world. Her idealistic views on these people and their problems/lives are maddening at times and it unfortunately ends up tainting a rather interesting book on a compelling, fascinating subject. By the end I felt myslef siding with Blade!! Borrow it - don't buy it.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
A dark and curious book. I spent many hours reflecting on what life would be like underground. For those of you who had your interest peaked due to this book, try watching the movie "Dark Days", a documentary about an abandoned NYC railroad tunnel.
kpet More than 1 year ago
Mole People is a look at the unknown world of the homeless. The trials of all concerned, both officials and the homeless themselves. This book is the Sacramento Library book for August, and will undoubtably cause a great discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, people. Google this author and this work and you will find the facts to be unverified and highly dramatized. There is an element of truth in the premise, but this is non-fiction only in the same sense "A Million Little Pieces" is..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You knew there was something under the streets of NYC, however, none could have imagined the depth "The Mole People" discloses. A city under the city, under the city, and perhaps another level below this is a facinating look at some of the greatest survivors of modern day. The people with whom you come in contact are just as intresting and alive as those who walk the streets, live in the apartments, work in the office buidlings,ride the rails and travel the busy streets above ground in NYC each day. This book takes us on a fascinating journey thru a world most of us would be fearful of visiting. I am so happy I made the trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enthralling...are the stories of the mole people. Fascinating...are the relationship dynamics between mole people and their communities. Thrilling...how the author dared enter the mole people's domain. Captivating...I felt like I met everyone of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this book after visiting California a few weeks ago. This girl stated to me that she thought all homeless people in New York live underground. I was wondering why she would say such a thing. Then i read this book. It is very well written and gives the reader a better understanding of what the homeless population has to indure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you pick this book up, there is no putting it down, be prepared for what is on the insides of the cover, It will give you a whole new outlook about what it is to be homeless, or to have sudden changes happen in your life for the worse, Meet the people and hear there stories about what it's like to live UNDERGROUND, I highly recommend this book for any curious readers out there to get a taste of something real and hardcore..............
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I , by chance read this book back in 94, and could not believe that this was posible. It struck a cord in my heart with a deep sense of sorrow and disbelief. Read this book it will move you to tears , if not , at least it will instill a feeling of regained humanity and a need to help others in need...R. Cruz
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