New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times / Edition 1

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"There are eight million stories in the Naked City." This famous line from the 1948 film The Naked City has become an emblem of New York City itself. One publication cultivating many of New York City's greatest stories is the City section in The New York Times. Each Sunday, this section of The New York Times, distributed only in papers in the five boroughs, captivates readers with tales of people and places that make the city unique.

Featuring a cast of stellar writers—Phillip Lopate, Vivian Gornick, Thomas Beller and Laura Shaine Cunningham, among others—New York Stories brings some of the best essays from the City section to readers around the country. New Yorkers can learn something new about their city, while other readers will enjoy the flavor of the Big Apple. New York Stories profiles people like sixteen-year-old Barbara Ott, who surfs the waters off Rockaway in Queens, and Sonny Payne, the beloved panhandler of the F train. Other essays explore memorable places in the city, from the Greenwich Village townhouse blown up by radical activists in the 1970s to a basketball court that serves as the heart of its Downtown neighborhood.

The forty essays collected in New York Stories reflect an intimate understanding of the city, one that goes beyond the headlines. The result is a passionate, well-written portrait of a legendary and ever-evolving place.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The City section of the Sunday edition of the New York Times features vivid accounts of life, past and present, in the five boroughs. Rosenblum, who edits the City section, has collected 40 representative pieces that showcase the ups and downs of life in a metropolis that still exerts a gravitational pull on those seeking their fortune. Many of the essays are by well-known authors, such as Jan Morris, Phillip Lopate and Vivian Gornick, but others, equally winning, are by emerging writers. All of the pieces are engrossing and share a painstaking attention to craft. Mel Gussow dramatically evokes the day in 1970 when the Greenwich Village townhouse next door to him, occupied by members of the radical Weather Underground, was blown apart in an accidental detonation in their basement bomb factory. On a lighter note, Tara Bahrampour recounts the paradigmatic New York experience: searching for an affordable apartment. Field Maloney and Jill Eisenstadt each relate the glory days of Queens's Rockaway Beach as a summer resort, its sad decline and enduring allure. This is both an excellent addition to New York history and a pleasure for casual browsing. B&w photos. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In 1993, the New York Times introduced a weekend section-the City Section-devoted to life in the five boroughs of New York. Because it is distributed only in papers in New York City, most of the essays in this collection will be new to readers outside the area. Organized in broad categories such as "New Yorkers," "A Sense of Place," "Moods and Mores," and "City Lore," the topics of this compilation range from the humorous, such as the reluctance of New Yorkers to acknowledge the bizarre behavior happening around them, to the poignant, as in the essay about the vulnerability one writer feels after being burglarized. Given the subject matter, it should come as no surprise that the pieces evoke a powerful sense of place. Coming as this does from the pages of the New York Times, it is also no surprise that the material is of high literary caliber. Recommended for medium to large public libraries; academic libraries with journalism or New York City collections may also wish to consider.-Rita Simmons, Sterling Heights P.L., MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
“A reminder that there are stories still untold in New York, and writers hard at work to find them for us.”
-The New York Times Book Review

“You don't have to have a particular interest in the Big Apple to pick up this book. These are stories of human life in all its quirky richness. . . . New York Stories is a series of love letters to a city that, for all its problems and peculiarities, beckons people from all over the world.”
-Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814775721
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Sales rank: 783,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, was a longtime editor of the paper’s City section and a former editor of the Times’s Arts and Leisure section. She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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Table of Contents

1 The house on West 11th Street 1
2 Spanish Harlem on his mind 17
3 The old neighbors 25
4 Everyone knows this is somewhere, Part I 32
5 Everyone knows this is somewhere, Part II 36
6 Nothing but net 41
7 New York's rumpus room 49
8 Manhattan '03 55
9 Back to the home planet 63
10 Latte on the Hudson 67
11 Screech, memory 75
12 Bungalow chic 81
13 The allure of the ledge 87
14 There's no place like home : but there's ... no place 95
15 The town that gags its writers 105
16 Rockaway idyll 111
17 Waiting to exhale 119
18 A "Law and order'' addict tells all 127
19 Look away 135
20 On the run 139
21 Marriage of inconvenience? 147
22 Rain, rain, come again 151
23 The agony of victory 155
24 Street legal, finally 163
25 Time out 171
26 Wild masonry, murderous metal and Mr. Blonde 175
27 Love's labors 181
28 Ballpark of memory 189
29 The paper chase 197
30 The war within 205
31 Uptown girl 213
32 My friend Lodovico 221
33 Fare-Beater Inc. 225
34 The ballad of Sonny Payne 229
35 The white baby 239
36 New York, brick by brick 247
37 Memory's curveball 253
38 My neighborhood, its fall and rise 261
39 Ship of dreams 269
40 The day the boy fell from the sky 277
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