Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis

Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis

by Steve Bergsman

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Overview

One of the most successful and daring real estate developments in U.S. history was the building of Levittown, Long Island, in 1947. Although it became the prototype modern suburb, it was more reviled than appreciated during the first three decades of its existence.
Intellectuals and critics attacked Levittown unmercifully, essentially calling it a boring environment that crushed the spirit of its population. Popular authors, such as Richard Yates, author of Revolutionary Road, used the modern suburb as a metaphor for creative sterility.

When Pete Seeger sang, "Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of tickytacky; Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same," everyone knew he was talking about Levittown and all that it begot.

As it turned out, the intellectuals and the critics got it all so very wrong from the start.

Not only wasn't Levittown dullsville, but a surprising number of creative people passed through here, including songwriter Ellie Greenwich, singers Eddie Money and Billy Joel, Zippie The Pinhead cartoonist Bill Griffith, children's book illustrator Jon Buller, radio host John Gambling, TV political commentator Bill O'Reilly, Maureen Tucker and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground (the house band for Andy Warhol's factory), and Steve Bergsman, journalist and author.

Steve Bergsman grew up in Levittown during those early years and looking back now as an aging baby boomer, he thought it a wonderful place to have spent a childhood. Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis is a love letter to this quintessential suburb.

Juxtaposed against a prevailing history of criticism and literary slander, Growing Up Levittown is a memoir of a happy childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496128669
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/02/2014
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Steve Bergsman has contributed to a wide range of magazines, newspapers and wire services for more than twenty-five years, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal Sunday, Phoenix Magazine, Oldies, Chief Executive, The Australian, Creator's Syndicate, Reuters News Service, Inman News and Copley News Service. He has been a regular contributor to the "Ground Floor" real estate column in Barron's and has written for all of the leading real estate industry publications, including National Real Estate Investor, Institutional Real Estate Letter, Retail Traffic, Multifamily Trends, Real Estate Portfolio, Shopping Center World, Mortgage Banking and Urban Land.
His books include After the Fall: Opportunities and Strategies for Real Estate Investing in the Coming Decade, Maverick Real Estate Financing: The Art of Raising Capital and Owning Properties Like Ross, Sanders and Carey, Maverick Real Estate Investing: The Art of Buying and Selling Properties Like Trump, Zell, Simon, the World's Greatest Land Owners, Passport to Exotic Real Estate: Buying U.S. And Foreign Property In Breath-Taking, Beautiful, Faraway Lands, and the novel, The Death of Johnny Ace.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it would be a Levitown history....was boring and dragged,..skip it