There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between. The doorways to these residences are tantalizing portals opening onto largely invisible lives. Habitats offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, their lofts, and as a whole presents a rich, multi-textured portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city.
These essays, expanded versions of a selection of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, take readers to both familiar and remote sections of the city—to history-rich townhouses, to low-income housing projects, to out-of-the-way places far from the beaten track, to every corner of the five boroughs—and introduce them to a wide variety of families and individuals who call New York home. These pieces reveal a great deal about the city’s past and its rich store of historic dwellings. Along with exploring the deep and even mystical connections people feel to the place where they live, these pieces, taken as a whole, offer a mosaic of domestic life in one of the world’s most fascinating cities and a vivid portrait of the true meaning of home in the 21st-century metropolis.
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Living with Ghosts
Old Stomping Grounds
Palaces and Jewel Boxes
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
Part urban sociology, part journalistic snooping, Constance Rosenblum’s remarkable stories reveal the true variety of the meanings of home. Closely observed and beautifully written.-Witold Rybczynski,author of The Biography of a Building
“Gracefully written and full of surprising insights, Rosenblum's book is a tribute to the capacity of New Yorkers to create entire worlds in the smallest of places: their apartments.”-Ariel Sabar,author of Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York
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