Manhattan at Mid-Century: An Oral History

Manhattan at Mid-Century: An Oral History

by Myrna Katz Frommer, Harvey Frommer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589799059
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 09/07/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer met as undergraduates at New York University. The coauthors of five critically acclaimed oral histories, they are cultural historians with a focus on New York City. They are also professors in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. They live in Lyme, New Hampshire and Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition xi

Cast of Characters xv

Prologue xxi

Part 1

1 On the Sidewalks of New York 3

Childhood reminiscences from the Upper West Side, Harlem, Yorkville, Times Square, and the Lower East Side

2 I Want to Be a Part of It 29

Winning auditions for the Philharmonic and the Met; landing a job at the New York Times; coming to MoMA from Portland, Oregon, and to Barnard from Brooklyn; running the streets for the Mercury Messenger Service; wearing "the uniform" at Katie Gibbs

3 If I Can Make It Here … 47

Reaching for the stars: stories of Zabar's, Russ and Daughters, and Balducci's; making a name on Madison Avenue; bringing the Beatles to Carnegie Hall; discovering a calling in SoHo

Part 2

4 Puttin' on the Ritz 73

Food: Le Pavilion launches a gastronomic revolution; from the Colony to Le Cirque; Fashion: Inside Harper's Bazaar, New York steals the crown from Paris; from Sophie's Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue to sewing skins in the fur district

5 Sanctuaries in the City 105

The glorious choirs of Harlem churches; getting the call to the priesthood; the Brotherhood Synagogue and the Jewish motor of New York

6 High Culture or "Who the Hell Is de Kooning?" 117

The art and music scene in the postwar years: from the abstract expressionists to Andy Warhol and pop art; memories of the great conductors; summer serenades at Lewisohn Stadium; the move from Carnegie Hall and the Met to Lincoln Center

7 Making Music 141

Memories of Tin Pan Alley, Atlantic Records and the record industry, and working as an usher at the Fillmore East

8 East Side, West Side 163

Stories from the neighborhoods: the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, and Harlem

9 All around the Town 197

When New York had eleven-plus dailies; the life of a reporter; Walter Winchell and Ed Sullivan; gangsters and the sporting life at the old Madison Square Garden; nightlife from Toots Shor's to Elaine's to Irish pubs to nightclubs to theater

Part 3

10 Politics as Usual 229

New York mayors from Wagner to Beame; changing demographics; the financial crisis of '75; urban renewal; Roosevelt Island

11 Looking at New York through Its Buildings 251

The changing look of New York; the Third Avenue El comes down, the white apartment houses go up; preservation movements: the saving of the Jefferson Market Courthouse in Greenwich Village; the creation of SoHo

Reprise 269

If You Live Long Enough …

P.S. 281

Index 283

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