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Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America's Most Infamous Block

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Imagine shuffling down Broadway through the hustle and bustle right into the nonstop, neon heart of New York City: 42nd Street.

Once a quiet neighborhood of brownstones and churches, the area wastransformed in the early 1900s into an entertainment hub unlike any in theworld. No place has ever evoked the glamour and romantic possibility of bigcity nightlife as vividly as did
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ebook, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2004)
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Lauren Albert
Aug 08, 2010 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-american
While I was doing graduate work at CUNY GSUC, I regularly walked down 42nd Street from the subway to school which was then housed in two buildings on 42nd between 5th and 6th Avenue. How different it was then. I cringed walking by the porn shops and the men lurking in front of them. I didn't feel safe walking through there at night. I've watched so many of the positive changes take place--the re-opening of the New Victory Theater, the closing of the last porn shops, the cleaning of the streets. ...more
Susan
Aug 05, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I really was fascinated by this book. From my childhood when Times Square was the exciting place my father took me through the
sleazy days of pornographic movie houses
to a hectic Broadway institution to its current
sterilized feeling - I can mark my life by my
memories of this NYC area!
King
Jan 08, 2009 King rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It might seem a silly complaint, but the book suffers from being too thorough. Many of the hundreds of little stories it tells would have been worthy of book-length treatments of their own. Consequently, the book suffers from anecdotal whiplash as it tears through a blizzard of names and places over its few hundred pages. While it is a breathtaking work of scholarship (peppered throughout with interesting cocktail-party trivia) and is potentially a useful reference, it's not a particularly engag ...more
Elizabeth
I enjoyed the first half of this book but once it got to more recent times found it a bit boring. That's nothing against the book so much as I'm just a bigger fan of older New York stories. Informative non the less:)
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