Alone Together: A History of New York's Early Apartments
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Alone Together: A History of New York's Early Apartments

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Twentieth-century New York is now famous as the city of "cliff dwellers," but in the second half of the nineteenth century, middle-class apartments in Manhattan were a new-and somewhat suspect-architectural form. Alone Together presents a history of the "invention" of New York apartment houses.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 7th 1999 by Cornell University Press (first published March 6th 1990)
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Frank Stein

This book is filled with great insights into the social and economic factors that shaped America's earliest apartment houses. Cromley shows that to many New Yorkers, apartments were not simply a new kind of vernacular architecture, they represented all the hopes and terrors of an uncertain future, and the details of their construction and interior layout became subject to intense political debate.

Cromley traces how the increasing demand for family privacy (exemplified by the gradual exclusion of...more
Scott Fuchs
Apr 25, 2011 Scott Fuchs rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Scott by: A bibliography listing in another book on NYC apartments
This is a very studious, very detailed work focusing in great part on the development and construction of EARLY NYC apartments; very possibly an extended doctoral thesis. Much of the book is centered on issues such as the need of airshafts for sanitary reasons and the perceived 'lack of privacy' concern for people who wanted to leave their four walled homes and live in this new modern concept of 'shared living'.
While interesting on many different levels, it has its share of repetition and quickl...more
braden
Smart, thorough preasentation of the evidence. But if you want to people the landscape, you are going to have to do that yourself.
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