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Radical Walking Tours of New York City

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Traditional walking tours of New York enshrine the wealthy and war heroes by emphasizing what they’ve left behind. Rarely seen are those buried in their wake—those who fought the power, pushing for a better world. In Radical Walking Tours of New York Bruce Kayton leads us to monuments of those other heroes.
Through Kayton’s lens, the history of all hitherto existing neighb
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2003 by Seven Stories Press (first published August 1st 1998)
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Tracy
I definitely learned from the book, but the narrow scope made for a depressing tour through the historically rich Lower Manhattan. Too much of what went wrong (who was oppressed and how) without much social and cultural context. What could have been uplifting, especially given NYC's role in major social movements, left me rather depressed -- and in no small part because I have read so many other NYC history books that I knew what wonderful details could have been added to paint a fuller picture. ...more
Masked
if you've got folks coming into town who want to see the sights, you can get on one of those awful busses and hear how a bunch of rich guys built things on the backs of the people they exploited or you can stroll through streets alive with echoes of struggle, from the labor movement to civil rights. a great tool for teachers who want to do something other than take students to the stock exchange or the court house.
Amy Hayden
I visit New York City three or four times a year, but I hate being a tourist, so this book has come in handy. It gets four stars rather than five only because it can be a bit outdated, mentioning certain buildings are X when they have since been converted into Y, but that's certainly not the fault of the author.
Chuck
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This is a fun book. Kayton is extremely well-informed about the Big Apple's radical past.
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