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Lights and shadows of New York life

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Published (first published 1872)
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Jocelyn
Dec 09, 2013 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
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I really wanted to write a full review of this book, but I just don't have the typing in me right now, so you're getting an abridged version. This is an 1870s book on New York City, running to 800+ pages. You would think a book that long from this era might be ponderous and dull, but it's quite the opposite! This is a breezy potted history of dozens of topics pertaining to the city. It took me three weeks to read it, but the reason it did was that I kept stopping at least once a page to look up ...more
J.E.S. Hays
Mar 15, 2016 J.E.S. Hays rated it it was amazing
This is a great historical reference for writers and anyone interested in New York of the 1870s - a verbal snapshot of the city during its Gilded Age. There are detailed descriptions of its main streets and notable citizens. There is enough early history to explain what was going on in that era. There are chapters on fashion, transportation, hotels and beer gardens, crime and the police, and cost of living. I really got a lot out of this book, and, while the writing style is dated (naturally), ...more
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