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A “street-smart, informative and occasionally hilarious” look at the places, personalities, and history that make New York one of a kind (Publishers Weekly). Reporter Sam Roberts has covered the city in all its quirkiness, both in print and in his popular New York Times podcasts. In Only in New York, now updated with new stories, he writes about what makes this city tick and why things are the way they are in the greatest of all metropolises on earth. These essays cover topics such as: -How New Yorkers react during disasters -Maritime history (the Hudson River) -Crowds, space, and population growth -The pooper scooper revolution -The Jewish Daily Forward -What happens when a neighborhood loses its tony ZIP code, and more “Roberts has covered the city for 40 years. So as we locals say, he knows from, and it shows in this fabulous collection of essays. With wit and grace, he tells stories of its citizens—some illustrious, others not; some living, others long dead. But the story he’s really telling is that of New York, and he nails it.” —Daily News (New York)
An accomplished storyteller with a New York accent, M.G. Crisci portrays his experiences with people, their struggles, triumphs, loves and jealousies that meandered through his extraordinary life. It is said that you can’t take New York out of a New Yorker. Only in New York is a collection of short stories that are steeped with the richness of the author’s skill in depicting his ethnic heritage, colorful neighborhoods, and childhood friends, along with a tapestry of clients and colleagues that were central to his New York-based career. Throughout each of the individual narratives, readers will become acquainted with local restaurants, favorite Italian dishes, adventures in advertising, and misadventures on Wall Street. In the end, it is the author’s self-effacing humor that communicates his enjoyment of these twists and turns on the road of his colorful life.
No one denies that New York City is unique—but what makes it sui generis? Sam Roberts, a longtime city reporter, has puzzled over this in print and in his popular New York Times podcasts for years. In Only in New York, updated with new tales and fascinating glimpses into uniquely NYC life, he writes about what makes this city tick and why things are the way they are in the greatest of all metropolises on earth. The more than 75 essays in this book cover a variety of topics, including: -How do New Yorkers react during disasters? -Maritime history (the Hudson River) -Crowds, space, and population growth -1908: a year in History history -Jewish Daily Forward -What happens when a neighborhood loses its tony ZIP code? A winning and informative gift book for every fan of “the city,” Only in New York is elegantly written and solidly reported.
In 1978, Ed Koch assumed control of a city plagued by filth, crime, bankruptcy, and racial tensions. By the end of his mayoral run in 1989 and despite the Wall Street crash of 1987, his administration had begun rebuilding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Unlike many American cities, Koch's New York was growing, not shrinking. Gentrification brought new businesses to neglected corners and converted low-end rental housing to coops and condos. Nevertheless, not all the changes were positive AIDS, crime, homelessness, and violent racial conflict increased, marking a time of great, if somewhat uneven, transition. For better or worse, Koch's efforts convinced many New Yorkers to embrace a new political order subsidizing business, particularly finance, insurance, and real estate, and privatizing public space. Each phase of the city's recovery required a difficult choice between moneyed interests and social services, forcing Koch to be both a moderate and a pragmatist as he tried to mitigate growing economic inequality. Throughout, Koch's rough rhetoric (attacking his opponents as "crazy," "wackos," and "radicals") prompted charges of being racially divisive. The first book to recast Koch's legacy through personal and mayoral papers, authorized interviews, and oral histories, this volume plots a history of New York City through two rarely studied yet crucial decades: the bankruptcy of the 1970s and the recovery and crash of the 1980s.

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