Manhattan at Mid-century: An Oral History

Manhattan at Mid-century: An Oral History

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By (author) Myrna Katz Frommer, By (author) Harvey Frommer

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  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 28mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham
  • ISBN 10: 1589799054
  • ISBN 13: 9781589799059
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 26 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,112,634

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Experience the mosaic of mid-century Manhattan in this exuberant oral history. This is a snapshot of a time when ocean liners regularly docked in the Hudson River ports, Checker cabs hurtled across a two-way Fifth Avenue, and the Third Avenue El cast long shadows onto the street below. Includes interviews with Jimmy Breslin, Bill Gallo, Elaine Kaufman, Hilton Kramer, Robert Merrill, Saul Zabar, and many others.

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Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer met as undergraduates at New York University. The coauthors of five critically acclaimed oral histories, they are cultural historians with a focus on New York City. They are also professors in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. They live in Lyme, New Hampshire and Manhattan.

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Nobody knows the Big Apple better than real New Yorkers. This book weaves the stories of city dwellers into a nostalgic panorama of Manhattan as it was from the post-World War II years through the mid-1970s. New Yorkers recall the days of jazz music, five-and-dimes, and Friday night boxing at Madison Square Garden. Kids born and bred in NYC-from Harlem to the Lower East Side-recount their tales in this ode to the city they love. Reminisce