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    DescriptionExperience the mosaic of mid-century Manhattan in this exuberant oral history that begins in the post-World War II years when the city came into its own, and ends in the mid-1970s when it nearly went bust. This is the story of a time when great ocean liners were 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. There are recollections of Friday night boxing matches at the old Madison Square Garden, of peddling tunes in the heart of Tin Pan Alley at the Brill Building, of a Harlem that had a nightclub on every corner, and a SoHo that was saved from a wrecker's ball by a "bunch of mothers." Eleven daily newspapers covered the city beat back then, Automats and five-and-dimes were in each neighborhood, and the New York Philharmonic performed free summer concerts at Lewisohn Stadium on the City College campus. Zabar's was a small dairy store; Balducci's was an open-air fruit and vegetable stand. New York was becoming the center of haute cuisine and haute couture; the New York School of abstract expressionists had taken the lead from Paris in avant-garde art. This transformative time when New York City became the capital of the world is captured here in myriad memories that create an often humorous, sometimes poignant, occasionally bitter-but always loving-testament to the magical mystique of Manhattan. Includes interviews with Jimmy Breslin, Bill Gallo, Monte Irvin, Robert Merrill, Herman Badillo, Elaine Kaufman, Jerry Della Femina, Pauline Trigere, Sirio Maccioni, Jane Jacobs, Saul Zabar, Margaret Whiting, and many more.


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    Title
    Manhattan at Mid-century
    Subtitle
    An Oral History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Myrna Katz Frommer, By (author) Harvey Frommer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781589799059
    ISBN 10: 1589799054
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    DC21: 974.71
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    LC classification: F128.5 .I85 2013
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSL, NHK
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    26 black & white halftones
    Publisher
    Taylor Trade Publishing
    Imprint name
    Taylor Trade Publishing
    Publication date
    06 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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