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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Reprint edition (September 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589799054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589799059
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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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I was drawn to this book by the view of Times Square as I first remembered it on the cover. The book covers everything from art, fashion, music, nightclubs, newspaper reporters, the sporting world, and much more that took place on the historic island of Manhattan from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. You will read about celebrities and where their favorite haunts were located, which ones didn't get along, and where historic buildings that once catered to the rich and famous were once located. Find out why baseball star Joe DiMaggio was no longer welcome in The Stage Barbershop which he had frequented for several years. Why Toots Shor wouldn't allow Roger Maris to enter his restaurant. Bill Gallo tells the story of professional wrestler Tony Marino who received a tip that something was going to happen in a hotel barbershop. He went up to check and found mafioso Albert Anastasia had been murdered.

This book contains many fascinating anecdotes to keep you interested and covers all areas of the historic island of Manhattan and the people that made it what it was. If you are interested in New York you should find this a fascinating book to read. In addition the P. S. story author Harvey Frommer tells at the end of the book is one to remember and makes for a very appropriate ending.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karee hyke on February 26, 2014
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Well written. I loved reading about famous movie people and how they died. Love old movies and reading stars biographies.
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