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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (November 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814776558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814776551
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 16 years, local news and quirky, personal stories found a home in the (now defunct) City section of the Sunday New York Times. Former section editor Rosenblum gathers 50 of the best pieces of the post–September 11 era by masters of the form including Edwidge Danticat and Francine Prose. Roy Hoffman's remembrance of a West Village buddy with cerebral palsy who was forced to confine his world to the few blocks he could navigate is complemented by Saki Knafo's tribute to a group of aging amateur athletes who've been playing basketball together for 33 years and David McAninch's appreciative travelogue of the "forgotten" cityscape of lunch counters, taverns, and cigar shops--all odes to a New York less romanticized and more real. Tragedies--like the story of giving a homeless man buried in the city's potter's field a proper family funeral--are squeezed like subway passengers between droller accounts of, say, the weekly lunch ritual of the New Yorker's wry cartoonists. Organized thematically into such categories as "Characters" and "Rituals, Rhythms and Ruminations," this rich sampling delivers. (Nov.) (c)
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"Three Hudson valley women contributed outstanding personal essays in this lively collection of urban musings."-Chronogram Magazine,Chronogram Magazine

“[T]his commemorative collection captures the essence of New York's distinctive urban life.”-Library Journal,

“Former section editor Rosenblum gathers 50 of the best pieces of the post–September 11 era by masters of the form including Edwidge Danticat and Francine Prose…this rich sampling delivers.”

-Publishers Weekly,

““New York is the plural city par excellence, the place of many tales. This new collection, taken from the pages of the city paper, gives us a new luxuriance of New York stories, neither neatly splashy nor narrowly sociological, but instead with the spice and eccentricity and plural energy that New Yorkers will recognize as ours and non-New Yorkers may wish was theirs.”

-Adam Gopnik,author of Through The Children's Gate: A Home In New York

“The City section was an invaluable counterpoint, almost a stowaway, on the cruise liner of the Sunday New York Times. It delivered news that stays news—indelible and intimate stories of city life, by turns disturbing, amusing, and enchanting. The pieces in this collection are as alive now as they were when they first saw newsprint. Reading them again, even across a distance of years, was like bumping into old friends.”

-Thomas Beller,author of The Sleep-Over Artist and How to Be a Man

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In her superb Introduction to New York Stories (2005), Constance Rosenblum explains that, since 1993, The New York Times has been publishing stories about visitors to as well as residents of one the world's most interesting metropolitan areas, the five boroughs that comprise New York City. What we have in that volume are 40 of those stories, published from January 23, 2000 (Ivor Hanson's "The Allure of the Ledge") and May 16, 2004 (Steven Kurutz's "The Ballad of Sonny Payne"). As Rosenblum explains, "What distinguishes all these pieces is the presence of a powerful voice. New York itself is a city of voices - sophisticated and street-smart, wiseguy and nostalgic, loud and soft, subtle and over the top. The [New York Times] City section is distinctive in that it has been able to cultivate these distinctive voices. Inspired by New York's cultural and geographic diversity, these essayist and stylists present a passionate and well-written portrait of the city and all its facets." Rosenblum has organized the material within four Parts and has this to say about the first:

"The essays in `A Sense of Place' bring to vivid life some of the city's quintessential locales, among them the Greenwich basketball court where pathos and humor bounce about with as much abandon as the ball; an Upper East Side Starbucks where dramas large and minute play out around the clock; and the exquisite townhouse on West 11th Street - `the little house on heaven street' - that was destroyed in 1970 when young radicals accidentally set off a bomb inside."

What we have in this volume are 50 additional stories in which their authors "captured the mood of the city during a particularly poignant era -- the years framing the events of September 11.
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