The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

Hardcover | October 20, 2013

byWilliam B. Helmreich

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As a child growing up in Manhattan, William Helmreich played a game with his father called "Last Stop." They would pick a subway line, ride it to its final destination, and explore the neighborhood. Decades later, his love for exploring the city is as strong as ever.

Putting his feet to the test, he decided that the only way to truly understand New York was to walk virtually every block of all five boroughs--an astonishing 6,000 miles. His journey took him to every corner of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Helmreich spoke with hundreds of New Yorkers from every part of the globe and all walks of life. He finds that to be a New Yorker is to struggle to understand the place and to make a life that is as highly local as it is dynamically cosmopolitan.

Truly unforgettable, The New York Nobody Knows will forever change how you view the world's greatest city.

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As a child growing up in Manhattan, William Helmreich played a game with his father called "Last Stop." They would pick a subway line, ride it to its final destination, and explore the neighborhood. Decades later, his love for exploring the city is as strong as ever.Putting his feet to the test, he decided that the only way to truly un...

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"A modern-day flaneur, ethnographer William Helmreich moves engagingly through the streets and neighborhoods of New York, making pithy and substantive observations that place the everyday lives of the city's diverse peoples in a peculiarly revealing light. The New York Nobody Knows is a brilliant representation of everyday lives of New...

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at the City University Graduate Center (CUNY) and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:October 20, 2013Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691144052

ISBN - 13:9780691144054

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Maps xvi
1 Introduction 1
2 Selling Hot Dogs, Planting Flowers, and Living the Dream: The Newcomers 21
3 Diners, Love, Exorcisms, and the Yankees: New York's Communities 71
4 Dancing the Bachata, Playing Bocci, and the Chinese Scholars' Garden: Enjoying the City 137
5 Tar Beaches, Sidewalk Carvings, Irish Freedom Fighters, and Superman: Spaces in the Big Apple 169
Illustrations following page 215
6 From Washington Heights to Hudson Heights, from Soho to Soha: Gentrification 231
7 Assimilation, Identity, or Something Else: The Future of Ethnic New York 296
8 Conclusions 346
Notes 369
Neighborhood Glossary 395
Bibliography 401
Index 437

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"The New York Nobody Knows exemplifies the richness that the ethnographic approach affords. . . . It must be read with a flexible mind-set, but once read that way, can be revisited and mined for its rich data. Helmreich added to the knowledge base typically gleaned from categorical analysis, and overcame many of the blind spots usually present in such research. Helmreich's work inspires social scientists to lace-them-up and do it elsewhere."--David B. Broad, Ph.D., International Social Science Review