Faculty Book: Marshall Berman, ed.
Marshall Berman and Brian Berger, eds.
New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg
(Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, 2007)
New York City in the 1970s was a setting for all manner of public spectacle, a time when musicians, artists, writers, and immigrants could subsist even in Manhattan. Today the City seems a glamorous metropolis where real estate prices have soared. But is this fresh-scrubbed, affluent city really an improvement on its grittier predecessor? Taking us back to the streets where eccentricity and anomie were pervasive, this book explores the City's five boroughs with a love unclouded by romance yet undimmed by cynicism. Among the topics of a stellar group of writers and photographers are: Uptown’s take over of Downtown; the mayors and would-be mayors who have presided over the transformation; the homeless; gay culture and the devastating impact of AIDS; the New York world of art, rock and jazz; African-American culture and civil rights; the ethnic enclaves; city walks and subway rides. Marshall Berman is a distinguished professor of political science at City College and the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 15, 2007