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The Resource The New York nobody knows : walking 6,000 miles in the city, William B. Helmreich

The New York nobody knows : walking 6,000 miles in the city, William B. Helmreich

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The New York nobody knows : walking 6,000 miles in the city
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The New York nobody knows
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walking 6,000 miles in the city
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William B. Helmreich
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  • From 2008 to 2012, City College of New York sociologist Helmreich systematically walked almost every street in the city, including those in the four outer boroughs—the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?) traverses the wide world located in a city whose population appears to come from every nation on the planet. His gaze is wide—sometimes “doing ethnography,” sometimes taking a nostalgic look at places he lived—and he engages with issues such as immigration, gentrification, and ethnic identity. The result comes close to providing an “everything you wanted to know, but didn’t know who to ask,” as the author visits parks, projects, schools, restaurants, and stores, observing the city’s active life (parades, street musicians, chess players) and still life (shop signs, street art, community gardens, building facades). Along the way, Helmreich chats with sundry people as well as the city’s last four mayors. Rigorous scholarly and journalistic research underpins his work. Though the narrative meanders, this is appropriate in a book that takes readers through the “balkanized collection of towns” that constitute New York City. The book’s maps (one of the entire city, and one for each borough) and a useful neighborhood glossary make the journey yet more vivid. 30 halftones, 6 maps. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 9, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Helmreich (sociology, CUNY Graduate Ctr.; What Was I Thinking? The Dumb Things We Do and How To Avoid Them ) set himself a formidable task: he walked every block in New York City over a four-year period, producing what he calls an "ethnographic study" comprised of vignettes based on interviews with hundreds of residents on sidewalks, streets, and even in private homes. The result: a magisterial work that examines how people live in this large, complex, and evolving urban landscape. He finds that the city is as dynamic as ever, benefiting in large part from the influx of immigrants. He also cites the dramatic changes, both positive and negative, wrought by gentrification. Most interestingly, he assesses how people of different races, religions, and income statuses can coexist peacefully in "Balkan-like" communities. But chronic problems such as poverty, unemployment, and the lack of affordable housing continue to afflict many. The book is replete with references to additional scholarly studies and statistical analyses that do make it seem a bit dense at times. No matter; it's an enthralling portrait of a metropolis that Helmreich clearly loves. VERDICT This is a landmark achievement, for those wanting to dig deeper than The Encyclopedia of New York City , edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. Highly recommended to sociologists, urban demographers, New York historians, and all walking enthusiasts in the city.— Richard Drezen, Jersey City --Richard Drezen (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 16, p128)
  • /* Starred Review */ Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Spanning four years, 6,000 miles and nine pairs of shoes, the author's chronicle traces a richly detailed ethnography--and the first sociological study of the city as a whole--in his exploration of one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. Anchored by hundreds of personal stories collected from every corner of every neighborhood, this unique book provides an intimate look at how the city is at once a united populace of proud New Yorkers and also a collection of distinct communities that retain small-town values. Myriad factors, including gentrification, immigration, sense of belonging, public spaces and crime rate, play a role in how these communities form and disperse, sometimes within a single day--for example, the communities of workers who commute into Manhattan from outer boroughs or the communities of children who come together to learn from educators and each other. At the same time, a sentiment like post-9/11 solidarity supersedes localized boundaries and brings the city's residents together as one. Helmreich argues that the dynamics behind these constantly evolving human choreographies make New York a city unparalleled in its historical and contemporary impact. From a housing complex in Crown Heights to a garden in Staten Island to a restaurant in Kew Gardens, every space--and every person--contributes to a city that is "the epitome of the twenty-first century." The author exudes great love and admiration for his hometown on every page, and this collection of anecdotes brings New York to life with unprecedented humanity and detail. This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city.(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2013)
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1945-2020
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Helmreich, William B
Dewey number
306.09747/1
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HN80.N5
LC item number
H45 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Neighborhoods
  • Community life
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
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walking 6,000 miles in the city
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The New York nobody knows : walking 6,000 miles in the city, William B. Helmreich
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-436) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
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989392
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 449 pages
Isbn
9780691144054
Lccn
2013017223
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780691144054
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The New York nobody knows : walking 6,000 miles in the city, William B. Helmreich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-436) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
989392
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 449 pages
Isbn
9780691144054
Lccn
2013017223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780691144054

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