Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York Writers of Strand
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A portrait of Gotham as the 'riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity.' It explores the city from four different directions: the actual topography of the city from 1840 to 1919; the era's opportunities for vice and entertainment - theatres & saloons, opium & cocaine dens, gambling & prostitution; the forces of law & order, which did & didn't work to contain the illegalities; a counterposing of the city's tides of revolt and idealism against the city as it actually was. Black-and-white illustrations & photographs. 416p.

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