Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

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Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

Author: Luc Sante
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 460
Cover Price: $ 18.00

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There are very few classics in the field of pop culture--the academic stuff tends to be too dry and the fun stuff is too quickly dated. This book by Luc Sante is the exception--in fluid prose liberally sprinkled with astute metaphors, Sante tells the story of New York's Lower East Side, circa 1840-1920. The personal histories of criminals, prostitutes, losers, and swindlers bring to life the social and statistical history that the author has meticulously researched.

Not limiting himself to the usual sources, Sante finds his history in old copies of Police Gazette as well as actual police, fire, and social service records. Above all, what really makes this book work is the writing, which brings to life a culture of the streets that continues to form a silent influence on our contemporary popular culture.

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Manhattan Borough is essentially the Island of Manhattan, site of New Amsterdam and the commercial center of New York City.