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No one denies that New York City is unique—but what makes it sui generis? Sam Roberts, a longtime city reporter, has puzzled over this in print and in his popular New York Times podcasts for years. In Only in New York, updated with new tales and fascinating glimpses into uniquely NYC life, he writes about what makes this city tick and why things are the way they are in the greatest of all metropolises on earth. The more than 75 essays in this book cover a variety of topics, including:
-How do New Yorkers react during disasters?
-Maritime history (the Hudson River)
-Crowds, space, and population growth
-1908: a year in History history
-Jewish Daily Forward
-What happens when a neighborhood loses its tony ZIP code?
A winning and informative gift book for every fan of “the city,” Only in New York is elegantly written and solidly reported.
A staple among readers of the New York Times, urban affairs
correspondent Roberts collects 40 of his podcasts for the Times Web
site—savvy snapshots of the city that prides itself on its restless
energy. Roberts (Who We Are Now) pens snappy glimpses of its
personalities, trends, events and general mayhem, including topics such
as the gender gap and eligible men, fat New Yorkers, the New York City
pooper-scooper law, gangster Nicky Mr. Untouchable Barnes, and the
terror and fear of the 9/11 tragedy. His writing really crackles when
he sinks his teeth into the antics of some of those who put their stamp
on the city, such as writers Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin in their
1969 madcap political race, Mayor Bloomberg's deep pockets for wooing
voters or President Obama's early student days of roughing it in
Manhattan. Street-smart, informative and occasionally hilarious,
Roberts's new book is New York City as it is and always has been.