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Downtown - My Manhattan

Pete Hamill

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Genres:

History

Description:

In Downtown, Hamill leads us on an unforgettable journey through the city he loves, from the island's southern tip to 42nd Street, combining a moving memoir of his days and nights in New York with a passionate history of its most enduring places and people. From the Battery's traces of the early port to Washington Square's ghosts of executed convicts and well-heeled Knickerbockers; from the Five Points, once the most dangerous and squalid slum in America, to the mansions of the robber barons on "the Fifth Avenue"; from the Bowery of the 1860s, the vibrant heart of the city's theater world, to the Village of the 1960s, with its festival-like street life, this is downtown as we've never seen it before. Hamill weaves his own memories of Manhattan with the liveliest moments from its past, and points out the hints of that past living on in the city of today, fueling the ever-present nostalgia of its inhabitants.Hamill introduces us to the New Yorkers who have left indelible marks: Peter Stuyvesant and John Jacob Astor, Stanford White and George Templeton Strong, Edith Wharton and Henry James, Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, W. H. Auden and Allen Ginsberg, Boss Tweed and Fiorello La Guardia, Jimi Hendrix and Thelonious Monk, and scores of others. And he takes us to the eateries, saloons, theaters, movie houses, bookstores, and street corners they, and he, once frequented, whether still standing or existing only in memory. Through the city's transformations, the pulse of Pete Hamill's brilliant voice melds with the pulse that drives New York, that mixture of daring, greed, anger, rebellion, hope, entrepreneurialism, and longing that never fades. Written by native son who has lived through some of New York City's most historic moments, Downtown is an extraordinary celebration of the magnificent, haunted place that Hamill continues to call home, and that people from all over the country and the world have come to call their own.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 7m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:51


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:32


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:14


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:30


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:36


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:37


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:47