Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure by David Freeland
English | 1 Aug. 2009 | ISBN: 0814727638 | 298 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
From the lights that never go out on Broadway to its 24-hour subway system, New York City isn't called "the city that never sleeps" for nothing. Both native New Yorkers and tourists have played hard in Gotham for centuries, lindy hopping in 1930s Harlem, voguing in 1980s Chelsea, and refueling at all-night diners and bars. The slim island at the mouth of the Hudson River is packed with places of leisure and entertainment, but Manhattan's infamously fast pace of change means that many of these beautifully constructed and incredibly ornate buildings have disappeared, and with them a rich and ribald history.