Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City

Habitats Private Lives in the Big City There may be eight million stories in the Naked City but there are also nearly three million dwelling places ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between T

  • Title: Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
  • Author: Constance Rosenblum
  • ISBN: 9780814771549
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between The doorways to these residences are tantalizing portals opening onto largely invisible lives Habitats offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really liveThere may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between The doorways to these residences are tantalizing portals opening onto largely invisible lives Habitats offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, their lofts, and as a whole presents a rich, multi textured portrait of what it means to make a home in the world s most varied and powerful city These essays, expanded versions of a selection of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, take readers to both familiar and remote sections of the city to history rich townhouses, to low income housing projects, to out of the way places far from the beaten track, to every corner of the five boroughs and introduces them to a wide variety of families and individuals who call New York home These pieces reveal a great deal about the city s past and its rich store of historic dwellings Along with exploring the deep and even mystical connections people feel to the place where they live, these pieces, taken as a whole, offer a mosaic of domestic life in one of the world s most fascinating cities and a vivid portrait of the true meaning of home in the 21st century metropolis Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, is the longtime editor of the paper s City section and a former editor of the Times s Arts and Leisure section She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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    1. Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, is the longtime editor of the paper s City section and a former editor of the Times s Arts and Leisure section She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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    1. It s easy to feel alone in a crowd Habitats is a collection of articles that were written for The New York Times over the years I liked it because there were 40 people who live in the city that I have always dreamed of visiting The book is split into sections to categorize the people into the type of life they live or how they ended up in the Big City You get your starters, starting overers, the creative ones, the families, the ones reliving the past, the rich, and the ones who are not so well o [...]


    2. My inner voyeur took great delight in this book I loved peeking into these homes and the lives of their occupants At first, I was disappointed that there weren t photos included And also that the photos which began each chapter were in black and white About a third of the way into it, however, I decided I was glad there weren t photos as I m convinced the imagination of my mind s eye probably composed vivid scenes than the limitations imposed by the lens of a camera I believe this to be especi [...]


    3. Very much enjoyed this one Found it in a building s book exchange counter in Hoboken.I was familiar with Roseblum s column in the New York Times, and always enjoyed reading it.Here she has compiled some of those articles giving the reader a plethora of intimate lives and people s stories of how they made it in NYC once they arrive how they made a haven for themselves within the chaos thatthe city could sometimes be I could relate to some of the residents, and that was very nice.Serendipity paid [...]


    4. Though I ve never been to New York City or read the column that this book is pulled from, I really enjoyed jumping into the homes of the various families featured in Habitats Constance Rosenblum does a great job of choosing people from very different backgrounds, ages, and places in society to feature allowing readers to see that the experience of living in New York City is a common one, regardless of so many other differences.


    5. Very easy read this was one of my favourite columns from the New York Times It was so nice to be taken back to the NY neighbourhoods and live , albeit briefly, with the diverse characters here Some have tiny studios, some verging on mansions, but the writer is never patronising, just insightful and respectful.



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