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East Side, West Side, from the Little Red Lighthouse to Battery Park City, the wonders of Manhattans waterfront are both celebrated and secret-hidden in plain sight. In his brilliant exploration of this defining yet neglected shoreline, personal essayist Philip Lopate also recovers a part of the citys soul.

A native New Yorker, Lopate has embraced Manhattan by walking every inch of its perimeter, telling stories on the way of pirates (Captain Kidd) and power brokers (Robert Moses), the lowly shipworm and Typhoid Mary, public housing in Harlem and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. He evokes the magic of the once bustling old port from Melvilles and Whitmans day to the era of the longshoremen in On the Waterfront, while appraising todays developers and environmental activists, and probing new plans for parks and pleasure domes with river views. Whether escorting us into unfamiliar, hazardous crannies or along a Beaux Arts esplanade, Waterfront is a grand literary ramble and defense of urban life by one of our most perceptive observers.

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PHILLIP LOPATE is the author of eight books. A lifelong resident of New York City, he lives in Brooklyn.

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ISBN:
9780385497145
Author:
Lopate, Phillip
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
United States - Mid Atlantic - New York City
Subject:
United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (General)
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 ILLUSTRATIONS/1 MAP
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.08x5.26x.94 in. .90 lbs.

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