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The World in a City: Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York

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“The whole world can be found in this city. . . .”

–from the Preface

Fifty years ago, New York City had only a handful of ethnic groups. Today, the whole world can be found within the city’s five boroughs–and celebrated New York Times reporter Joseph Berger sets out to discover it, bringing alive the sights, smells, tastes, and people of the globe while taking readers on an intimate tour of the world’s most cosmopolitan city.

For urban enthusiasts and armchair explorers alike, The World in a City is a look at today’s polyglot and polychrome, cosmopolitan and culturally rich New York and the lessons it holds for the rest of the United States as immigration changes the face of the nation. With three out of five of the city’s residents either foreign-born or second-generation Americans, New York has become more than ever a collection of villages–virtually self-reliant hamlets, each exquisitely textured by its particular ethnicities, history, and politics. For the price of a subway ride, you can visit Ghana, the Philippines, Ecuador, Uzbekistan, and Bangladesh.

As Berger shows us in this absorbing and enlightening tour, New York is an endlessly fascinating crossroads. Naturally, tears exist in this colorful social fabric: the controversy over Korean-language shop signs in tony Douglaston, Queens; the uneasy proximity of traditional cottages and new McMansions built by recently arrived Russian residents of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Yet in spite of the tensions among neighbors, what Berger has found most miraculous about New York is how the city and its more than eight million denizens can adapt to–and even embrace–change like no other place on earth, from the former pushcart knish vendor on the Lower East Side who now caters to his customers via the Internet, to the recent émigrés from former Soviet republics to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach and Midwood whose arrival saved New York’s furrier trade from certain extinction.

Like the place it chronicles, The World in a City is an engaging hybrid. Blending elements of sociology, pop culture, and travel writing, this is the rare book that enlightens readers while imbuing them with the hope that even in this increasingly fractious and polarized world, we can indeed co-exist in harmony.

Synopsis:

Journeys through the colorful, ethnically diverse, and constantly changing neighborhoods of New York City to bring to life the people, culture, cuisine, sights, and more of the world's most cosmopolitan city, addressing issues of immigration and acculturation while demonstrating that people of varied backgrounds can live together in harmony. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

The whole world can be found in this city. . . .

-from the Preface

Fifty years ago, New York City had only a handful of ethnic groups. Today, the whole world can be found within the city's five boroughs-and celebrated New York Times reporter Joseph Berger sets out to discover it, bringing alive the sights, smells, tastes, and people of the globe while taking readers on an intimate tour of the world's most cosmopolitan city.

For urban enthusiasts and armchair explorers alike, The World in a City is a look at today's polyglot and polychrome, cosmopolitan and culturally rich New York and the lessons it holds for the rest of the United States as immigration changes the face of the nation. With three out of five of the city's residents either foreign-born or second-generation Americans, New York has become more than ever a collection of villages-virtually self-reliant hamlets, each exquisitely textured by its particul

Table of Contents

So You Thought You Knew Astoria — Melting Together in Ditmas Park — Clinging and Rebounding in East Harlem — The Cobbler of Chinatown — Signs of the Times in Douglaston-Little Neck — From Russia With Longing in Brighton Beach — Long Day's Journey from Bedford Park — Staying in Touch in Jackson Park — Family Ties and Knots in Flushing — A Kosher Kingdom in Midwood — Domestic Disturbances in Rego Park — Shifting Sands on the Grand Concourse — Nursing Americans in Norwood — Bewildering Flavors in Richmond Hill — Arrivederci Bensonhurst — Steadfast in Gerritsen Beach and Broad Channel — Factories of Revival Around the Town — Crisscrossing Generations on the Lower East Side — Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307493415
Subtitle:
Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Berger, Joseph
Author:
Joseph Berger
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Travel : United States - General
Subject:
Travel : United States - Northeast - Middle Atlantic (Genera
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
United States - Mid Atlantic - New York City
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
City and town life - New York (State) -
Subject:
Americana -- New York
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
Travel-New York
Subject:
Travel-US Mid Atlantic States
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070925
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
267

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
Travel » General
Travel » North America » United States » General
Travel » North America » United States » Mid Atlantic States

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Product details 267 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307493415 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Journeys through the colorful, ethnically diverse, and constantly changing neighborhoods of New York City to bring to life the people, culture, cuisine, sights, and more of the world's most cosmopolitan city, addressing issues of immigration and acculturation while demonstrating that people of varied backgrounds can live together in harmony. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , The whole world can be found in this city. . . .

-from the Preface

Fifty years ago, New York City had only a handful of ethnic groups. Today, the whole world can be found within the city's five boroughs-and celebrated New York Times reporter Joseph Berger sets out to discover it, bringing alive the sights, smells, tastes, and people of the globe while taking readers on an intimate tour of the world's most cosmopolitan city.

For urban enthusiasts and armchair explorers alike, The World in a City is a look at today's polyglot and polychrome, cosmopolitan and culturally rich New York and the lessons it holds for the rest of the United States as immigration changes the face of the nation. With three out of five of the city's residents either foreign-born or second-generation Americans, New York has become more than ever a collection of villages-virtually self-reliant hamlets, each exquisitely textured by its particul

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