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Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City Free download à 5 ✓ 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 oSsays 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 p. My inner voyeur took great delight in this bookI 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 especially true in regards to Chapter 11 A Man and His Miscellany What a terrific readThis is my second attempt at sending feedback Somehow my very lengthy and well worded first draft was lost I uoted from the chapter on the Austen House on Staten Island another favorite for me and mentioned that it was details such as the period architectural details of the house and the floorboards made from the hulls of whaling ships that had piued that old flame within of the young person who dreamed of going off to the Big Apple to go for it all with gusto and verveThis book now tops my list of non fiction recommendations for book clubs I think it would also be a tremendous source for students going into journalism or other writing careers

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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 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 e. It's easy to feel alone in a crowdHabitats 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 off So with this combination of people telling their individual stories where does this book fall flat Well first of all I felt like there was either too many people in the book that we did not get to hear enough from each of them It left me wanting to hear about a particular family but the other times I read about somebody and did not care to have even read it The other thing I did not really like was that there were not a lot of pictures Each story had only one picture to accommodate it and most of the time you did not really see the house I had to use my imagination so many times to try and figure out how these homes were designed and what the decor was like Aside from that I did like hearing how people pulled through their struggles and how others fell upon their wealth New York is such an amazing city that I feel like these stories will never get old no matter how many different shapes they take and how many times they are told Thanks NetGalley and NYU Press for this copy

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Habitats Private Lives in the Big CityEople 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 Bro. Very much enjoyed this one Found it in a building's book exchange counter in HobokenI was familiar with Roseblum's column in the New York Times and always enjoyed reading itHere 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 niceSerendipity paid off this time