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Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories Toni Schlesinger

Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Toni Schlesinger

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ISBN : 9781568985855
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320 pages
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A flop house, a pumping station, a maids room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Lorainejust a few of the places New Yorkers call home. For the pastMoreA flop house, a pumping station, a maids room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Lorainejust a few of the places New Yorkers call home. For the past eight years writer Toni Schlesinger has been bringingus these conversation places in her weekly column in the Village Voice. Through her incisive questioning, original writing, and comic parallel reveries, Schlesinger creates miniature documentaries on the lives, passions, hopes, and heartbreaks of many of New York Citys millions.Five Flights Up chronicles people living in New Yorks extremes, occupying 150-square-foot spaces, paying over half their income for rent, living eight in an apartment, and taking showers in twos to save time. These are people who make movies in their living room and then sleep in it later. Theysurround themselves with their baby teeth, with 500 volumes of Moby Dick, plaster rabbis, birds nests, 30 modernist chairs, 50 loaves of Wonder Bread, and more. In Schlesingers hands,their stories are much more than novelties.Artists, actors, dancers, librarians, social workers, bus boys, bankers, porn stars, au pairs, urban planners, bakers, shamans, masseuses, web designers, and students come alive when they discuss where they came from and where theyre going. Each interview is a vivid and insightful portrait, revealing the creative energy, camaraderie, desperation, and hope that fuel the daily lives of people in New York and everywhere.