Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

by Toni Schlesinger | Other | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1568985851 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 9/9/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

"A flop house, a pumping station, a maid's 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 City's millions.

Five Flights Up chronicles people living in New York's 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 Schlesinger's 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 they're 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."

Just had to take this home with me when I saw it on the book recycling shelf in Kamppi, Helsinki.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, June 29, 2018
Quite an interesting and original read. I love New York but can imagine that living there without much money can be quite an ordeal. My ultimate dream home, of course, would be a penthouse in Manhattan. That's one dream that will never come true I'm afraid :D

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, June 29, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (6/30/2018 UTC) at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland


Off to sakirmo next. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingsakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, July 21, 2018
The book is with me now, many thanks!!

Journal Entry 5 by wingsakirmowing at Ipswich BC Unconvention in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, October 01, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (10/6/2018 UTC) at Ipswich BC Unconvention in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom


Have been reading this since I received it, a few chapters at a time. It's pretty amazing what sort of living arrangements people come up with in a big city! However, I don't really know New York so the book didn't "speak to me" in a way it could have otherwise... so, if anyone has a similar book about London or Berlin I'd be happy to read that :D

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