Here is New York, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (7 ratings)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 58 pages, b/w photographs
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom,U.S.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9781892145024

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I read this in the week leading up to my first trip to New York City last year. I loved it, then I visited the city and I loved the book even more. It's amazing to me that someone could so perfectly capture the magic of that city and write about it in a way that still rings true 60 years later. The author, famous for his children's books, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web, was living in the city in 1948 when he wrote the slim book. White understood that despite being filled with people, NYC can be a lonely place. It gives its inhabitants privacy and anonymity in the midst of its bustling streets. It somehow allows you to feel connected and disconnected at the same time. I love how White talks about both the city as a whole and the diverse neighborhoods that make up the city. He saw the beauty of the pockets of familiarity within the intimidating beast. He embraced the paradoxes within New York, parks and pavement, rich and poor. The essay is a glowing love letter to the city of New York, but there are elements that ring true for any city. The attachment a person can feel for a place, the unique personality a city has, etc. Pick it up before your next trek to the Big Apple or really anytime.

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An amazing reflection on New York by a former citizen; an essay about the reasons why those of us yearn towards the city and why we eventually leave. Even more amazingly, in 1949 White writes of the city's vulnerability to attack by planes that foreshadows 9-11. As someone who lived in New York for 16 years and returned only once for a visit, White captures the longing for the New York we experienced when we arrived fresh and hopeful and the sadness upon realizing it can't be recaptured any more than our youth.

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Brief, but breathtakingly brilliant

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5

E.B. White paints the perfect picture of New York City. Akin to Kerouac did describing the Beat Community in the 1950's in On the Road, I felt the nostalgia for times I was never a part of. There was a quiet wistfulness in his prose. There was one paragraph where White talks about New York's destructibility that was prophetic, creepily so. <br/><br/>I loved it. My only complaint was the length. It was far too short. It only contributes to dream like quality.

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E.B. White paints the perfect picture of New York City. Akin to Kerouac did describing the Beat Community in the 1950's in On the Road, I felt the nostalgia for times I was never a part of. There was a quiet wistfulness in his prose. There was one paragraph where White talks about New York's destructibility that was prophetic, creepily so. <br/><br/>I loved it. My only complaint was the length. It was far too short. It only contributes to dream like quality.

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