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Wentieth century through the s Times Suare was the whirling dynamo of American popular culture and increasingly an urban sanctuary for the eccentric and the untamed The name itself became emblematic of the tremendous life force of cities everywhereToday Times Suare is once again an awe inspiring place but the dark and strange corners have been filled with blazing light The most famous street character on Broadway “the Naked Cowboy” has his own website and Toys “R” Us calls its flagship store in Times Suare “the toy center of the universe” For the giant entertainment corporations that have moved to this safe clean and self consciously gaudy spot Times Suare is still very much the center of the world But is it still the heart.. This was impossibly dull The story was so interesting but the writer focused on dull pieces and got caught up in his own tics It was so difficult to get through as he droned on and on Endless pages on Toys R Us for crying out loud

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Ueen of the Nightclubs” Texas Guinan bards like A J Liebling Joe Mitchell and the Beats who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps of nd Street He describes Times Suare’s notorious collapse into pathology and the fierce debates over how best to restore it to lifeTraub then goes on to scrutinize today’s Times Suare as no author has yet done He writes about the new nd Street the giant Toys “R” Us store with its flashing Ferris wheel the new world of corporate theater and the sex shops trying to leave their history behindMore than sixty years ago Liebling called Times Suare “the heart of the world” not just the center of the world though this crossroads in Midtown Manhattan was indeed that but its heart From the dawn of the t. Times Suare as a Policy DocumentIf you want an insight into the devil s playground of Times Suare as the title would suggest maybe read Last Exit to Brooklyn or watch Taxi Driver or Midnight Cowboy If you want to know about the real estate deals and the historical context of the changing face of the suare this is your book

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As Times Suare turnsNew York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history from the first years of the twentieth century through the Runyonesue heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the s and ’s to the The Devils ePUB #192 district’s decline in the s and its glittering corporate revival in the sFirst Traub gives us the great impresarios wits tunesmiths newspaper columnists and nocturnal creatures who shaped Times Suare over the century since the place first got its name Oscar Hammerstein Florenz Ziegfeld George S Kaufman Damon Runyon Walter Winchell and “the. 54321Happy New YearOut with the old in with the newIn James Traub s The Devils Playground the history of Times Suare and the infamous side streets are explored in a factual sometimes philosophical manner Beginning in 1902 when the owner of The NY Times Adolph Ochs bought a triangle plot of land through 2004 the year the book was published we learn about the old the new and the ever changing landscape and character of what is sometimes called the hub of pop culture 1904 Mayor McLennan christened the area Times Suare and shortly thereafter the New Years Eve celebration tradition began But Times Suare is much than New Years Eve It s the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street among others it s the seediness it s the architecture it s Damon Runyon it s plays it s music it s Franz Zeigfield and Oscar Hammerstein and Irving Berlin it s crime it s traffic jams and noise and it s 7th Avenue It s street vendors and homelessness It s restaurants and bars It s Disney and the timeliness of Toys R Us It s the battle between the old and the new The search for its lost soul of yesteryear AndIts the overindulgence of the neon narcissism of Americana Yes Times Suare is much than New Years Eve It s a moving mosaic waiting for the next ball to drop

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Devils Playground
  • James Traub
  • English
  • 12 August 2018
  • 9780375759789

10 thoughts on “The Devils Playground

  1. says:

    I read this as research for a historical fiction contest I hoped to enter but I didn’t get very far before I realized that I wasn’t going to finish the book much less my story before the deadline That put a real damper on my enthusiasm for the book but I regained it in the second half As has happened before with books that cover a broad swath of history the closer the book got to my lifetime the I appreciated itTh

  2. says:

    More like 25 stars The idea is fascinating trace the history of Times Suare from its humble beginnings to the giant corporate billboard that is today I appreciated some of the earlier chapters but got bogged down with his writing st

  3. says:

    54321Happy New YearOut with the old in with the newIn James Traub’s The Devils Playground the history of Times Suare and the infamous side streets are explored in a factual sometimes philosophical manner Beginning in 1902

  4. says:

    What is it with folks who write for the New Yorker publishing books that claim to be stand alone works but are in actuality simply a

  5. says:

    Times Suare as a Policy DocumentIf you want an insight into 'the devil's playground' of Times Suare as the title would su

  6. says:

    Interesting well written history of New York's most famous public space Published in the early 2000s the book is a bit dated in spots for instance much space is devoted to the opening of the Toys R Us Times Suare flagship store which closed in 2016 but certainly still worth reading

  7. says:

    This was impossibly dull The story was so interesting but the writer focused on dull pieces and got caught up in his own tics It was so difficult to get through as he droned on and on Endless pages on Toys R Us for crying

  8. says:

    Really interesting take both on city planning philosophy of the built environment and a history of Times Suare Somewhat out of date now but still a fascinating read

  9. says:

    Didn't keep my interest like I thought it would Well researched and if you are a fan of New York City this would be a gre

  10. says:

    Okay it’s out of date 2004 but it’s history so it’s good until that point and since most of the landmarks he talks about are still doing a thriving business I’m not having a problem with itTimes Suare simply put is the Icon of America itself almost as much as the White House For than a hundred years it has been the center of the world the image people have when they think of New York or Broadway or imp

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