Publisher description for Low life : lures and snares of old New York / Luc Sante.


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Counter From opium dens to the Bowery's suicide saloons, this lively, learned work of outlaw urban history ushers readers through the dark heart of New York City in the years between 1840 and 1919. "A systematic, well-researched historical account of . . . corruption, vice, and miscellaneous mayhem . . . well-crafted and tightly written. Boston Globe. 63 photographs.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Manhattan (New York, N, Y, ) History, Manhattan (New York, N, Y, ) Social conditions, New York (N, Y, ) History, New York (N, Y, ) Social conditions, Marginality, Social New York (State) New York