Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer

It Happened in Manhattan: An Oral History of Life in the City During the Mid-Twentieth Century

(Berkley Publishing Group, 2001 Hardcover;  ISBN: 0425181693)

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Table of Contents:

 

Acknowledgments

xi

 

Cast of Characters

xv

 

Prologue

xix

Part 1

   

Chapter 1

On the Sidewalks of New York

3

 

Childhood reminiscences from the Upper West Side

 
 

Harlem

 
 

Yorkville

 
 

Times Square

 
 

The Lower East Side

 

Chapter 2

I Want to Be a Part of It

33

 

Winning auditions for the Philharmonic and the Met

 
 

Landing a job at the New York Times

 
 

Coming to MoMA from Portland, Oregon, and to Barnard from Brooklyn

 
 

Running the streets for the Mercury Messenger Service

 
 

Wearing "the uniform" at Katie Gibbs

 

Chapter 3

If I Can Make It Here ...

55

 

Reaching for the stars: Stories of Zabar's, Russ and Daughters, and Balducci's

 
 

Making a name on Madison Avenue

 
 

Bringing the Beatles to Carnegie Hall

 
 

Discovering a calling in SoHo

 

Part 2

   

Chapter 4

Puttin' on the Ritz

83

 

Food: Le Pavillon launches a gastronomic revolution

 
 

From the Colony to Le Cirque

 
 

Fashion: Inside Harper's Bazaar

 
 

New York steals the crown from Paris

 
 

From Sophie's Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue to sewing skins in the fur district

 

Chapter 5

Sanctuaries in the City

117

 

The glorious choirs of Harlem churches

 
 

Getting the call to the priesthood

 
 

The Brotherhood Synagogue and the Jewish motor of New York

 

Chapter 6

High Culture or "Who the Hell Is de Kooning?"

129

 

The art and music scene in the postwar years: from the abstract expressionists to Andy Warhol and pop art

 
 

Memories of the great conductors

 
 

Summer serenades at Lewisohn Stadium

 
 

The move from Carnegie Hall and the Met to Lincoln Center

 

Chapter 7

Making Music

153

 

Memories of Tin Pan Alley

 
 

Atlantic Records and the record industry

 
 

Working as an usher at the Fillmore East

 

Chapter 8

East Side, West Side

175

 

Stories from the neighborhoods

 
 

The Upper West Side

 
 

Chelsea

 
 

Greenwich Village

 
 

Harlem

 

Chapter 9

All Around the Town

213

 

When New York had eleven-plus dailies

 
 

The life of a reporter

 
 

Walter Winchell and Ed Sullivan

 
 

Gangsters and the sporting life at the old Madison Square Garden

 
 

Nightlife from Toots Shor's to Elaine's to Irish pubs to nightclubs to theater

 

Part 3

   

Chapter 10

Politics As Usual

247

 

New York mayors from Wagner to Beame

 
 

Changing demographics

 
 

The financial crisis of '75

 
 

Urban renewal

 
 

Roosevelt Island

 

Chapter 11

Looking at New York Through Its Buildings

267

 

The changing look of New York

 
 

The Third Avenue el comes down, the white apartment houses go up

 
 

Preservation movements: the saving of the Jefferson Market Courthouse in Greenwich Village

 
 

The creation of SoHo

 
 

Reprise: If You Live Long Enough ...

289

 

P.S.

303

 

Photo Credits

304

 

Index

306

 

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