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  • Paperback
  • 336
  • The Devils Playground
  • James Traub
  • English
  • 23 January 2019
  • 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 itThe book is a

  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 style The book just got boring the longer it went on I did learn some useful information but think it should ha

  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 when the owner of The NY Times Adolph Ochs bought a triangle plot of land through 2004 the year the book was

  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 suggest; maybe read Last Exit to Brooklyn or watch Taxi Driver or Midnight Cowboy If you want to know ab

  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 difficu

  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Really interesting take both on city planning philosophy of the built environment and a history of Times Suare Somewhat out of date now but still a fascinating read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 great read But for me I just couldn't stay interested

  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 i

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The Devils Playground

Entieth century through the 1950s 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. 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 great read But for me I just couldn t stay interested

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N of the Nightclubs” Texas Guinan; bards like A J Liebling Joe Mitchell and the Beats who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps of 42nd 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 42nd 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 tw. 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 collection of the articles they ve written for the New Yorker expanded and stitched together with rough yarnAll of that said I enjoyed the read immensely regardless of the patchwork feel of the thing Traub does a nice job of presenting the history of Times Suare if a little spotty on some of the details of certain uninteresting erasOne feels nostalgic for the bygone era before television killed the urban gathering place A gathering like the two million who congregated in Times Suare on August 14 1945 would now likely take place on Fox News CNN and Facebook And one feels the loss of that sense of communityOne also realizes that Broadway is a relative

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As Times Suare turns 100 New 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 1920s and ’30s to the district’s decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990sFirst 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 uee. 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