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By Barbara Mensch,Philip Lopate

ISBN-10: 0231139322

ISBN-13: 9780231139328

ISBN-10: 0231139330

ISBN-13: 9780231139335

South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's evocative tribute to the misplaced international of decrease Manhattan's Fulton Fish industry. For greater than a century, a colourful, tightly knit group of fishmongers, a lot of them fresh immigrants and kids of immigrants, thrived lower than the bottom of the Brooklyn Bridge. proof against executive laws and company encroachment, those males lived in a closed, internally policed international that used to be deeply adverse to outsiders.

As a tender photographer within the early Eighties, Mensch bonded with this actual workforce of "authentic New Yorkers," changing into a confidante for his or her lifestyles tales, which have been usually choked with hassle, secret, and misadventures. those remarkable photos seize the original character and fierce secrecy in their brilliant working-class tradition. mixed with vigorous observation& mdash;reminiscent of Studs Terkel's riveting oral histories& mdash;the pictures supply an extraordinary peek within a society defined through Philip Lopate as "a invaluable final vestige of historical Gotham."

Mensch's tale ends with the closure of the docks and the hole of the Seaport mall, a symbolic victory of company pursuits over greater than a century of mob rule. Her visible essay recounts the riding forces and the consequences of this city transformation at the entrenched neighborhood of fishmongers, growing a permanent historic rfile. notwithstanding the Fulton Fish marketplace not is living lower than the Brooklyn Bridge, the historical past and effort of this loved long island urban landmark are fantastically preserved during this book.

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