Faculty Book: William B. Helmreich

William B. Helmreich
The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking Guide
(Princeton University Press, 2018)

Photo of book: The Manhattan Nobody Knows: An Urban Walking GuideBill Helmreich walked every block of New York City ― six-thousand miles in all ― to write the award-winning The New York Nobody Knows. Now he has re-walked most of Manhattan ― 721 miles ― to write this new, one-of-a-kind walking guide to the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. Drawing on hundreds of conversations he had with residents during his block-by-block journey, The Manhattan Nobody Knows captures the unique magic and excitement of the island and highlights hundreds of facts, places, and points of interest that you won't find in any other guide.

The guide covers every one of Manhattan's 31 distinct neighborhoods, from Marble Hill to the Financial District, providing a colorful portrait of each area's most interesting, unusual, and unfamiliar people, places, and things. Along the way you'll be introduced to an elderly Inwood man who lives in a cave; a Greenwich Village townhouse where Weathermen terrorists set up a bomb factory; a Harlem apartment building whose residents included W.E.B. DuBois and Thurgood Marshall; a tiny community garden attached to the Lincoln Tunnel; a Washington Heights pizza joint that sells some of the biggest slices in town; the story behind the "Birdman" of Washington Square Park; and much, much more. An unforgettably vivid chronicle of today's Manhattan, the book can also be enjoyed without ever leaving home ― but it's almost guaranteed to inspire you to get out and explore this fascinating metropolis.

Helmreich is a professor of sociology at The Graduate Center and City College.

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Submitted on: DEC 11, 2018

Category: Faculty Books