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145th Street: Short Stories
A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who starts having prophetic dreams after her father is killed; Kitty, whose love for Mack pulls him back from the brink; and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he's still around to enjoy it. Some of these stories are private, and some are the ones behind the headlines. In each one, characters jump off the page and pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5.86% (9)
"That's what 145th Street is like. Something funny happens... and then something bad happens. It's almost as if the block is reminding itself that life is hard, and you have to take it seriously." Walter Dean Myers's book of interconnected short stories is a sweet and sour mix of the comedy and tragedy of the human condition, played out against the backdrop of the Harlem neighborhood that is centered around 145th Street. In this 'hood, teens will become acquainted with the mysterious 12-year-old Angela, whose sad dreams seem to predict the future for an unlucky few, and the fast-talking Jamie Farrell, a smooth basketball player who's praying that his streak of good luck doesn't end before he can ask out Celia Evora, "the finest chick in the school." They will chuckle at the affable Big Joe, who wants to enjoy his funeral party while he's still alive, yet feel their hearts tighten when Big Time Henson senses his drug addiction drawing him closer and closer to an early grave.
Myers frankly discusses the consequences of violence, drive-bys and gang war through his articulate characters, but tempers these episodes with such a love of his fictional community that every character shines through with the hope and strength of a survivor. Changing his point of view from teen to adult and back again through each vignette, Myers successfully builds a bridge of understanding between adolescents and adults that will help each group better understand the problems of the other. A worthy and recommended read that beautifully illustrates the good that can come out of a community that stands together. Newbery Honor-winning Myers has written more than 50 books, including Monster and Fallen Angels. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
59 East 79th Street Building
John H. and Caroline Iselin residence, Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States The stylistically unusual town house at 59 East 79th Street, built in 1908-09 for John H. and Caroline Iselin, was designed by the architectural firm of Foster, Gade & Graham with an eclectic combination of Northern Renaissance and French Classic forms. The building is representative of the large town houses erected on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the early years of the 20th century as this area became the most fashionable residential quarter of the city. The Upper East Side of Manhattan began to be developed as a residential neighborhood in the 1860s when simple brownstone rowhouses were constructed in the area. These homes were built on speculation and sold to middle-class families. Until the last years of the 19th century the Upper East Side remained a stable middle-class community. Most of the city's wealthiest families still lived below 59th Street, but as commercial activity expanded in that area the elite families moved farther north. During the twenty-five year period between about 1390 and the beginning of World War I, opulent town houses replaced the older brownstone residences. Grand mansions were built on Fifth Avenue and stylish new town houses appeared on the side streets east of the Avenue. Many of the old houses were demolished to make way for new dwellings, while others had their original facades replaced by stylish new fronts. The John H. Iselin Residence is typical of the townhouses constructed during this period of intensive redevelopment. Two earlier brownstone houses, built c. 1877, stood on the site. These were purchased by John and Caroline Iselin In 1903. They then commissioned the architectural firm of Foster, Gade & Graham to replace them with a single new residence. The family of John H. Iselin, a socially prominent lawyer, lived at 59 East 79th Street until 1919. In 1919 Norman Davis (1878-1944) moved into the house. Norman Davis had been a successful broker in Cuba before entering the employ of the Treasury Department in 1917. as an expert on foreign loans. in succeeding years Davis acted as an emissary for Presidents Wilson, Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt. For President Wilson, Davis served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Under-Secretary of State, and Acting Secretary of State. Davis was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Ambassador at Large and in 1938 Roosevelt appointed him chairman of the American Red Cross. In 1942 Davis war. appointed to the Civilian Defense Board, and in 1943 he was elected presida.it of the Council on Foreign Relations. The Iselin Residence is a five-story structure faced with buff brick that is enlivened by limestone detailing. The house has an English basement plan with a granite base and an entrance set above a short flight of steps Both the segmental-arched entrance with its iron and glass doors and similar window opening to the left are recessed within smooth stone enframemants. On the second floor, tall crisply-carved stone enframements enclose paired, French-inspired cartels carved with garlands which are legated above the window openings. These openings were probably originally fitted with French windows (now replaced by multi-paned casement windows) that led onto stone balconies that are ornamented with Northern Renaissance strapwork panels. The shorter third-floor windows are recessed within enframets' similar to those below. A blank, recessed stone panel set above these windows gives further emphasis to the third story. Each vertical pair of windows on the second and third floors is unified by a continuous band of stone blocks that are keyed to the brickwork. This contrast between the brick facade and the keyed stone enframements resembles a design effect created by Henry Hardenbergh in his Northern Renaissance-inspired designs, such as the rowhouses at 15A-19 and 41-67 West 73rd Street (1882). A raised paneled beltcourse separates the lower floors of the house from the fourth story with its keyed window enframements. A stylized key stone at each enframement gives emphasis to this story, preventing it from being obscured by the shadow of the denticulated stone cornice that runs above. This cornice supports a parapet and a mansard roof through with project stone dormers with segmental-arched pediments. With the exception of the replacement of all of the original windows by casements, probably in 1941 when the town house was converted to apartments, the building retains all of its original detailing and serves as a reminder of the important period in New York City's history when the Upper East Side was being built up with private residences for the affluent. - From the 1981 NYCLPC Landmark Designation ReportLunch at the 79th Street Boat Basin, Jul 2009 - 02
This is the "inside" part of the cafe, where we sat. The "outside" part of the cafe is to the right of this picture, as is the Hudson River, and New Jersey on the other side. Just above the arched ceilings is the "roundabout", where cars navigate onto, or off of, the West Side HIghway, and onto (or off of) 79th Street on the West Side of Manhattan. Surprisingly (to me, at least) you can't hear any noise from the cars overhead; the stone construction must be awfully thick! *********************** There's a cafe by the 79th Street Boat Basin, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- nestled into the stone arches of the 79th Street entrance/exit of the West Side Highway. I've walked past it numerous times, during strolls along the river, but I've never had the time or inclination to stop for a snack or a meal. But on this quiet, sunny Fourth of July weekend, it seemed like just the place to go for a relaxing lunch, looking out over the river as people walked by, and boats sailed up and down the Hudson River. After lunch, I couldn't resist the temptation to stroll down to the pier that extends out into the river at 70th Street, part of the landscaping improvements that Donald Trump made on behalf of NYC when he built a row of luxury apartment buildings along this stretch of the west side. After that, I strolled back up past the Boat Basin to 82nd Street, and then back down to 72nd Street again - before exiting from Riverside Park, and heading off to the gym for some additional exercise. And, oh, did I mention that I had my camera with me?
Provoked by the horrors he saw every day, Charles Dickens wrote novels that were originally intended as instruments for social change — to save his country’s children.Related topics:
Charles Dickens is best known for his contributions to the world of literature, but during his young life, Dickens witnessed terrible things that stayed with him: families starving in doorways, babies being “dropped” on streets by mothers too poor to care for them, and a stunning lack of compassion from the upper class. After his family went into debt and he found himself working at a shoe-polish factory, Dickens soon realized that the members of the lower class were no different than he, and, even worse, they were given no chance to better themselves. It was then that he decided to use his greatest talent, his writing ability, to tell the stories of those who had no voice.
A Note from the Author
Dear Amazon Readers:
You know me as the author of nonfiction books for young readers about remarkable children living through dramatic historical events. I’ve written about orphan train riders, pioneer children, orphans escaping the Vietnam War, young people enduring the horrors of the Civil War, and a boy who survived the Nazi death camps. All were ordinary children who became extraordinary when events in their lives demanded it. Why would I write about someone as famous as Charles Dickens?
He too faced difficult odds as a child. When his father was imprisoned for debt, twelve-year-old Dickens had to work in a factory and care for himself. He knew he could become one of the hungry street children he saw every day in London. He had been taught that the poor deserved their miserable fate, but as one of them, he realized that they were held down by the upper classes, who exploited them for their cheap labor.
As an adult, Dickens used his literary gifts to become a champion of the poor. He wrote vividly and feelingly about the lower classes, including poor children like Oliver Twist. With calculated skill, Dickens engaged readers’ emotions, inspiring them to work for changes to better the lives of the lower classes.
Charles Dickens was one of history’s great social reformers. Once you understand how he accomplished this, you’ll read his books in a whole new way.
I hope you find his story as inspiring as I did.
Yours in good reading,
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