A city that is so vibrant with a history that you never get tired of learning and exploring. New York is special it has a magical quality and so many people come here every day just to see the landmarks, the magnificent buildings, many places like Coney Island that brings back memories of the arcade games I played with my dad or the carousel that my sister loved with my mom. Memories are precious and author and photographer Elizabeth Crowens brings it all back with her photographs, her pictures, the faces with different expressions, the black and white as contrasted by the color and the stories that bring it all home. Reed Farrel Coleman’s introduction sets tone and sharing his life in Coney Island and of course reminding me of the great Nathans and I loved the Chow Men Sandwiches, the rides, the fun and the Parachute jumps, he lived as she state how Coney Island displayed its day as a badge of honor and it did not try to hide the scares where the price of its once glorious self had been cut out. Even more he uses this this setting in his novels.
The photos that capture expressions, the seasons, the ones encased in film or what looks like negatives, the night sky and even the rundown areas bring the city alive in so many ways. The young children on the street, the boat and the sad expression some looking like that we are all alone and the stories that are true to life and shared by the outstanding authors. The Fishmonger is one of my favorites as the author has the main character discussing life with salmon and other fish to related what is right or wrong with humans. The story the salmon talks about changing his life, his direction and leaving freshwater reminds me of so many people that remain stagnant and never leave their homes because of the fear of the unknown or they are settled in their ways and environment. This story teaches many lessons and lets you know there are so many opportunities out there will Sam take the one he’s given at the end? The faces and actions in the apartments, the outdoor dining and the San Gennaro Festival the variety shop and the smoke and the snowy path as people walk by on a cold and cloudy day. Children on a subway horsing around, Fulton Street Farewell and the story by Charles Salzberg , he shares about his own journeys and life. The colorful pictures the fires, which look alive, the outside dining, the many vendors and the street fairs and markets that’s New York but my favorite of course is the one with books. Everyone seems in a rush and has a destination. Their expressions are different and this book highlights why New York is so unique. The faces of a city that never sleeps. The faces of real people each having a goal, a purpose and some not sure. Slices of New York in the eyes of the photographer. When you read this book each one of you will come away with their own take, their favorite story and get enveloped in the past, present and who knows what the future will bring.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews
Nice review! As an upstate NYer, I am looking forward to reading this one myself!