Hidden Cities

Hidden Cities

Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises : A Memoir of Urban Exploration

eBook - 2013
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After moving to New York City and pursuing graduate studies in urban planning, Moses Gates began exploring hidden facets of the city--from visiting abandoned structures and disused subway stops to scaling the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges. The more he experienced and saw, the more his thirst for adventure grew, and soon he was traveling to a dozen countries on four continents, stumbling upon ancient underground Roman ruins, partying in tunnels, sneaking into Stonehenge, and even finding himself under arrest on top of Notre Dame cathedral. Hidden Cities will inspire readers to contemplate the potential for urban exploration available for anyone, anywhere--if they have only the curiosity (and the nerve) to dig below the surface and discover the hidden corners of this world.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2013
ISBN: 1101602767 (electronic bk.)
9781101602768 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 910.91732 GAT
Characteristics: 1 online resource (342 pages) : illustrations (some color)

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Armdis Apr 29, 2014

"Some cities are shallow, some are deep. It's not a value judgement and it doesn't have much of a bearing on how much I like a town. But it's there. Paris is a shallow city. Despite not knowing French and having spent only a few weeks there, I can tell you I know Paris. Maybe not all the nooks and crannies, not all the shortcuts, but I know the city. New York is different. It's deep, but in a very different way from how a city like Naples is deep. New York is almost defined by its transience. This is especially true of Manhattan. Even before colonization it was transient: the local Lenape Indians would set up shop in the summer, do some hunting, and then leave for the winter. More than any other city I know of, knowing New York is a choice:it's all there if you want to put in the work, but it's going to be a heck of a lot of work. And the work never ends. New York changes so fast that you're constantly playing catch-up. Because of this, it's actually the newcomer who knows the city best at any given moment; old-timers are always looking at it from the distorted lens of a city thst'd no longer there." - page 138

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