Around the block: the business of a neighborhood
In Around the Block, Tom Shachtman makes Adam Smith's "invisible hand" visible in the daily life of a number of small businesses in an ordinary, middle class block in New York City. Looking at The Block's economic life over the course of a year, Shachtman explores the everyday tragedies and triumphs hidden from view behind the shop windows and in offices. Behind the abstractions of economists, a single block in the Chelsea section of Manhattan is the stage for the personal commitments and risks of small business-a father commits suicide so that his business can avoid bankruptcy; a Korean liquor store owner finds himself caught between tow worlds; a computer game programmer leaves her job and risks her career for an idea of her own. Shachtman puts a human face on the challenges that businesses weather every day. We see how small business is integral to America's national health, responsible for job growth while building social ties in a country mired by polarization. In this very human story about work and community, Tom Shachtman writes not the economics of textbooks and graphs buth the stuff of our lives.
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Prologue Slipping into the Stream
The Back of One Is the Face of Another
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18th Street ACT-UP Alan American Barneys become block Blockbuster boutique building Cahners capital chain Chanin Chelsea Place CityKids clothing Cola's corner of 18th cost Coudouys customers delis depot diner door Eigen Eighth Avenue employees enterprise entities entrepreneurs expansion firm floor Food/Bar Gear Holdings gentrification GMHC half House of Cheers Hwang Isetan lease loans Louis Nelson Luongo Macy's Madri manager Manhattan manufacturing Maxwell Lumber mental merchandise messenger million move neighborhood Nynex operation owners partners Pasta Pot percent Pino Postal Service Pressmans purchase Raymond Dragon real estate renovations rent residents restaurant retail Risdell says Schnur seems sell Seventh Avenue Sixth Avenue small businesses smaller Solco sort space storefront Taylor's trucks Upper East Side Viacom Video Blitz Waldon warehouse Wayne Huizenga window women York City