Five Flights Up: and Other New York Apartment Stories

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Chronicle Books, Apr 17, 2012 - Architecture - 320 pages
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A flop house, a pumping station, a maid's room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Loraine—just a few of the places New Yorkers call home. For the past eight years writer Toni Schlesinger has been bringing us these "conversation places" in her weekly column in the Village Voice. Through her incisive questioning, original writing, and comic parallel reveries, Schlesinger creates miniature documentaries on the lives, passions, hopes, and heartbreaks of many of New York City's millions
 

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"I knew rooms were just a lot of stage sets," Schlesinger writes of taking on the Village Voice "Shelter" column in 1997. The drama taking place behind New Yorkers' drawn curtains, Schlesinger reveals ... Read full review

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Contents

Pods
2
Four and a Half Inches
4
Das Boot
6
Maids Room
8
Small Bed
10
Musée de Barb and Beth
12
AlI I Care About Is Location
14
We Fit Two Hundred
16
NEIGHBORHOODS
161
Green Thumb
162
Leopold and Loeb
164
Mothers Cocktail Hour
166
Park Slope Afternoon
168
Turtle Diary
170
Dumpling House
172
Ten Pieces of Kielbasa
174

1000 Rooms
18
GIANT
21
Biggest Ball
22
Biggest Hall
24
All the World
26
Pay by the Inch
28
Crashing the Walls
30
Mansion
32
MONEY
35
Everybody Pays
36
The Price of Noise
38
Wall Street
40
Those Fearless Fosdicks
42
School of Business
46
Rise Up
48
Something Wonderful
50
The Arrangement
52
The Road North
54
The Grant
56
Daddy
58
ZOO
61
Mommala
62
Big as Pencils
64
Theyll Never Break Skin
66
Cock of the Walk
68
Help Me Kill the Bug
70
A Lot of Homicide
72
Cloven Hooves
74
Her
76
The Chihuahua and the Echidna
78
A Cup of Tea
80
WATER
83
The Sea Is His Mistress
84
Sea of Love
86
Early Man
88
Coney Island Blue
90
Call Me Ishmael
92
The Baths
94
LIGHT
97
Blinding Light
98
Vermeer Light
100
When the World Turns Pink
102
Before Shabbos
104
Camera Obscura
106
Inner Light
108
Kodachrome
110
JOURNEY
113
Miss Lutsky Called
114
Ninetyeight Apartments
116
Thirty Years
118
The Gray Area
120
No Locks No Ceilings
122
Strippers and Cults
124
Those Grifters
126
Child Journey
128
Fire Betrayal and Murder
130
SIX Fires
132
IMMIGRANTS
135
La Página de los Niños
136
Okra and Foie Gras
138
Chopin Borscht
140
Au Pair
142
Basically the Same
144
My Ears Are Painted On
146
I Am Everything There
148
You Need Something Big
150
Mimosas
152
The First on the Block
154
Harrison Ford
156
Red Shoes
158
Mr Softee
176
Where the Rich People Live
178
Buried Treasure
180
Moonys on the First Floor
182
Old School
184
CALLING
187
Five Flights Up
188
Cinecitta
190
HipHop Forever
192
Sacramental Cactus
194
Bhagavan Dass Room
196
The Scientologists
198
Gods Plan
200
SOPHISTICATES
203
Porn Star
204
Eskimo Horror
206
Gauloises
208
Salt Furniture
210
Tiger Lily
212
The Planners
214
Bougainvilea
216
FANTASTIC
221
Foreign Legionnaires for Dinner
222
Dancing Shoes at Home
224
The Models Say
226
La Belle Époque
228
Jan Finds the Taboo
230
The Sweet Life
232
Purple Petunias
234
One Thousand Rhinestones
236
Shibori
238
Famous Chairs
240
Baby Teeth
242
HAUNTED
245
In the Dark
246
Gimme Another
248
Madonna Coming Out of the Bathroom
250
Springtime in the Rockies
252
Matts Grandmother
254
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
256
Moan
258
Back from the Dead
260
MISSING
263
The Murders
264
The Man Who Wasnt There
266
Margos Couch
268
Lost Placenta
270
Long Gone
272
Pearl Street Mystery
274
Reservation for September 12
278
Let Me Tell You about Robert De Niro
280
Wartime
282
Recurring Dream
284
Ill Never Forget
286
Crough Patrick
288
UTOPIA
291
Diamonds on the Walls
292
LChaim
294
The Woman Next Door
296
Ticking Clock
298
Nehemiah
300
Richard Meiers Westbeth
302
The First Lady
304
A NORC
306
Housing Works
308
No Hot Plates
310
Entertaining the Ringmaster
312
The Future
314
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
317
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