Nightshift NYC

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University of California Press, Nov 10, 2008 - Business & Economics - 270 pages
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New York is the city that never sleeps. This luminous book peels back the cover of darkness over the city as it hums along in the night, revealing a hidden world populated by the thousands of women and men who work and live the nightshift. Written with beauty and grace, "Nightshift NYC "weaves together cultural critique, vivid reportage, and arresting photographs to trace the inverted logic of the city at night. Russell Leigh Sharman and Cheryl Harris Sharman spent a year interviewing and shadowing fry cooks and coffee jockeys, train conductors, cab hacks, and dozens of others who keep the city running when the sun goes down. Investigating familiar places such diners and delis, they explore some less familiar ones as well-taking us on a walking tour of homelessness in Manhattan, onto a fishing boat out of Brooklyn, and into other little-known corners of the night. Traveling past the threshold of voyeurism into the lives of real people, they depict a social space entirely apart-one that is highly structured and inherently subversive. Together, these stories open a compelling view on contemporary urban life and, along the way, reveal the soul of the city itself.
 

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Through conversations over the course of a year with hospital workers, cab drivers, restaurant employees, deckhands, bodega owners, transit workers, homeless outreach service providers, and others who ... Read full review

Contents

Nightfall
1
One Big Family
15
Ill Take My Chances on the Nightshift
29
Our Own Little City
44
A Stillness
57
Stay Awake
65
You Have to Give Up Something
75
Fulfilling My Dreams
87
Everyone Is the Same DownThere
145
The Real Hard Core
155
Im Here All Night
166
Night Boat Weekends
181
Night Fishing
188
Different Fish Different Places
202
Here Is Not My Home
219
Daybreak
231

I Dont Know Where Is the Keys
97
All Night on the Street
111
Call It a Night
121
I Just Work Here
126

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About the author (2008)

Russell Leigh Sharman, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brooklyn College, is author of The Tenants of East Harlem (UC Press). Cheryl Harris Sharman is a writer and researcher whose work has appeared in The Lancet, the Miami Herald, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.

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