A quirky memoir by a longtime resident, with glances at his city's history and bits of travel lore all rolled into one. Weird and surprising facts that will interest visitors and resident alike.
Readers will learn
how the Statue of Liberty almost didn't happen;
how the author found the sacred in the city, attended his dying partner, and learned the Charleston on You Tube;
how mobsters shared the corridors of the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel with the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor and an ex-president;
whose funeral caused an all-day riot;
which flashy modern hotel would-be suicides should avoid at all costs, and why;
and how the author had an affair with a Broadway chorus boy (if the Cardinal Archbishop of New York could do it, so could he).
Plus Mohawks, hustlers, scams and cons, wigmakers and crematory managers, racoons in Central Park, Trump Tower, cholera, and the Beatles. A fun book, but with some serious moments.
New York is the most exciting city in the world. The author wants to share it with everyone.