Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Toni Schlesinger


A flop condo, a pumping station, a maid's room, a homeless heart, a former brothel, a Richard Meier development, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, structures named Esther and Loraine quite a few of the locations New Yorkers name domestic. For the earlier 8 years author Toni Schlesinger has been bringing us those "conversation locations" in her weekly column within the Village Voice. via her incisive wondering, unique writing, and comedian parallel reveries, Schlesinger creates miniature documentaries at the lives, passions, hopes, and heartbreaks of a lot of ny City's thousands.

Five Flights Up chronicles humans dwelling in New York's extremes, occupying 150-square-foot areas, paying over part their source of revenue for hire, dwelling 8 in an residence, and taking showers in twos to save lots of time. those are those who make videos of their lounge after which sleep in it later. They encompass themselves with their child the teeth, with 500 volumes of Moby Dick, plaster rabbis, birds' nests, 30 modernist chairs, 50 loaves of ask yourself Bread, and extra. In Schlesinger's palms, their tales are even more than novelties.

Artists, actors, dancers, librarians, social staff, bus boys, bankers, porn stars, au pairs, city planners, bakers, shamans, masseuses, net designers, and scholars come alive after they talk about the place they got here from and the place they are going. every one interview is a bright and insightful portrait, revealing the inventive power, camaraderie, desperation, and wish that gas the day-by-day lives of individuals in ny and everywhere.

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