We’ve picked the best books about life during different eras of vintage New York–and all of them evoke the squalor, glamor and societal pressures of their time.
Many people wish they could visit a decade they didn’t live through, if only for a day, to experience the sights, sounds and fashions of a lost age. With these books, you will be transported there, whilst still enjoying the benefits of clean water and antibiotics.
Kafka was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir by Anatole Broyard (1949)
Kafka was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir by Anatole Broyard is a hilarious, poignant memoir, observing life as a member of the Beat Generation after WWII. Broyard deftly describes the artists and writers including Anais Nin, WH Auden and Dylan Thomas–who populate the then-grubby, down-at-heel Greenwich Village.