Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Katy from A Few More Pages. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
"The Upper West Side of Manhattan, just above Columbus Circle, was until recently a relatively poor neighborhood, and some of the veteran firemen at Engine 40, Ladder 35, located at Sixty-sixth Street and Amsterdam Avenue, like to recall how Amsterdam was once the dividing line between an Irish neighborhood to the east and a black neighborhood, just to the west."
For those of us who have lived in NYC recently, this is a fairly amusing thought - that anywhere on the Upper West Side could be a poor neighborhood. It's so gentrified. I have friends who lived 20 blocks north of here who made six figures and still had roommates.