Friday, November 5, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday

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.

Firehouse by David Halberstam
"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.


Katy said...

Thanks for participating Carin! This book intrigues me--my hubby is a firefighter (though not in NYC).

Sorry my post didn't go up when it was supposed to much earlier today!! I'm adding your post to my link-up right now.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, that's a nice and lengthy opener...it packs a lot of info into it, too. I can totally visualize the neighborhood.

I've never been to NY, but I've seen so many movies and read a lot of books set there, so sometimes I feel as if I have been! (My son lived there for awhile, working on a project, and had an apartment on Central Park West). From his descriptions, I can't imagine it being "poor" either.

I guess the time of this particular book might be a clue...back in the day, perhaps.

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