Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem

This remarkable exploration of the underbelly of New York City life from 1880 to 1930 takes readers through the city's inexhaustible variety of distinctive neighborhood cultures. Slumming in New York shows how the city's rich and poor, foreign-born and native-born, competed for a voice from such diverse vantage points as the East Side waterfront, the Bowery, the Tenderloin's \u0022black bohemia,\u0022 the Jewish Lower East Side, and mythic Harlem.Investigating a wide range of New York \u0022slumming\u0022 narratives in which mainstream outsiders write about marginalized urban insiders, Robert M. Dowling shows how literary works transformed moral threats into cultural treasures.