Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Toni Schlesinger


Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories

  • Title: Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories
  • Author: Toni Schlesinger
  • ISBN: 9781568985855
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback



A op house, a pumping station, a maid s room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Lorainejust a few of the places New Yorkers call home For the past eight years writer Toni Schlesinger has been bringingus these conversation places in her weekly column in the Village VoiceA op house, a pumping station, a maid s room, a homeless center, a former brothel, a Richard Meier building, a circus trailer, a sail boat, a skyscraper, buildings named Esther and Lorainejust a few of the places New Yorkers call home For the past eight years writer Toni Schlesinger has been bringingus these conversation places in her weekly column in the Village Voice Through her incisive questioning, original writing, and comic parallel reveries, Schlesinger creates miniature documentaries on the lives, passions, hopes, and heartbreaks of many of New York City s millions.Five Flights Up chronicles people living in New York s extremes, occupying 150 square foot spaces, paying over half their income for rent, living eight in an apartment, and taking showers in twos to save time These are people who make movies in their living room and then sleep in it later Theysurround themselves with their baby teeth, with 500 volumes of Moby Dick, plaster rabbis, birds nests, 30 modernist chairs, 50 loaves of Wonder Bread, and In Schlesinger s hands,their stories are much than novelties.Artists, actors, dancers, librarians, social workers, bus boys, bankers, porn stars, au pairs, urban planners, bakers, shamans, masseuses, web designers, and students come alive when they discuss where they came from and where they re going Each interview is a vivid and insightful portrait, revealing the creative energy, camaraderie, desperation, and hope that fuel the daily lives of people in New York and everywhere.


Recent Comments "Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories"

One of my best presents ever(thanks linda!). Wonderful cure if you're missing nyc and/or suffering from an inability to commit to long narratives. I picked it up thinking I'd read for a bit before bed and ending up flipping page after page, devouring column after column (Five Flights is a collection of the author's Shelter columns that first appeared in the Village Voice), unleashing my inner-voyeur and going to sleep way too late. See, anyone can visit nyc, hop on a Big Apple tour bus and 'do t [...]

Interesting, although I occasionally thought that the writer inserted herself and her thoughts too much. And she was a little too pleased with her writer-liness when she did. But overall, a really fascinating subject.

Interesting vignettes of New York Apartment living. Found the author to be pretentious and way to wordy.

like new

It's amazing what sorts of conditions people willingly endure.

Cool concept, but started to lose interest about 2/3s through.

enlightening stories of how we have managed to survive throughout the years, inside and outside our 500 or so, rented square feet. competing for said space itself is a whole other survival story

it is incredible how cheap people bought nyc places for, the author is kinda annoying in her questions

nice to browse through. interesting snapshots of dwellings in the city.


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