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As Times Suare turns 100 New York Times Magazine contributing writer James Traub tells the story of how this mercurial district became one of the most famous and exciting places in the world The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history from the first years of the twentieth century through the Runyonesue heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and ’30s to the district’s decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990sFirst Traub gives us the great impresarios wits tunesmiths newspaper columnists and nocturnal creatures who shaped Times Suare over the century since the place first got its name Oscar Hammerstein Florenz Ziegfeld George S Kaufman Damon Runyon Walter Winchell and “the uee. I read this as research for a historical fiction contest I hoped to enter but I didn t get very far before I realized that I wasn t going to finish the book much less my story before the deadline That put a real damper on my enthusiasm for the book but I regained it in the second half As has happened before with books that cover a broad swath of history the closer the book got to my lifetime the I appreciated itThe book is about the history of Times Suare and 42nd Street which were marketed as separate entities when 42nd Street turned into New York City s center for porn peep shows and prostitution The book begins with the birth of Broadway as a theatre district but even in its golden age Broadway always had elements just skirting the edge of conventional morality Ziegfeld s Follies were the first to push the envelope and the heart of legitimate theatre remained Greenwich Village for a long time It took a while for a Eugene O Neil play to be produced on Broadway but when it was it was a sign that Broadway was no longer just for low and middle brow musical extravaganzasThe decline of theatre began in the 1950 s with the advent of television Why pay Broadway prices when you could be entertained at home for free The peep shows filled the commercial gap of that empty real estate which attracted the lowest elements of society The Beat poets loved hanging out there precisely for that reason To those expatriates of suburbia the seamer side of life was the only authenticity The Beatnik connection was complete news to me I always thought they preferred the VillageWith the urban decline of the 1970 s the porn district of 42nd Street was so out of control it might even have shocked the Beatniks I grew up in New York in the 70 s and 80 s and I remember knowing as a teenager that West 42nd Street was a place to be avoided In my college years I couldn t avoid Port Authority because I d travel to and from school over there and so I got to see 42nd Street for myself It was as disgusting as I d always been told I d also been warned that pimps prey upon young na ve women at Port Authority Nothing like that ever happened to me but I did prove my naivet by getting conned out of my last few dollars over there one timeAnd then came the cleanup though plans for it were under way for decades Mayor Koch rejected the Disneyfication plan saying New York would lose too much of its uniue character But Mayor Giuliani embraced the plan legislating that porn shops could only operate at a certain distance from one another which ended the concentration that made the neighborhood so distasteful Now the Disneyfication of Times Suare is complete The Beatniks would probably vomit at what it looks like now but as far as this New Yorker is concerned it s a much safer place to stand outside waiting for a busIf you like theatre history you might like this book Ditto if you have any interest in the development of New York The research is thorough and the writing is mostly engaging though some chapters bored me Donald Trump gets three mentions in the book once in comparison to a media hound of early Broadway once for gaudy architecture and once as a statue at Madame Tussaud s The book was published in 2004 the author as well of the rest of us never could have dreamed that he would ever become president As for my own attempt at historical fiction I think I might have done better with two of the books the author cited in his acknowledgements Oh well I certainly learned a lot Zelenbabini darovi of how this mercurial district became Ruthless one Skandal na simpoziju of the most famous and exciting places in the world The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history from the first years Dear Girls Intimate Tales Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life of the twentieth century through the Runyonesue heyday Hired To Love of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and ’30s to the district’s decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990sFirst Traub gives us the great impresarios wits tunesmiths newspaper columnists and nocturnal creatures who shaped Times Suare Poslednja stanica Britanija over the century since the place first got its name Oscar Hammerstein Florenz Ziegfeld George S Kaufman Damon Runyon Walter Winchell and “the uee. 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Entieth century through the 1950s Times Suare was the whirling dynamo of American popular culture and increasingly an urban sanctuary for the eccentric and the untamed The name itself became emblematic of the tremendous life force of cities everywhereToday Times Suare is once again an awe inspiring place but the dark and strange corners have been filled with blazing light The most famous street character on Broadway “the Naked Cowboy” has his own website and Toys “R” Us calls its flagship store in Times Suare “the toy center of the universe” For the giant entertainment corporations that have moved to this safe clean and self consciously gaudy spot Times Suare is still very much the center of the world But is it still the heart. Really interesting take both on city planning philosophy of the built environment and a history of Times Suare Somewhat out of date now but still a fascinating read Divan Of Rudaki of American popular culture and increasingly an urban sanctuary for the eccentric and the untamed The name itself became emblematic Choice Stories for Children of the tremendous life force Öbür Divan of cities everywhereToday Times Suare is Summary of Homo Deus once again an awe inspiring place but the dark and strange corners have been filled with blazing light The most famous street character Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes on Broadway “the Naked Cowboy” has his The Teams Milking Cow own website and Toys “R” Us calls its flagship store in Times Suare “the toy center Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) of the world But is it still the heart. Really interesting take both Zenith on city planning philosophy A Pale Light in the Black of the built environment and a history Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves out Spieserye of date now but still a fascinating read

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N of the Nightclubs” Texas Guinan; bards like A J Liebling Joe Mitchell and the Beats who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps of 42nd Street He describes Times Suare’s notorious collapse into pathology and the fierce debates over how best to restore it to lifeTraub then goes on to scrutinize today’s Times Suare as no author has yet done He writes about the new 42nd Street the giant Toys “R” Us store with its flashing Ferris wheel the new world of corporate theater and the sex shops trying to leave their history behindMore than sixty years ago Liebling called Times Suare “the heart of the world” not just the center of the world though this crossroads in Midtown Manhattan was indeed that but its heart From the dawn of the tw. What is it with folks who write for the New Yorker publishing books that claim to be stand alone works but are in actuality simply a collection of the articles they ve written for the New Yorker expanded and stitched together with rough yarnAll of that said I enjoyed the read immensely regardless of the patchwork feel of the thing Traub does a nice job of presenting the history of Times Suare if a little spotty on some of the details of certain uninteresting erasOne feels nostalgic for the bygone era before television killed the urban gathering place A gathering like the two million who congregated in Times Suare on August 14 1945 would now likely take place on Fox News CNN and Facebook And one feels the loss of that sense of communityOne also realizes that Broadway is a relatively modern invention And that it has never been about uality profit Always profit Traub writes It seems a strange irony that the uality of theatrical writing improved markedly as the cultural power of theater declined but perhaps it s no irony at all As Broadway lost its status as the proving ground for national culture where plays were hatched to be distributed to the hustings theater became an increasingly local medium needing to please only a local and of course a sophisticated audience Movies took on the burden of suiting the lowest common denominatorI disagreed with Traub s placement of the early musicals ie Oklahoma as literary schlock designed to peddle songs there is very little similarity to the kind of musicals that started with Oklahoma and the musical revues of decades prior a mistake that shows Traub is thinking as an urban historian than a music historian And Traub is of a mind that Times Suare is now inauthentic because crime and vice are under control somehow to Traub a place is not real unless there are drug deals arrests and porn vagrants and hustlers and prostitutes could not be tolerated or accepted as the price of authentic urban life if the streets were to be made welcoming to respectable folk but how could you eradicate whatever was pathological about 42nd Street and its environs without at the same time eliminating everything that made it worth caring about in the first placeI m not a New Yorker so I can t claim that I understand exactly where Traub is coming from and intellectually I see his point but the idea that making a place safe kills its soul seems incongruous Perhaps cleaning it up creates a different soul But clean safe and entertaining does not necessarily make a place soulless Except when it does HmmmI also found highly amusing the genesis of the idea that Times Suare meant lots of lights and signs there was a time when urban planning and zoning decried the signs as pure trash but now you cannot build in Times Suare without including signs the rules are very strict The Great White Way must remain though it is less white now in many waysThe main point of the second half of the book seems to be the development of our idea of populism and how it has changed over the years Sadly populism is now corporate culture Our idea of populism was whatever it is people would choose for entertainment in their spare time it reuired that we be non judgemental said Rebecca Robertson a public official tasked with revitalizing Times Suare in the 1980s Traub goes on to comment with obvious distaste Once you choose to be nonjudgmental in matters of taste you will eventually find common ground with the eually nonjudgemental purveyors of mass culture So redevelopment planners are at a disadvantage The 42nd Street Development Project was designed to make the block attractive to private developers who would lease most of the space on the street Public officials would establish design guidelines but the marketplace would decide who would occupy the space And the marketplace was going to supply the lowest common denominator So we get Applebee s and Toys R Us instead of authentic businesses Architect Kevin Kennon says The big problem that architects have faced is how to energize a public space So much of what used to be public activity has now been superceded by television the Internet videoconferencing You re trying to say that a life exists in the public realm that s not virtual but because that virtual part of us is so ingrained in us we have to work with it in order to reengage the real world Traub goes on to elaborate So the task in other words was to revitalize that old sense of Times Suare as an agora a happy urban welter even as entities like Morgan Stanley were turning Times Suare into the central switchboard of the global information network to harness the abstract bit stream world in the service of the face to face world that it seemed bent on eradicatingPeople call this kind of development process Disney fying a place but there s great irony in that Disney s true involvement in Times Suare redevelopment is one of the most authentic Disney re created the archaic splendors of the New Amsterdam Theatre and has used it to present The Lion King an exercise in avant garde puppetry that has confounded the company s critics with its insistent modernity and its unmistakable stamp of individual authorship Yet Tom Schumacher president of Disney Theatrical Group says Personally as a guy who supports the arts works in the arts spent my life doing it for me personally to produce a play is very interesting but when I think of what I need to do for the company it makes sense to do things with a great return Disney and Clear Channel responsible for most of the Broadway tours face issues of scale that necessarily change their calculations investments are not worth making if they can yield only a modest profit And the imperative of mass appeal sharply limits one s options in theater as in every other art form neither Clear Channel nor Disney is likely to nudge theatergoers every far from their comfort zone because there s simply not enough money in discomfortSo art and profit will never meet And the entertainment that will survive will be the one that stuffs the most money into people s pockets And places like Times Suare will always reflect that relationship between art entertainment and profit For better Or for worseAnd one can t help but wonder how our current ideas of populism will fare perhaps someday when populism is so virtual that there is no sense of carbon based community we ll feel nostalgia for the big touring musicals and Applebees because at least back in the day people got out of their houses and saw each other in the flesh once in a while And then some urban planner will be tasked with recreating the suburban shopping mall as the great gathering place And it will be decried as inauthentic because you just can t bring back Claire s and Target without making them a parody of themselvesHmmm Lets Be Just Friends Just Friends of the Nightclubs” Texas Guinan; bards like A J Liebling Joe Mitchell and the Beats who celebrated the drug dealers and pimps Kad žene popizde of 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  • The Devils Playground
  • James Traub
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  • 10 December 2018
  • 9780375759789

10 thoughts on “The Devils Playground

  1. says:

    I read this as research for a historical fiction contest I hoped to enter but I didn’t get very far before I r

  2. says:

    More like 25 stars The idea is fascinating trace the history of Times Suare from its humble beginnings to the giant corporate billboard that is today I appreciated some of the earlier chapters but got bogged down with his writing style The book just got boring the longer it went on I did learn some useful information but think it

  3. says:

    54321Happy New YearOut with the old in with the newIn James Traub’s The Devils Playground the history of Times Suare and the infamous side streets are explored in a factual sometimes philosophical manner Beginning in 1902 when the owner of

  4. says:

    What is it with folks who write for the New Yorker publishing books that claim to be stand alone works but are in actuality simply a collection of the articles they've written for the New Yorker expanded and stitched together with rough yarn?A

  5. says:

    Times Suare as a Policy DocumentIf you want an insight into 'the devil's playground' of Times Suare as the title would suggest; maybe read Last Exit to Brooklyn or watch Taxi Driver or Midnight Cowboy If you want to know about the real estate

  6. says:

    Interesting well written history of New York's most famous public space Published in the early 2000s the book is a bit dated in spots for instance much space is devoted to the opening of the Toys R Us Times Suare flagship store which closed in 2016 but certainly still worth reading

  7. says:

    This was impossibly dull The story was so interesting but the writer focused on dull pieces and got caught up in his own tics It was so difficult to get through as he droned on and on Endless pages on Toys R Us for crying out loud

  8. says:

    Really interesting take both on city planning philosophy of the built environment and a history of Times Suare Somewhat out of date now but still a fascinating read

  9. says:

    Didn't keep my interest like I thought it would Well researched and if you are a fan of New York City this would be a great read But for me I just couldn't stay interested

  10. says:

    Okay it’s out of date 2004 but it’s history so it’s good until that point and since most of the landmarks he talks about are still doing a thriving business I’m not having a problem with itTimes Suare simply put is the Icon of America itself almost as much as the White House For than a hundred years it has been the center of the world the image people have when they think of New York or Broadway or important theater This is where

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