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New York City folklore : legends, tall tales, anecdotes, stories, sagas, heroes and characters, customs, traditions, and sayings

Author: Benjamin Albert Botkin; Carl H Pforzheimer
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1956.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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New York City folklore.
New York : Random House, ©1956
(OCoLC)574503622
Online version:
New York City folklore.
New York : Random House, ©1956
(OCoLC)610268148
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Albert Botkin; Carl H Pforzheimer
OCLC Number: 1019488
Notes: "First printing"--Title page verso.
Description: 492 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: STRANGER'S GUIDE --
"A nice place to visit" --
Seeing New York --
Talk New York --
What Brooklyn laughs at --
"Everything outside of Broadway is Bridgeport" --
What's up? --
Live and let live --
TWENTY-FOUR-DOLLAR ISLAND --
What the Indians thought of the Dutch --
Indian account of Henry Hudson's visit to Manhattan Island --
The name "Manhattan" --
The price of Manhattan --
"Spouting Devil" or "In spite of the Devil" --
The storn ship --
"Old Silver Nails" --
The ghost of Peter Stuyvesant --
How "Coney Island" got its name --
The "East" and "North" rivers --
Captain Kidd on Wall Street --
The legend of Captain Billopp --
Mrs. Murray's Madeira --
METROPOLIS IN THE MAKING --
The high stoop --
Why the north-south streets are wide apart --
Brillât-Savarin's drinking bout --
The great Center Market hoax: "Sawing the island off" --
Barnum and the glorious fourth --
Beecher's slave auction --
Tweed, the sailor, and the water-throwing contest --
The christening of the little church around the corner --
Humor of the blizzard of '88 --
The first steel skeleton skyscraper --
STRUGGLES AND TRIUMPHS --
The Astor story --
The commodore --
Daniel Drew's handkerchief trick --
The Erie --
W. H. Vanderbilt's Park Avenue pasture --
J. P. Morgan wipes out a deficit --
Hetty Green --
Cool operator: Jim Fisk speeds the parting passenger --
A. T. Stewart --
Macy's --
Brooks Brothers' "see-you" customers --
How Lane Bryant was born --
The missing Wanamaker label --
Sherry never disappoints a patron --
PEACOCKS ON PARADE --
Peacock Alley --
The hyphen --
Mrs. Astor's ball --
The Seeley dinner --
Bishop Potter says grace --
"Like a part of the saddle" --
The lost week-end --
Death in the night --
The death of Jim Fisk --
OLD SALOON DAYS --
Why saloons became political centers --
The origin of the corner saloon --
The greatest bartender in America --
Old John McSorley and the oldest saloon in New York City --
The Bronx cocktail --
Tom Flynn's temperance lecture --
The smasher --
Free lunch and the bum's rush --
Third Avenue medicine --
CITY FATHERS, BOSSES AND SERVANTS --
Father Knickerbocker --
Herald of the city --
How Grover Whalen started the ticker-tape welcome --
Seth Low and the law --
Jimmy Walker --
The "little flower" and the pushcart peddlers --
Let the aldermen sleep --
Al Smith --
Tricks of campaign club strikers --
Waring's white wings --
Street name crisis --
Saved from Potter's field --
A cop's yarns --
"Shoo flies" and "Coops" --
The fire laddie's revenge --
High-ladder boys --
SUCKER'S PARADISE --
The country merchant and the city merchant --
A Kentucky colonel in New York --
The talking owl --
Diamond cut diamond --
The ring trick --
Bunco-steering and the sawdust game --
Creep and panel houses --
A gaming hell romance --
Matrimonial brokers of the sixties --
A corner in rusty knives: how George Stivers invented pitch --
"Everybody likes to be humbugged" --
Beggar dodges --
Beckie the malingerer --
The Tiffany man and the blonde --
The locker trick --
Clip joints --
Wilson Mizner on suckers --
"YOU WALK AROUND A CORNER, AND IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD" --
Ellis Island adventures of immigrants en route to points beyond New York --
Suit-hunting avenue --
East side pushcarts --
Knishes and pasteles calientes on Delancey Street --
The Old Bowery from Vauxhall Garden to Big Mose --
Steve Brodie --
Rubberneck stories --
Minutes of the monthly meeting of the Bowery Chamber of Commerce --
"Professor" --
Bowery fairy tales --
Chuck Conners, Mayor of Chinatown --
The mayor of the fish market --
Washington Market --
Garmet center --
The great Columbus Day parade feud --
The four faces of Greewich Village --
Luke O'Connor --
The house of frustration --
Bob Clairmont and his group --
Poetry mender --
Hippolyte --
Joe Gould says, "I am introvert and extrovert" --
"Well, here we are on top of the Empire Sate-" --
When Grand Central Depot was the "end of the world" --
It happens in Grand Central --
Short cut --
Madison Avenue patchwork --
"Matches Mary" --
Broadway Rose --
Toots Shor --
Damon Runyon's ashes --
Numbers in Harlem --
Harlem occultists --
The barefoot prophet --
Harlem house-rent parties --
Market songs of Harlem --
Harlem children's rhymes and gags --
The the West Bronx --
SINS OF NEW YORK --
The Colt case --
The mystery of Mary Rogers --
Red Leary's jailbreak --
Chicago May --
Who killed Kid Dropper? --
The downfall of the "Patchen Avenue Gang" --
The mobster and the night club --
A perfect fit for Frankie Yale --
White powder and white slavery --
How magistrates studied human nature in 1844 --
The "tenderloin" --
Police Commissioner Devery --
Byrnes' third degree --
Inspector Byrnes extracts an inadvertent confession --
The new cop and the streetwalkers --
AN HONEST LIVING --
Yorkville Yard singer --
Chimney sweep --
When trade was musical --
Street girl peddlers --
A New York cartman --
The stage driver makes change --
The horse-cart conductor --
The cabby's "run around" --
The honest junkman --
Dress spies --
Pawnbroker on Eighth Avenue --
Uncle Jim, the sandwich man --
The counterman and the bagel --
"A nickel a shtickel" --
"Wiseguys" --
The tipsy tipper --
Buckers --
Educating the meter --
Hackie's holiday --
The taxi driver and J. P. Morgan --
The hooker --
Blow-outs --
Chapin of the World --
PLAYTOWN AND PLAYBOYS --
Pulling or riding the goose --
Clubbing the cat --
"Saint Nick" --
New Year's calls --
Fun at Coney Island --
Hot dog day at Coney --
Where the walls have eyes --
Six-day bike races --
Charley Ebbets and his field --
Eccentric rooters --
Wilbert Robinson --
Giant fan number one --
"Wake me up when Kirby dies" --
The barker at Huber's --
Get the hook --
"This little French novelty" --
The girl in the champagne bath --
Anthony Comstock and "September morn" --
The St. Regis' prices --
Big spenders --
Arnold Rothstein and Arnold Reuben --
The origin of the Dutch treat club --
From the Algonquin archives --
The girl from Rector's Diamond Jim Brady --
Bet-a-million gates --
Out-of-towners on the town --
Sidewalk superintendents --
EIGHT MILLION STORIES --
The Fire Club plays "follow your leader" --
A fortune in Gulf Stream water --
"No violets for him" --
The murder of David Graham Phillips --
An O. Henry ending --
The wedding of Tom Thumb --
Buffalo Bill in New York --
Morgan's money bags --
Travers and the pet shop man --
He was Caruso --
"C.A.10" --
"Sweet face at the window" --
Mr. McGuire's morning --
The legend of the mausoleum musicale --
Hell's Kitchen --
The gate-crasher --
Pay as you enter --
The ogling corpse --
The man in the middle --
The pigeons on the subway train --
The wooden cat --
The pearl necklace --
Harpo Marx and the doorman --
The dead cat --
The white satin dress --
The Richardson "Spite House" --
Twenty-three skidoo --
Skyscraper contest --
An east side boy buys a suit --
Country boy on the town --
Two hundred and fifty-seven apples --
The bell-ringing fish --
The talking horse --
Casey Stengel and the sparrow --
The library lions --
Bop jokes --
"It's a wonderful town."
Responsibility: edited, with an introduction, by B.A. Botkin.

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