Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

A bit wordy but perhaps necessarily so to pack in as much detail about the life of the underclass in historical New York. Burgeoning full of stories of slums, gangs, prostitutes, freak shows, immigrants, actors, bohemians, drinkers, brawlers, cops, and more. Filled with fascinating tidbits like the fact that Victoria Woodhull ran for president in the 1872 race on the Equal Rights ticket, with Frederick Douglass as her VP candidate.
Sante’s afterword a picture of New York in the 1970s, the abandoned, decaying city, that began to turn around once Reagan was elected.