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Habitats
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There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but there are also nearly three million dwelling places, ranging from Park Avenue palaces to Dickensian garrets and encompassing much in between. The doorways to these residences are tantalizing portals opening onto largely invisible lives.  Habitats offers 40 vivid and intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, their apartments, their mansions, their lofts, and as a whole presents a rich, multi-textured portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city. 
 
These essays, expanded versions of a selection of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, take readers to both familiar and remote sections of the city—to history-rich townhouses, to low-income housing projects, to out-of-the-way places far from the beaten track, to every corner of the five boroughs—and introduces them to a wide variety of families and individuals who call New York home. These pieces reveal a great deal about the city’s past and its rich store of historic dwellings. Along with exploring the deep and even mystical connections people feel to the place where they live, these pieces, taken as a whole, offer a mosaic of domestic life in one of the world’s most fascinating cities and a vivid portrait of the true meaning of home in the 21st-century metropolis.
 
Constance Rosenblum, most recently the author of the Habitats column published in the Real Estate section of The New York Times, is the longtime editor of the paper’s City section and a former editor of the Times’s Arts and Leisure section. She is the author of Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope Along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Untitled
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Starting Out
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  1. 1 His Hacienda in the Sky: BORIS FISHMAN ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE (June 21, 2009)
  2. pp. 17-21
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  1. 2 A Single Man Buys a Home for Someday: STEVE CHUNG IN CARROLL GARDENS, BROOKLYN (July 4, 2010)
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. 3 Very Bushwick and Very Fabulous: BEN SHAPIRO AND HIS FRIENDS IN BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN (July 18, 2010)
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  1. 4 Southern Shimmer: DANIEL AND DASHA FAIRES ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE (November 29, 2010)
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  1. Starting Over
  2. pp. 35-35
  1. 5 The House of Open Arms: FILIPP AND RAYA KATZ IN BATH BEACH, BROOKLYN (February 7, 2010)
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. 6 Her Cottage by the Sea: AMY GOTTLIEB AND HER FAMILY ON CITY ISLAND (February 28, 2010)
  2. pp. 41-45
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  1. 7 Here I Am. And Here We Are.: ROBBIN BROSTERMAN AND BENNO SCHOBERTH IN LENOX HILL (July 25, 2010)
  2. pp. 46-50
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  1. Living with Ghosts
  2. pp. 51-51
  1. 8 The House That Saved His Life: PETER MARCHETTE AND HIS FAMILY IN LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS (August 9, 2009)
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  1. 9 And for Compensation, the View: PAUL MOAKLEY ON STATEN ISLAND (December 27, 2009)
  2. pp. 57-61
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  1. 10 The Domestication of a Dive: JOEL HINMAN AND HIS FAMILY IN NOHO (February 14, 2010)
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. 11 A Man and His Miscellany: JOHN FOXELL ON STATEN ISLAND (March 19, 2010)
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. 12 A Beach Bungalow with a Magnetic Pull: SUSAN ANDERSON IN FAR ROCKAWAY, QUEENS (October 24, 2010)
  2. pp. 72-77
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  1. 13 The Almost Landless Gardener: CATHY FITZSIMONS IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS (February 25, 2011)
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  1. 14 Lair and Sanctuary in the South Bronx: CAROL ZAKALUK AND JOHN KNOERR IN MOTT HAVEN, THE BRONX (March 18, 2011)
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  1. Creative Types
  2. pp. 89-89
  1. 15 The Traveling Circus Stops Here: SETH BLOOM AND CHRISTINA GELSONE IN WEST HARLEM (July 5, 2009)
  2. pp. 91-94
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  1. 16 For a Writer, a Home with a Hideout: ROXANA ROBINSON AND HER HUSBAND ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE (July 12, 2009)
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  1. 17 Where Wit Pays the Rent: CAROLITA JOHNSON AND MICHAEL CRAWFORD IN INWOOD (November 22, 2009)
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  1. 18 The Art of Sparkle: ELIZABETH LEWIS IN MURRAY HILL (December 9, 2009)
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  1. 19 Her Second Home, the One without Wheels: KIM IMA IN THE WEST VILLAGE (February 21, 2010)
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  1. 20 Magic Moments: RORY FELDMAN AND HIS MOTHER IN HOMECREST, BROOKLYN (June 27, 2010)
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  1. 21 Caretakers of a Culture: LULU LOLO AND DAN EVANS IN EAST HARLEM (August 22, 2010)
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  1. 22 Paradise Found: JOAN SNYDER AND MAGGIE CAMMER IN PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN (May 16, 2010)
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  1. 23 Trim Jim Creates a Masterpiece: ANNE LANDSMAN, JAMES WAGMAN, AND THEIR CHILDREN ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE (December 27, 2009)
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  1. Old Stomping Grounds
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  1. 24 Ensconced in the Bronx: JOSÉ DIAZ-OYOLA ON THE GRAND CONCOURSE IN THE BRONX (July 19, 2009)
  2. pp. 137-141
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  1. 25 Over the Family Store, Staff Quarters: MARY GANNETT AND HER SONS IN COBBLE HILL, BROOKLYN (July 26, 2009)
  2. pp. 142-146
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  1. 26 With Sky and the Weather for Neighbors: BARBARA McCALL AND HER FAMILY IN SOUNDVIEW, THE BRONX (August 30, 2009)
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. 27 A Hand-Me-Down Home: KIM STOLZ ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE (October 11, 2009)
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  1. 28 The Leader of the Cheers: RENEE FLOWERS AND HER SON IN BOERUM HILL, BROOKLYN (January 10, 2010)
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  1. 29 A Moment of Remarkable Optimism: NICK AND SALLY WEBSTER ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE (June 20, 2010)
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  1. 30 Elastic Elegance: ALISON WEST IN KIPS BAY (July 11, 2010)
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  1. 31 Elephants for Luck: BHARATI KEMRAJ AND HER FAMILY IN SOUNDVIEW, THE BRONX (August 15, 2010)
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  1. 32 A Young Life: ELIZABETH WEATHERFORD AND MURRAY REICH IN SOHO (September 26, 2010)
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  1. 33 The Rebel Girl of Borough Park: MARY SANSONE IN BOROUGH PARK, BROOKLYN (January 30, 2011)
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  1. Palaces and Jewel Boxes
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  1. 34 For a Family, Elaborate Elbow Room: TED BROWN AND HIS FAMILY ON STATEN ISLAND (June 28, 2009)
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  1. 35 Enter, Hammering: STURGIS WARNER IN THE EAST VILLAGE (November 8, 2009)
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  1. 36 Pocket-Sized on West 47th Street: JONATHAN CERULLO IN HELL’S KITCHEN (April 25, 2010)
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  1. 37 Ardent Admirer, Devoted Steward: GEORGE BURKE ON STATEN ISLAND (December 19, 2010)
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  1. Nesting
  2. pp. 207-207
  1. 38 Kitten Heaven: TAMMY CROSS AND HER KITTENS ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE (September 13, 2009)
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. 39 With Family Built In: JENNIFER ACOSTA AND HER FAMILY IN WOODHAVEN, QUEENS (April 11, 2010)
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  1. 40 Threading the Needle on West 12th Street: NANCY SMITH, JOHN CASEY, AND THEIR DAUGHTERS IN THE WEST VILLAGE (April 18, 2010)
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 223-223
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