My lost city:
February 16, 2005 9:59 AM Subscribe
My lost city: Low Life
author Luc Sante reminisces about a youth spent in the ruins of 1970s New York:
"... when I was a student at Columbia, my windows gave out onto the plaza of the School of International Affairs, where on winter nights troops of feral dogs would arrive to bed down on the heating grates. Since then the city had lapsed even further ... if you walked east on Houston Street from the Bowery on a summer night, the jungle growth of vacant blocks gave a foretaste of the impending wilderness, when lianas would engird the skyscrapers and mushrooms would cover Times Square."
Sante talked about the period a bit more in a 2004 interview
with The Believer
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