The Night Side of New York


Read by Grant Hurlock

(3 stars; 2 reviews)

This nonfiction collection of sketches, by "members of the New York press," takes the reader on a tour of 1866 New York City after dark, with stops along the way to vividly depict scenes ranging from the splendid to the squalid - but focusing largely on the latter! (Summary by Grant Hurlock) (7 hr 22 min)

Chapters

01 - A Fashionable Club House 17:00 Read by Grant Hurlock
02 - The Fashionable Concert Saloon 12:48 Read by Grant Hurlock
03 - Saturday Night at a Pawnbroker's 17:55 Read by Grant Hurlock
04 - The Cheap Theatre - "444" 12:59 Read by Grant Hurlock
05 - A Cock Pit 16:16 Read by Grant Hurlock
06 - At a Free and Easy 15:03 Read by Grant Hurlock
07 - The Dance Houses 26:17 Read by Grant Hurlock
08 - The Police Stations 40:05 Read by Grant Hurlock
09 - The Tombs on Sunday Morning 10:46 Read by Grant Hurlock
10 - The Markets at Night 16:57 Read by Grant Hurlock
11 - Where Germans Most Do Congregate 14:42 Read by Grant Hurlock
12 - A Fashionable Gambling House 8:26 Read by Grant Hurlock
13 - Thieves, Counterfeiters, Confidence Operators, Etc. 23:05 Read by Grant Hurlock
14 - Haunts of the Actors 26:50 Read by Grant Hurlock
15 - Our All Night Eating Houses - By a Flunkey 29:50 Read by Grant Hurlock
16 - The Pugilists 22:20 Read by Grant Hurlock
17 - The "Mediums" 24:14 Read by Grant Hurlock
18 - The Lairs of Misery and Crime 25:43 Read by Grant Hurlock
19 - The Newspapers 13:19 Read by Grant Hurlock
20 - The River Thieves 24:28 Read by Grant Hurlock
21 - An Arion Ball 26:10 Read by Grant Hurlock
22 - A Saturday Night at the Old Bowery 16:47 Read by Grant Hurlock

Reviews

I really liked this

(5 stars)

This is a collection of short pieces, written supposedly by a group of anonymous reporters from New York newspapers. Each piece focuses on a type of venue that stays open late into the New York night, late in the Nineteenth Century. It’s a fantastic little series, describing the eateries, clubs, police stations and theatres: the whole midnight nation of the metropolis.

Listen at your own risk

(1 stars)

Boring, tiresome and, in at least one chapter, endlessly anti-semitic.