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Downtown: My Manhattan by Pete Hamill
Downtown is Pete Hamill's homage to his beloved Manhattan. He gives us a walking tour from its southern tip up to 42nd Street, detailing not just the history and anecdotes of the city, but his history with the city as well. He describes New York as an ever-changing city, creating constant nostalgia for what it used to be. Yet as it constantly reinvents itself, it creates new memories for new residents. It's a tour that encompasses historical figures from Peter Stuyvesant to Boss Tweed to Thelonious Monk and explores its restaurants, theaters, newspapers, and saloons. Downtown has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "When Mr. Hamill does the explaining, it somehow makes sense. And wherever he leads, in this beautifully written, sharply observed and heartfelt guide and memoir, readers should simply follow."