The View from Apartment Four.
The View from Apartment Four
77 Street Press
9781733156301, $16.95, PB, 376pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: New York in the 1960s featured the Upper West Side as a diverse community, with free July Fourth fireworks, elite performances at Lincoln Center, and reasonably priced apartments and restaurants, albeit tainted by a rate of crime that inspired one Saul Bellow character to compare the neighborhood with Sodom and Gomorrah.
Jump forward to the new millennium. While gentrification rendered those same streets safe, it also made housing too expensive for the working class and replaced dozens of pizza and barbecue favorites with fancy eateries and more sources of high-priced ice cream than anyone needs.
"The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York" by Skip Rozin is the story of that change as viewed up close and personal from a one-bedroom apartment, second floor front. And while the accompanying narrative is by the tenant, "The View from Apartment Four" deftly connects with all those others drawn to New York to prove themselves in that most competitive of environments--in the arts, fashion, business, and sports as over time, they saw their situations change, and their priorities, putting their city lives in jeopardy.
"The View from Apartment Four" engagingly presents an intimate picture of the impact of these changes on Skip Rozin goes from being single to a married father of four, then joins those other New Yorkers forced to leave the city by taking on adult responsibilities avoided in our youth--all while pursuing his work-a-day career as a writer.
Critique: An inherently fascinating, impressively written, thoughtful and thought-provoking account, "The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York" is a unique, extraordinary, and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The View from Apartment Four" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).