For a book that deals so rigorously with the coarse-grained details of its subject, Brooklyn: The former and future city has an oddly fantastic feeling. Maybe that's because of the cover picture: the steampunk ball from Samuel Friedes Globe Tower. Perhaps it is the card in the book's resolutions that resembles those often found in fantasy novels that suggest miracles and horrors - Dead Horse Bay, Luna Park, Battle Hill. How can such places exist in a modern metropolis? Or, as Campanella asks with authority and verve, and replies: "How did Brooklyn become itself?"
At first, the book appears to be a direct attempt to describe a definitive history of the New York district: an attempt to "exhaust" a place, as Georges Perec put it. There are chapters on water tra...
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