Digging in NY's urban underbelly

Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York by Sudhir Venkatesh. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

7th September, 2013
Shoppers pass a homeless woman on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York. Photo: Getty

Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New York

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nyone who's been to New York even for a short visit will be well aware of the rich/poor disparity that slaps you in the face every few minutes. Homeless men pushing wheelbarrows of their personal belongings along some of the most expensive streets in the world. Untidy-looking deathburger stands doing business right outside dazzling corporate buildings. Multiple amputees begging yards from...

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