Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner
If you like comics (or Sequential Art, as Eisner likes to call it), and even if you don't, check out Will Eisner's Dropsie Avenue. It gives an intriguing look into the life cycle of a single New York neighborhood. It covers over 100 years of the life of a street in the South Bronx, starting with a Dutch farming family complaining about the English moving in next door, through the 1970's, when (according to Eisner in the introduction), over 60,000 fires were reported between 1975 and 1980 (read the book to find out why).
A lot of people complain about the Russian influx in my area... A lot of Italians and Irish who forget what it must've been like for them when they first arrived and displaced whoever was here before them. It's weird how you get something like a Chinatown and a Little Italy - which basically serve the same cultural purpose - or served.
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