In the 1980s, video stores sold eighteen inch statues with oversized heads of celebrities from music, TV and film. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Esco Products of Brooklyn fabricated hundreds of different figures, from Groucho Marx to Louis Armstrong.
The mixing of entertainment and news can be traced back to the penny press, but the
for the model of New Yorker style personal journalism, we might look to The Spectator
column from the nineteenth century magazine The Outlook.
Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival has been the backdrop of multiple movies, including Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, where an intern got to spin cotton candy.
Living in the city sometimes means dealing with neighbors whose music might be great at a club, but not so great coming from an adjacent apartment.
Before phone books emerged in the late nineteenth century, many U.S. towns had city directories. In recent years, cell phones and the internet have made printed directories obsolete.