Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Between Two Rivers

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Between Two Rivers

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Between Two Rivers, by Nicholas Rinaldi. HarperCollins, June 2004. $24.95

New York City is a megacity that is best known in miniature. Life that happens in the "global" city occurs in miniature "locally" in each borough, in each block, in each building because it is a world in wonderful chaos where the very rich, the very poor, the old money, and the new immigrants come together every day. In Between Two -Rivers Nicholas Rinaldi shows us the humanity of New York by opening the windows to Echo Terrace, an expensive condominium in Battery Park City, and introducing us to the wealthy, often eccentric residents and multinational staff. Battery Park City is built on landfill by the tip of Lower Manhattan-close to the financial district, as well as the Staten Island Ferry and the huge void that was once filled with the towering World Trade Center-the focal point of Lower Manhattan when the story begins in the summer of 1992. …

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