in a New New York
At the dawn of a new millennium, New York is again an immigrant city. In the last four decades, more than two and a half million immigrants have settled in New York City. They come, in the main, from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia, although sometimes it seems as if every country in the world is represented. In 1970, 18 percent of New York City's residents were foreign-born, the lowest percentage of the century. By 1998, immigrants constituted over a third of the city's population, fast approaching levels at the turn of the twentieth century. How have the new immigrants affected New York City? And, conversely, how has the move to New York influenced their lives?
This collection of original essays addresses these two main questions. The volume's approach to the new immigration is two-pronged: it combines “micro” and “macro” levels of analysis. Case studies explore the move to New York from the immigrants' viewpoint, analyzing the way New York has influenced their social and cultural worlds and the consequent emergence among them of new meanings and new patterns of behavior. The essays also demonstrate that the city itself