The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City

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Author: Toth, Jennifer

Brand: Chicago Review Press

Color: Black


  • Chicago Review Press

Number Of Pages: 280

Details: Review “Toth pulls the reader into this netherworld. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal"A fascinating book." —A Bookish Affair Product Description Thousands of people live in the subway, railroad, and sewage tunnels that form the bowels of New York City and this book is about them, the so-called mole people. They live alone and in communities, in subway tunnels and below subway platforms and this fascinating study presents how and why people move underground, who they are, and what they have to say about their lives and the “topside” world they’ve left behind. Review Alligators breeding in the sewers of New York City is an urban legend; thousands of people living in the tunnels beneath New York is not. Ms. Toth has written a compelling, compassionate and extraordinary documentary about the "Mole People." From Publishers Weekly Toth's firsthand account of the sad, bizarre subculture of people who live in New York's abandoned subway tunnels and sewage lines. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. About the Author Jennifer Toth is a journalist and the author of Orphans of the Living: Stories of America's Children in Foster Care and What Happened to Johnnie Jordan?: The Story of a Child Turning Violent. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. The Mole PeopleLife in the Tunnels Beneath New York CityBy Jennifer TothChicago Review Press IncorporatedCopyright © 1993 Jennifer TothAll rights reserved.ISBN: 978-1-55652-241-3ContentsAuthor's Note, Introduction, 1 Finding a Home, 2 Seville's Story, 3 Mac's War, 4 The Underground Population, 5 Underground Spaces, 6 The Bowery, 7 Living with the Law, 8 Hell's Kitchen, 9 Children, 10 Roots, 11 Bernard's Tunnel, 12 Tunnel Art, 13 Graffiti, 14 Runaways, 15 Tunnel Outreach, 16 Dark Angel, 17 The Underground in History, Literature, and Culture, 18 Wanderers, 19 Harlem Gang, 20 J.C.'s Community, 21 "City of Friends", 22 Women, 23 Jamall's Story, 24 Blade's Piece, Epilogue, Acknowledgments, Bibliography, Index, CHAPTER 1Finding a HomeHe'd heard about the tunnel. Some months earlier a corpse was found in it, not far beyond the tracks, its face half-eaten by rats, one eye scratched out and punctured with small teeth. The fleshless cheek swarmed with maggots and flies. They said a fat white worm, or perhaps only a maggot, crawled in the empty eye socket, while the other eye stared in unblinking horror. A veteran police officer threw up at the sight of the dead man who was just one of the homeless frequently seen but little known. He never fit into any place or plan. Even in death his body refused to be useful even to medical science. He had been dead only a few days, but his body was too decomposed to determine the cause of death. Or so they said. He might have been killed in a robbery or a drug-crazed beating or from natural causes — as natural as they come to a man of about fifty who had been living on the streets and sought a place to rest. It didn't matter much. There was no one to cry over him or claim his body. All that was left was a burial by prison inmates at Riker's Island in the Island cemetery, a government-issued number, and the folklorish memory of his hideous corpse circulated among the homeless.That story about the tunnel was accepted as truth to him and the other homeless who lived in the area. Now as he enters a dark tunnel away from the tracks, he fears he is entering that corpse's tunnel. He considers working his way back out, past the mounds of broken cinder blocks and clumps of debris and refuge, back to the dark tunnel entrance he had stumbled into in his search for solitude. A moment ago he stood at the mouth of the tunnel silhouetted in the last of the day's red light, not yet committed to the underground. Now he finds himself enveloped in its darkness, his bravery receding with the light as he walks deeper into the tunnel. The dark is not much worse than the night in the city, he tel

Release Date: 01-10-1995


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