IMPERIAL NEW YORK: Destruction and Disneyfication under Emperor Giuliani

IMPERIAL NEW YORK: Destruction and Disneyfication under Emperor Giuliani Page 101 Book Review Destruction and Disneyfication under Emperor Giuliani Eric Rofes Times Square Red, Times Square Blue Samuel R. Delany New York: New York University Press, 1999. xviii + 203 pp. $19.95 Cities are attractive to people because of the pleasures the city holds. —Samuel R. Delany During the early 1970s, as a Harvard undergraduate, I became a habitué of Boston’s leather bars, especially Herbie’s Ramrod Room, adjacent to the bus depot in Park Square, and the Shed, a few doors from the Huntington Avenue YMCA. Neither was situated in an upscale neighborhood like Beacon Hill or the Back Bay. Instead I was forced to walk through the Combat Zone, Boston’s counterpart to New York’s Times Square, past peep shows and adult theaters, and navigate the Fenway, at that time a primarily residential neighborhood occupied by seniors, students, queers, and aging hippie refugees from the 1960s. My suburban, middleclass upbringing had warned me about life in the naked city. The messages I had heard about poor people, prostitutes, drugs, and street violence told me to rush through these neighborhoods with great trepidation. While my Ivy League life directed me to sherry hours and literary talks, my sex http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

IMPERIAL NEW YORK: Destruction and Disneyfication under Emperor Giuliani

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Page 101 Book Review Destruction and Disneyfication under Emperor Giuliani Eric Rofes Times Square Red, Times Square Blue Samuel R. Delany New York: New York University Press, 1999. xviii + 203 pp. $19.95 Cities are attractive to people because of the pleasures the city holds. —Samuel R. Delany During the early 1970s, as a Harvard undergraduate, I became a habitué of Boston’s leather bars, especially Herbie’s Ramrod Room, adjacent to the bus depot in Park Square, and the Shed, a few doors from the Huntington Avenue YMCA. Neither was situated in an upscale neighborhood like Beacon Hill or the Back Bay. Instead I was forced to walk through the Combat Zone, Boston’s counterpart to New York’s Times Square, past peep shows and adult theaters, and navigate the Fenway, at that time a primarily residential neighborhood occupied by seniors, students, queers, and aging hippie refugees from the 1960s. My suburban, middleclass upbringing had warned me about life in the naked city. The messages I had heard about poor people, prostitutes, drugs, and street violence told me to rush through these neighborhoods with great trepidation. While my Ivy League life directed me to sherry hours and literary talks, my sex

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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