——————————————————————————————————————– Everybody ought to have a Lower East Side in their life.  Irving Berlin 

Robert Iulo has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. After retiring from a career with the City of New York he began writing about his experiences. His work has been published in Epiphany, The Museum of Americana, Story Teller, Gastronomica and others. Robert has had a special feature published in The Mississippi Sun Herald about his volunteer work on the Mississippi Coast after Katrina. He lives in New York City.

Each man reads his own meaning into New York.  – Meyer Berger


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Jews Without MoneyJews Without Money by Michael Gold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michael Gold captures a time and place – the Lower East Side in the early 1900s.


Life Among the SavagesLife Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading ‘We have Always Lived in the Castle’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ I was surprised to see what a normal person Shirley Jackson was. Her memoir is fun to read and also a picture of suburban living in the late 1940s.

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Robert’s bookshelf: memoir



Favorite New York City Books

The Orphanmaster: A Novel of Early Manhattan
Elizabeth Street
The Gods of Gotham
A Walker in the City
The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld
Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City
Christ in Concrete
The Diary of George Templeton Strong
Here Is New York
City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan
In the Shadow of Gotham
How the Other Half Lives
Manhattan, When I Was Young
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement
Up in the Old Hotel
Downtown: My Manhattan
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York
The Gangs of New York
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City