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Brooklyn's Sportsmen's Row : Politics, Society and the Sporting Life on Northern Eighth Avenue

ISBN: 9781609492731 | 1609492730
Format: Paperback
Publisher: History Pr
Pub. Date: 11/6/2012

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In an era when horse racing reigned supreme and Brooklyn was at its very center, a remarkable collection of turf legends came to reside along one small stretch of northern Eighth Avenue in the exclusive neighborhood of Park Slope. Here along Sportsmen’s Row, the lives of the sportsmen and those of their neighbors—men of prominence and distinction in theater, law, industry and politics—came together in surprising and unexpected ways. Though the public saw a block dominated by the celebrities of the age, behind closed doors of Sportsmen’s Row a more subtle narrative played out: of infidelity, gambling, excess, and—fame aside— a world strictly ordered and preordained by social class.

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