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The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

The Devil’s Playground is classic and colorful American history, from the first years of the twentieth century through the Runyonesque heyday of nightclubs and theaters in the 1920s and ’30s, to the district’s decline in the 1960s and its glittering corporate revival in the 1990s.

INTRODUCTION

PART ONE - THE RISE AND FALL OF FUN

Chapter 1. THE CHILDREN OF NECESSITY

Chapter 2. THE FOUR HUNDRED MEET THE FOUR MILLION

Chapter 3. NOTHING BUT GIRLS

Chapter 4. SKY SIGNS

Chapter 5. “BUY 18 HOLES AND SELL ALL THE WATER HAZARDS!”

Chapter 6. THE PADLOCK REVUE

Chapter 7. “COME IN AND SEE THE GREAT FLEA CIRCUS”

Chapter 8. A WORLD CONQUERED BY THE MOTION PICTURE

Chapter 9. THE POKERINO FREAK SHOW

PART TWO - MAKING A NEW FUN PLACE

Chapter 10. SELTZER, NOT ORANGE JUICE

Chapter 11. SAVING BILLBOARD HELL

Chapter 12. DISNEY EX MACHINA

PART THREE - CORPORATE FUN

Chapter 13. A MIRROR OF AMERICA

Chapter 14. YOUNG HAMMERSTEIN MEETS DARTH NADER: A DIALOGUE OF THE DEAF IN FIVE ACTS

Chapter 15. DEFINING DEVIANCY UP

Chapter 16. ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE ANIMATRONIC T. REX ROARS

Chapter 17. PLAYS “R” US

Chapter 18. THE DURSTS HAVE SOME VERY UNUSUAL PROPERTIES

Chapter 19. A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME

Chapter 20. à LA RECHERCHE DES FRIED CLAMS PERDUS

Chapter 21. ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR

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