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Sign Up Log In. Walker, the son of a politically connected Irish-American family, had close ties with the entertainment world, cutting a public figure as an enthusiastic participant in the city's nightlife.
Nonetheless, as Peretti points out, it was Walker who launched a number of moralistic campaigns to limit and regulate lewd performances and immoral conduct in nightclubs. Here the author misses an opportunity to delve deeper into the social and political distinctions between vices such as gambling, prostitution, alcohol consumption, and transgressive sexuality.
Why were certain vices at least privately legitimate among Tammany politicians, while other emergent forms of sexual subjectivity--not to mention interracial socialization--were a greater cause for concern? In any case, while the economy boomed during the s Walker was able to successfully navigate between a celebration of Manhattan's nightlife and attempts to regulate and restrict it.
Minsky’s Burlesque – History of New York City
However, with the stock market crash, and investigation into Tammany corruption led by Samuel Seabury, Walker was forced from office. If Walker's attitude toward nightclubs was ambiguous and at times contradictory so was that of his most notable successor in city hall, Fiorello LaGuardia. LaGuardia came to office in at the head of a Fusion ticket that brought together Republicans and Reform Democrats opposed to Tammany. As such LaGuardia was politically associated with anti-vice elements and the tradition of Progressive Era urban reform.
In coordination with his re-election campaign, LaGuardia launched an anti-burlesque initiative, speaking out against what he termed "commercialized filth" that saw many of the city's theaters closed down. Nonetheless, Peretti contends that La Guardia shared with Walker "a love of urban leisure and the performing arts" and thought seriously about cultural politics p.
McKinney Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Though many of the old nightclubs of the late s had shut their doors with the onset of the Depression, by the late s nightclubs were once again emerging as an important and significant part of Manhattan nightlife. Here Peretti's explanation for the roller coaster fortunes of nightclubs would have been aided by the use of financial documents such as bankruptcy records, and more quantitative data on the numbers of nightclubs opening and closing between and Though Peretti utilizes a number of archival materials for the book, most of his sources come from periodical literature and other published sources.
Much of what Peretti has to tell us is not new but he does a very fine job of connecting political scandal with the dynamic social milieu of Manhattan in a detailed and insightful way. As such Nightclub City is an important addition to the literature on New York and the social world of leisure and entertainment that emerged between the wars.
The Points Interview: Burton Peretti
Citation: David Churchill. Review of Peretti, Burton W. H-Urban, H-Net Reviews. March, For any other proposed use, contact the Reviews editorial staff at hbooks mail. Reviewed by David Churchill Department of History, University of Manitoba Published on H-Urban March, Politics Out on the Town The idea of the nightclub--those liminal social spaces of possibility replete with contraband gin cocktails, jazz orchestras, and transgressive sexuality, all housed within rooms of gilded art deco--is a captivating vision of American urban culture between the wars.