In a city where kids often seem far older than their years,
Jennifer Senior explores the evolution of New York childhood, from the wild, free, overworked urchins of the turn of the last century to today’s hyperscheduled and carefully coddled youth; a gaggle of 5-, 9-, and 12-year-olds share their thoughts on living here now; while 39 of the city’s most notable sons and daughters—Larry David, Mark Ronson, Antonin Scalia, Whoopi Goldberg, and so many more—share memories of their formative years.
Plus: Which hotel would Eloise inhabit these days? An illustrated homage. And four centuries of kids who made the news—for writing novels, suffering terribly, being little geniuses, or altering the fate of a playoff game.
On the Covers: Courtesy of Spike Lee; Wallace G. Levison/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images (1887); Cornell Capa/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images (1948).
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