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A Five Boroughs Story Raymond Rodriguez's days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend, so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash. David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way―he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens―but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation, since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret. Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence―he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

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Marley Sims

Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 4f Sunset Park is a contemporary comedy/drama that takes place in Brooklyn, New York. The main character is Evelyn Horowitz, a widow in her seventies who lives by herself and is a part-time teacher. Her apartment building is going co-op, but she can't afford to buy in and cannot, by law, be asked to leave. When, her middle-aged children, Carol and Roger, hear about it, they realize that there's money to be made in the long run: a long-term tenant has to be offered the apartment at a below market-value price and, eventually, the place can be "flipped" for a sizable profit. And that's when the problems start - when money enters the picture, conflicts arise and old secrets come out.

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Paul Auster

Miles Heller tiene veintiocho años y a los veinte desanudó los lazos que lo unían al mundo que hasta entonces había conocido. Abandonó la universidad, se despidió con nocturnidad y una breve nota de sus padres, dejó Nueva York y nadie ha vuelto a saber nada de él. Desde entonces, ha rodado por lugares y trabajos poco cualificados, moviéndose siempre en ese oscuro espacio entre el suelo y el primer peldaño de la escalera laboral y social. Ahora vive en Florida y trabaja para una empresa, al servicio de los bancos de la zona, que se encarga de vaciar las viviendas de los desahuciados que en plena crisis no pudieron seguir pagando su hipoteca, y las prepara para una nueva venta. Miles no tiene ambiciones, vive con lo mínimo, mantiene relaciones muy escasas con la gente y con el mundo y sus únicos lujos son los libros, que compra en ediciones baratas, y la cámara digital con la que documenta a los fantasmas. Si algo ha logrado en estos siete años, ha sido poder vivir en un presente perpetuo, sin deseos y sin futuro. Y habría seguido así si no fuera por una chica, Pilar Sánchez. La conoció en un parque cuando ambos estaban leyendo El gran Gatsby. Es, precisamente, la edad de Pilar, una menor. Y como Miles puede ir a la cárcel por su relación con ella, cuando la feroz, codiciosa hermana de Pilar comienza a chantajearlos, él vuelve a Nueva York para esperar allí la mayoría de edad de la joven. Su vuelta es el retorno al pasado y a sus secretos; a su padre, un brillante editor; a su madre, una actriz implacablemente seductora hasta con su hijo; y a su madrastra, una intelectual cuyo juicio no pudo soportar. Pero es también la vuelta al mundo, a la comunidad de Sunset Park y a sus compañeros okupas; a la vida, con todos sus horrores y esplendores.Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

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Dana Mansfield

We need to talk. This phrase spoken by Ben to his longtime love Laurie changes their lives drastically. He uses those words to springboard his intent to leave her and their childhood neighborhood in Memphis. Sunset Park is just as much engrained in their souls as their horrific childhoods they survived with each other’s help.Ben returns to Sunset Park five years later amid the impending festivities of his cousin’s wedding. He has an ulterior motive other than walking Jamie down the aisle – he wants to make amends with Laurie. This goal is a delicate one as both of them are fragile from Ben’s actions that fateful April night five years earlier. After a scare, they make the complicated attempt to reconcile their relationship and move forward. However, an old mystery resurfaces from their five years apart that threatens not only Ben and Laurie’s hopes but also their lives.

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Paul Auster

A New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author of Invisible and The New York Trilogy comes a new novel set during the 2008 economic collapse. Sunset Park opens with twenty-eight-year-old Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed houses in Florida, the latest stop in his flight across the country. When Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he finds himself fleeing once again, going back to New York, where his family still lives, and into an abandoned house of young squatters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Woven together from various points of view―that of Miles's father, an independent book publisher trying to stay afloat, Miles's mother, a celebrated actress preparing her return to the New York stage, and the various men and women who live in the house―"Auster seems to carry all of humanity inside him" (Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe).

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This book presents three independent bodies of work by Henry Wessel (born 1942), each being a precise sequence arranged to give the viewer the experience of what it felt like to pass through the territory described.The first series, Traffic, shows Wessel’s photos of drivers stuck in traffic as he commuted in the early 1980s from Richmond, California, to San Francisco in the morning rush hour. Wessel records the determination, impatience and blank boredom of his fellow drivers as they navigate a daily drill that seems at times daunting and hopeless. Sunset Park is Wessel’s series of night photos of the modest working-class neighborhood of Sunset Park in Santa Monica. Over four years in the mid-1990s, Wessel captured the nocturnal transformation of suburbia into a strange, sometimes eerie, landscape. In his words, “you can’t help but notice how the world is reconfigured by the lights at night. The spot lighting of particular areas, the lack of ambient light, the unnatural way that shadows are cast, all take us to an unfamiliar place….” Wessel’s final series, Continental Divide, takes the viewer on a ride from the dense, suburban flatlands of the Midwest, up across the Rocky Mountains, and down into the sparse desert landscape of the American West. Wessel depicts its houses, shacks, street corners and the highway, reminding us of the inherent aesthetics of the everyday.

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In 1994, the modest neighborhood of Sunset Park in Santa Monica, California, had not yet been built up into what it is now. To all outward appearances, it resembled the Sunset Park of the 1940s, when Douglas Aircraft brought 40,000 factory workers to the district. Henry Wessel (born 1942) arrived in Sunset Park from New Jersey in the 1970s, while staying at a friend’s house in that area. “It was like being in paradise," he wrote. "The light was so sharp, you could see the edge on everything. I got off the plane and I wanted to photograph everything that was there―I couldn’t stop.” Wessel went on to photograph in Sunset Park for decades, capturing this daylight on his trips to Los Angeles. Over time he became fascinated with the neighborhood’s night-time transformation into something out of a Raymond Chandler novel. The photographs published in this book are the definitive edit of this project, which took four years to complete. Their descriptive content co-exists with an expressive, almost noir-ish quality, simultaneously offering photographic fact and evoking narrative speculation.

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Dana Mansfield

After making the monumental decision to start a family and then becoming pregnant, Ben and Laurie lose their little baby boy just days before he was due. They decide that having a family was not meant for them. Enter eleven-year-old Katie Blumen. Katie is alone in the world after her mother passed away years earlier and she lives with her mother's former husband and current wife. Katie is not treated right but she tries to keep a positive outlook. Ben and Laurie befriend her which sets them on a path they once thought not possible. But before Katie can become theirs, she goes missing. Will Laurie and Ben ever have the family they want so much?

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Marion Palm

This book tells how a group of immigrants from Finland founded the fi rst co ops in our nation focusing on one in a group of associations that are organized around Sunset Park a New York City public park with an outlook over the harbor that is located on the highest hill of this neighborhood from the perspective of a Swedish American fi rst generation person accepted by the Finns This is an inside look into how one co op has functioned adapting with the growth of Brooklyn and New York City While it is tempting to want to examine each of the co ops and compare how they are similar and differ from one another it is more important to focus on how they cooperated with each other to remain independent and are able to adapt to changes This book is organized into chapters that focus on different aspects of co op living and includes a Patriotic Tour at the end to help the reader understand why it is important to be all inclusive when writing history and important also to put new residents in the very spots where history happened even if the original spot has been changed over time

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Paul Auster

Miles Heller tiene veintiocho anos, y a los veinte desanudo los lazos que lo unian al mundo que hasta entonces habia conocido. Ahora vive en Florida y trabaja para una empresa que se encarga de vaciar las viviendas de los desahuciados que en plena crisis no pudieron seguir pagando su hipoteca. Y saca fotos de todas las cosas abandonadas, registra las huellas de esas vidas dispersas. No tiene ambiciones; sus unicos lujos son los libros y la camara digital con la que documenta a los fantasmas. Y habria seguido asi de no haber sido por una chica, Pilar Sanchez, menor de edad. Y como Miles puede ir a la carcel por esa relacion, vuelve a Nueva York para esperar alli la mayoria de edad de la joven. Es un retorno al pasado y a sus secretos, a la comunidad de Sunset Park y a sus companeros okupas. / Miles Heller is 28, he lives in Florida and works for a company that is responsible for emptying the homes of the evicted. He takes photos of all the abandoned things, recording the footprints of these scattered lives. He has no ambition and his only luxuries are his books and his digital camera. He would have gone on like this had it not been for a girl, Pilar Sánchez, who is underage. Miles goes back to New York to wait until the young girl turns 18. This is a return to his past and to his secrets, to the community of Sunset Park and his fellow squatters

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Peg McCartt Hess

Since its establishment in 1978 the Center for Family Life has been an integral source of assistance to immigrant families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a community struggling with poverty, unemployment, health issues, drug-related problems, youth gang activity, a housing shortage, and oversubscribed schools. This book is a narrative of the development of the Center and its relations with the surrounding community.With its unique combination of community-rootedness and clinical sophistication, the Center serves as a programmatic model for other family service contexts. Underlying the Center's programs and the staff's interactions with families is a philosophy and theoretical orientation that embraces clients in a shared sense of responsibility for change, focuses on all family members and on families as systems, and emphasizes the developmental and the expressive.Almost 30% of the community's children and youth are participating in one or more Center services over the course of a year. Such services include after-school childcare, summer camp, creative and performing arts programs, recreation, youth development and parent education, employment programs for adults and youth, comprehensive emergency services to meet family needs for food, clothing, and financial assistance; individual, family, and group counseling; and neighborhood foster care. The authors supply case studies and supporting theoretical material, and discuss the implications for professional practice, education, research, and policy that can be derived from studying the Center's experience.

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Paul Auster

"Sunset Park" beschreibt die Hoffnungen und Sorgen einer unvergesslichen Schar von Menschen, die in den dunkelsten Zeiten der jüngsten ameri­kanischen Wirtschaftskrise zusammenkommen: ein rätselhafter junger Mann, der wie besessen Trümmer fotografiert; eine kühle Cineastin mit Hang zum Androgynen; ein politischer Aktivist, der in seiner Klinik für kaputte Dinge Artefakte einer verschwundenen Welt repariert; eine Malerin erotischer Themen; eine einst gefeierte Schauspielerin, die sich auf ihr Comeback am Broadway vorbereitet; ein Kleinverleger, der versucht, seinen Verlag und seine Ehe zu retten.Die dramatischen Ereignisse, die das Schicksal von Austers Helden verbinden, kulminieren in einem besetzten Haus im heruntergekommenen Stadtteil Sunset Park, Brooklyn, und sie zeichnen ein bewegendes Bild des heutigen Amerika und seiner inneren Dämonen. Dieser Roman ist eine emotionale und politische Tour de Force – am Puls der Zeit und dunkel glänzend.