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"The thing which in the subway is called congestion is highly esteemed in the night spots as intimacy." ¶ "A cool statistical outline of what America had to offer . . . would never have filled the emigrant ships. A rainbow was needed—a land where the roads were paved with gold, where every man was as good as everybody else, where every man's native-born son had a fine chance to be elected President. No colonization without misrepresentation."

These observations appeared last week in a provocative new book about New York titled No Mean...