Books: Street Scene

THE WORLD OF JOHN McNULTY (357 pp.)—John McNuIty—Doubleday ($4.50).

It is just 18 months since the pillars of New York's Third Avenue "El" were torn down and replaced by a system of greenstuff, which a few of the older or more traveled natives claimed to be able to identify as trees. Before this alarming change, Third Avenue clearly was New York's most hardened artery, and its mile or two in midtown Manhattan is still largely given over to antique stores and saloons, the real antiques being the saloons. In these is preserved a way of life that belongs more to a...