New York: More Polyphyletic Than Profound

The World Series was over. The World's Fair had shut down. With the reappearance of strikebound newspapers, New Yorkers became interested again in their unceasingly intriguing city. In the last weeks before the Nov. 2 city election, they even started caring about their mayoral campaign. As beer drinkers on Third Avenue all agreed, it was a hard one to figure. In more fashionable circles, the word for the contest was "polyphyletic," or multi-ancestral—and it was still hard to figure.

New York City's diverse and massive ethnic groups give politicians nightmares and pollsters...

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