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Paul Auster’s City of Glass Finding “an universal language” by mapping New York City Short Paper PS Literary Studies (Manhattanisms: Literary Topographies of New York City) My final paper will aim to analyse Paul Auster’s “City of Glass” compared to the adapted version of the book into a “graphic novel” by Paul Kasrasik and David Mazzucchelli’s: “Neon Lit: Paul Auster’s City of Glass” which was later reprinted as “City of Glass: A Graphic Novel” First, I will start with a brief introduction about the genre of the “graphic novel” in general…

1.General facts

New York City is situated on the east cost of the United States on the Atlantic Ocean. The Dutch founded it in 1626. They bought the Island Manhattan from the Native Americans and founded a Colony with the name New Amsterdam. In 1646, the English took over the Colony and gave it a new name: New York. Most immigrants from Europe arrived here.

New York City is in the state New York. Today it has a size of 800 square kilometers. 25% of New York are water like the Huston River, East River, New York Bay and Jamaica Bay. So there are many bridges and tunnels to connect the parts of New York. 14% of the city are parks, woods or gardens.

The biggest park is Central Park. with a zoo and a lake. In summer the park is full of joggers, in winter you can go ice-skating. So you can say it is a very green city.

New York has got 8.1 million people. Many of them are immigrants from all over the world. They speak about 80 languages and live in the five Boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The biggest Borough is Brooklyn. Manhattan is the borough with the most skyscrapers.

There are more than 100 buildings that are over 100 meters high in New York, most of them are in Manhattan.

New York´s nickname is Big Apple. More than 30 million tourists come here every year to see the biggest city of the United States.

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2.Describe a photo

The picture shows the ice rink in Central Park in New York.

The picture was taken on a winter day. Everything is full of snow . The sun isn’t shining and the sky is grey. But it isn’t snowing. In the foreground you can see a lot of people. The people are ice-skating. Some of them are children Others are old people. They all wear warm closes in dark colors because it is winter and very cold.

On the left side of the picture you can see a pick-up. It is the only car in the picture.

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In the background of the picture there are trees and bushes. That shows that the scene is in a park. Behind the trees and bushes you can see skyscrapers because Central Park is in the middle of New York. But you can think that you are far away from the city.

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3.A great day in new York

When I woke up on my last day in New York, I was happy to see that the sun was shining and it was warm, but not too hot. that was good because we had a big plan: My family and I wanted to visit Chinatown on the Lower East Side. We lived in a Hotel between Chinatown and Little Italy.

It was very big and the food was delicious. But today my family and I wanted to see what was so special about Chinatown. First, it`s a neighborhood in Manhattan and about 100.000 Chinese live there. So it is the biggest Chinese community in North America. At the Mahayana Buddhist Temple we looked at the great Golden Buddha.

It is more than 16 feet high! And in all the shops and markets we could find everything that reminds you of China, so you needn’t travel there. Hundreds of restaurants invited us. The smell was delicious. And we had the best Chinese meal ever! I couldn’t believe we were in the middle of New York!A map of Chinatown

The entrance of Central Park Zoo

From there we went to the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue. This is a fantastic building. It was built in 1930-1931 and is 381 meters high. Till 1972 it was the highest skyscraper in the world. From the platform on the 102nd floor I had a great view of New York City. I saw the other skyscrapers and a lot of yellow cabs on the streets.

This is a construction worker on the Empire State Building in 1930.

The Empire State Building today The Statue of Liberty

340 words4.My opinion

Many people dream of living in New York because there are interesting museums for example the MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum. You can also see famous sights like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. This is only one of the many skyscrapers. In the international neighborhoods you can see people from all over the world.

But I would never live there. Because I afraid of Terrorist attacks like 9/11 or rampages at schools. New York is also too far away from home and you can’t see friends and family often. And the tickets are very expansive. You most speak English all the time and this is very difficult.

All in all I can say that New York is a cool city but not for living for me.

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