Thursday, January 6, 2011

Under the Manhattan Bridge -- A Really Good Mystery Novel

Under the Manhattan Bridge by Irene Marcuse

Literally "down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass." Looking from Anchorage Place to Adams St.

Looking up Anchorage Place from Plymouth St.

Now, what is a cryophobic, summer-lovin' Brooklyn boy supposed to do in a mean, cold winter with one blizzard behind him and another snowfall ahead of him?

Penn St. between Bedford and Lee Aves., South Williamsburg

Settle in to read some great mysteries.

Looking north up Plymouth St. from Jay St. Plymouth St. figures in the book.

I often find the most enjoyable mysteries by happenstance, just browsing through the shelves at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, and that's how I found
Under the Manhattan Bridge.

Plymouth and Hudson Streets, the Con Ed plant, looking down toward the East River

It's the first book by Irene Marcuse that I've read (I have a couple of more waiting in the wings), but having read a bit
about her books I can say that they are set in various neighborhoods of New York City. The action of Under the Manhattan Bridge takes place mainly among the artists of DUMBO and the Hasidim of Williamsburg, with a few forays into the East Village.

Along Lee Avenue in Williamsburg

I definitely recommend the book to anyone who enjoys mysteries and lives in Brooklyn. I would also recommend it to people who might not live in Brooklyn or even in New York City but who enjoy books set there.

Shabbos along Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg

I like to spread the joy. And it's not just the Brooklyn setting that entertains; it's is an engrossing, satisfying novel by any standard.

Lee Ave. in Williamsburg

Also, this post gives me a chance to throw in some of my photos of DUMBO that I never got a chance to post. For anyone who might want to read the book and lives in the city, wander over here to Brooklyn and soak up the atmosphere. If you don't live in New York City, maybe some of the photos will give you an idea of the neighborhoods in the book.

Plymouth St. looking toward the Manhattan Bridge

(The photos are from the spring and summer, 2010.)