William Helmreich
Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

William Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York. His latest book is The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City (2013).

Written by William Helmreich

A father and son walk through a park in Weehawken, New Jersey, getting a choice view of the Manhattan city skyline June 21, 2013. Photo by Gary Hershorn/Reuters

Essay/
Architecture
Modern-day flâneur

Theories and demographics are all very well, but to know New York City’s inner life you need to walk and talk

William Helmreich