William Helmreich
Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

William Helmreich was a 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