Cleaning Up New York

The '70s Cult Classic
by Bob Rosenthal
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Publisher: New York Review Books

Publication Date: April 12, 2016

ISBN: 9781590179901

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THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1976.

A 26-year-old starving poet needs $60. What else to do but register with a temp agency as a house cleaner? The excitement never wanes as he is catapulted into the everyday yet unimaginable worlds behind closed (apartment) doors.

Bob knows one thing: the dirt will always win. Clients are a bit more unpredictable, he discovers, as he comes to terms with eccentric domestic habits and strange discoveries. When Bob becomes a weekly fixture in his clients’ lives, anything can happen, and does, including a memorable encounter with an obliging Hoover that ultimately proves unable to get the job done. 

Cleaning Up New York has been a cult classic since it was first published in 1976 in an edition of 750.