Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
BACK   Louis Bader, ‘Gas Illumination in New York City, 1823–1863’ (PhD. diss., New York Univ., 1970), 334. here But gas light was seen by some to have had a more positive effect than revealing the contrasts in the urban society. Lighted streets were safer passage ways than un-lighted ones. "The facilities for going abroad in the evening have been greatly increased and in many streets it is as safe and agreeable to walk out in the evening as by day-light," wrote one New Yorker in 1853 here (27). 27 [Daniel Curry] , A Historical Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Metropolitan City of America By a New Yorker (New York: Carlton and Phillips, 1853) , p. 234. Note that this passage merely refers to ‘evening’ and gives no indication of the lateness of the hour to which the author is referring and therefore does not explicitly offer support for Ekirch’s contention that "Crime too has been greatly diminished, and the evil propensities of the vicious kept in check by the absence of . . . darkness." Or in the words of a visitor to the city around 1851 (28), "When we are out at night, at an hour when honest men who can, ought to be asleep ... we are pretty careful to keep out of the grease lighted avenues . . . and feel safer to walk a street (if it is not too long) which has but one good gas light at the end of it." 28 Joel H. Ross, What I Saw in New York: or a bird's eye view of city life (Auburn, N.Y.: Derby and Miller, 1851), p. 228. here  Again this passage gives no specific indication as to the time that the events took place nor give any hint that there were other people on the street at that time. The relevance of the passage hinges merely on the interpretation of when “honest men who can, ought to be asleep” BACK
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