'The Other America' at 50

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Michael Harrington (1928-89) founded the Democratic Socialists of America in 1982. This photograph was taken in New York in 1988.

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Michael Harrington (1928-89) founded the Democratic Socialists of America in 1982. This photograph was taken in New York in 1988.

After my second child was born, in 1984, the apartment in Park Slope, big enough when I acquired it, suddenly seemed too small. The decision to move to Brooklyn had been made because affordable Manhattan apartments were even more cramped. What to do? Michael Harrington, the quintessential Greenwich Village intellectual and America's most famous socialist, had moved to Larchmont, a suburban town in Westchester County. If it was good enough for him, I told myself, it would be good enough for