86th street

Novel Later Stephen King (2021)
The story of Jamie, the young hero of the novel After, begins on the Central Park transverse. It is here that he realizes that he has the ability to see the dead. A decisive place in the story of the novel, where the main protagonist, then barely old enough to understand what he sees, is confronted with the horrific side of a gift that is bound to get him into trouble.
86th Street Transverse
86th Street Transverse by Pablo Costa Tirado. Wikimedia.

We were on the 86th Street Transverse, heading for Wave Hill in the Bronx, where one of my preschool friends was having a big birthday party.

Jamie Conklin

Since his early days, Stephen King has often set his writings in the state of Maine, where he was born and where he lives, in the small town of Bangor. Bangor was also the model for the imaginary towns of Derry and Castle Rock, to which most of his stories are linked. However, Later is not located in Maine and has no connection with that state. For the first time, Stephen King has set the action of one of his books in New York. A city already mentioned in his work, in particular in The Dark Tower, but here totally at the center of a story inhabited by dead people still having things to express and shivers to dispense. Jamie, the young hero, lives in a luxurious apartment on Park Avenue. The address is never given but Stephen King nevertheless uses specific locations to advance his story.

Appreciated for the time it saves when crossing Manhattan from east to west or west to east, 86th Street appears at the beginning of the novel, when the narrator looks back on his first encounter with a dead man. In the back seat of his mother’s car, the little boy sees a crowd. A cyclist has just been hit by a car. As the paramedics try to revive him, Jamie sees the man in question, horribly disfigured, standing over his body. Frightened, the schoolboy soon realizes that he can see the dead. He will later realize that he is also able to talk to them…


Later, it stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List for eight weeks.

W 86 St/Transverse

While Central Park was shaped before the development of the automobile, several roads, including the Transverse, were later moved into the park.

86th Street was born in 1811 in the middle of the East Side, in a predominantly German community. It was nicknamed the German Broadway. The section called Transverse passes through Central Park, south of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. It connects 5th Avenue and Central Park West and offers a rural shortcut to motorists. The NYPD Central Park Precinct, Central Park’s only police station, is located along this artery, which was designed not to detract from the park.

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By Gilles Rolland

Friday, December 3, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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