A wistful compilation, with photos, directions, and some historical background, of games city children play: roller hockey, tag, marbles, hopscotch, ""spauldeen"" stickball (in the author's memory, ""balls lost in sewers were fished out by the skinniest kid with the longest arms""), etc. To every staple a number of past and current spin-offs are appended (for example, ""the all-time great city hide-and-seek game,"" Ringolevio), and there is also a chapter called ""just hanging around,"" which simply lists the kinds of time-killers that might be so described: ""Shoot water pistols. . . . Crack knuckles. . . . Make a Cat's Cradle. . . . Catch a ladybug and make a wish. . . ."" They'll take you back, especially if you grew up in New York where many of these variants begin and end, and the nostalgic air is supported by the pictured row house streets, where the kids at play are contemporary but no large buildings (luxury, project, or commercial) intrude. Still, an engaging resource, invitingly packaged.