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Posted April 22, 2005
Portrait of a city
Some books on the older buildings of New York City will give you the nuts and bolts about the structures: who designed it, who constructed it, when it was built, etc. And some photo books of old New York don't tell you anything at all. New York Times writer, Christopher Gray, with the assistance of the untiring researcher, Suzanne Braley, actually breathe life into these buildings. Not only do we learn the who and the when of a building's birth, but also the why and the how. Why were white brick apartment buildings so prominent at one time? How did the Winter Garden evolve from a huge stable? It's the little and, sometimes, epic anecdotes surrounding the buildings that fascinate Mr. Gray which, in turn, fascinate us. This is an indispensible book for anyone who loves the city, and who has ever stopped in front of a building and asked, 'How did that ever get there?'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2003
I love this book so much, I bought several for my friends that are die-hard lovers of New York. If you read Christopher Gray's column that appears weekly in the New York Times, as I do, you will appreciate this treasure of information written with such expertise. Mr.Gray is truly a New York wizard!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2003
Take your pick: 'Live forever' or 'Good grief!'
Here are three of my favorite quotes: 'This book will live forever.' -- Jimmy Breslin, New York //// 'The Streetscapes story on the Miller Highway moved me, another example of Mr. Gray's ability to find poetry in the mundane.' ---Peter Burwasser, Philadelphia //// 'Your column on the Miller Highway is nothing short of absurd. To romanticize this curved and unsafe bottleneck is almost unimaginable. Good grief, you are living in a fantasy land.' ---Bernard Rifkin, The Bronx ////Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2009
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