AIA Guide to New York City: The Classic Guide to New York's Architecture

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Since the AIA Guide to New York City was first published in 1967, it has been recognized as the ultimate guide to the metropolis's buildings, in all five boroughs -- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island -- from nineteenth-century brownstones and tenements to modern high-rise apartments and museums. The latest edition of this urban classic takes a fresh look at the architectural treasures that define New York -- from its most characteristic landmarks to its ...
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Since the AIA Guide to New York City was first published in 1967, it has been recognized as the ultimate guide to the metropolis's buildings, in all five boroughs -- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island -- from nineteenth-century brownstones and tenements to modern high-rise apartments and museums. The latest edition of this urban classic takes a fresh look at the architectural treasures that define New York -- from its most characteristic landmarks to its less famous local favorites.

To prepare this edition -- the first revision since 1987 -- Norval White has visited and revisited more than 5,000 buildings, making this by far the most complete guide of its kind. This generously illustrated handbook presents the structures of the New York City--from the magnificent to the obscure -- in over 3,000 new photographs, more than 130 new maps, and hundreds of revised and new entries. Beyond the skyscrapers and historical buildings, the guide also leads the way to the city's bridges, parks, and public monuments.

From the tip of the Empire State Building to the brownstones in Brooklyn, the AIA Guide to New York City reveals how the city's spirit, fortitude, and character are captured and expressed in its architecture. Thoughtful and humorous descriptions include fascinating bits of local information that bring the city's history to life, telling the stories behind the bricks and mortar. Together, the maps, photographs, and expert critiques invite you on a special grand tour of the city at your own pace.

This guide is a definitive record of New York's architectural heritage and provides a compact, authoritative directory for lovers of New York City all over the world. Its portability and encyclopedic quality make it an ideal traveling companion for any walker in the city. For the sightseer, the architect, or anyone on a casual stroll, the AIA Guide to New York City is the book to grab on your way out the door.

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Library Journal
This very up-to-date new edition of AIA's Guide to New York City is a descriptive and interesting look at the city's changing assortment of architecture, including firehouses, parks, schools, parking garages, churches, bridges, and other landmarks. Composed of over 2000 new photographs (several per page), 100 maps, and hundreds of new short but brutally honest entries, the guide is arranged geographically by borough, and while it does indeed cover each one, the book inevitably focuses on Manhattan. White, an architect and educator, and Willensky (When Brooklyn Was the World) have divided each borough into sectors and then into neighborhood areas, and fairly lengthy commentaries under each heading describe the character of each division. There is an extensive index and a fairly interesting glossary at the beginning of the book. There is also a picture of a library that completed construction in late 1999. It has been 12 years since the last edition, so public and academic libraries may desire an updated copy, especially if there is interest in New York or its architecture.--Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Municipal Art Soceity
A definitive record of New York's architectural heritage . . . a witty and helpful pocketful which serves as arbiter of architects, baedeker for boulevardiers, catalog for the curious, primer for preservationists, [and] sourcebook to students. For all who seek to know of New York, it is here. No home should be without a copy.
New York Magazine
Blithe in spirit and unerring in vision.
The Book of the Month Club
Keen wit and perceptive observations.
The Daily Record, NJ
An architect's romp though five boroughs.
The New York Times
Smart, vivid, funny, and opionated.
The Village Voice
A book for architectural gourmands and gastronomic gourmets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812931075
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/27/2000
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1088
  • Product dimensions: 4.91 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliot Willensky was an architect, vice chairman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, borough historian of Brooklyn, and author of When Brooklyn Was the World: 1920-1957. He died in 1990.

Norval White is an architect, educator, and author of The Architecture Book and New York: A Physical History. He lives in Connecticut and New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Thick and definitive

    If you live in New York or you are fascinated by its architecture, you really should buy The AIA Guide to NYC. It is a remarkable tome, including more than 5000 buildings and 3000 stamp album style photos of structures in all five boroughs, ranging from Brooklyn to far Queens and Throg's Neck; and from Staten Island through Manhattan and up to the extreme Bronx. It will hit your coffee table with a serious thunk, and provide endless browsing enjoyment. If you're visiting New York on a quick trip or want a selective overview, I discovered a new book that makes a good companion volume: The Architecture Traveler, by Sydney LeBlanc, which covers 250 American buildings. The author is evidently a New Yorker. About 60 of the buildings are in and around the city. So it selects fewer New York buildings but presents a full page story on each of them. I bought both books: the AIA guide for comprehensiveness, the more selective Architecture Traveler for it's intriguing stories and for Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and the rest of America, which it also includes.

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