Despite its title, this Gotham "almanac" tells little about astronomy or meteorological patterns. Instead, it's packed with obscure (but fascinating) data from a city long considered one of the nation's public faces. This one-stop guide to New York statistical information-including public officials' salaries and by-borough obesity rates-is divided into 14 chapters. From population and health-related figures to the materials used in public monuments, no detail that contributes to the definition of New York has escaped Jackson (Crabgrass Frontier) and Kameny (coauthor, There Goes the Neighborhood). Recommended for cultural and urban studies collections.
Savannah Schroll Guz