The Architectural Guidebook to New York City

The Architectural Guidebook to New York City

by Francis Morrone, James Iska
     
 

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"Right from the start, the reader will realize that he is undergoing the expert ministrations of a man who understands New York and its infinite variety of constructions as few others do. . . . In fact, this is a book that does not chart the usual walking tours but outlines the esthetics that one might look for in the course of a Manhattan amble. Each item is its

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"Right from the start, the reader will realize that he is undergoing the expert ministrations of a man who understands New York and its infinite variety of constructions as few others do. . . . In fact, this is a book that does not chart the usual walking tours but outlines the esthetics that one might look for in the course of a Manhattan amble. Each item is its own little essay, written with as much attention to the literate architecture of his wordage as to the structural architecture of what he is looking at. He can put things together as you may never have thought to. . . . There was something that was news to me on almost every page, if not in fact then at least in some new angle of observation. . . . If there is anything wrong with this book, it is that it will absorb you in reading when you might be out looking."

—Richard F. Shepard, The New York Chronicle

Revised, Updated, and Expanded

This brand new edition of the popular Architectural Guidebook to New York City details, the most recent changes to Manhattan's built environment, including modifications that reflect post September 11. Hundreds of entries are thoughtfully presented in the context of the architectural, historical, and cultural settings.

Author Francis Morrone is a lecturer and tour leader for the Municipal Art Society of New York, a nonprofit civic organization founded in 1893. His writings on architecture and New York history appear in The New Criterion, the City Journal, and other publications. He can be contacted through his World Wide Web site at http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/fmorrone, where updates and corrections to the present book will be regularly posted.

Photographer James Iska,whose architectural photography has been exhibited all over the world and whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Chicago Sun Times adn the Chicago Tribune, is currently on the staff of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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From Carnegie Hall to the Empire State Building to the Flatiron Building, New York is home to some of the best-loved and most memorable structures in the world. In this revised edition of a classic guide to the city's greatest architecture, Francis Morrone offers an informed tour of some 600 Manhattan buildings and includes additional information regarding historic Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879058418
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.45(h) x 1.07(d)

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Introduction

When I told people I was writing an architectural guidebook to New York City, the inevitable response was "How will it differ from the AIA Guide?" This was a good question and easy to answer. The first edition of Norval White's and Elliot Willensky's AIA Guide to New York City, the guide with the imprimatur of the American Institute of Architects, came out in 1967. Updated editions arrived in 1978, 1988, and 2000. It is a dense, encyclopedic guide packed with information, insight, and wit. Of its kind, I doubt there is a better guide in the world. But its kind is that primarily of a reference book, albeit one that is inordinately pleasurable to read. It is a starting point for more-interpretive guidebooks. I readily admit that I would not even have considered writing my book if I did not have the AIA Guide close at hand.

In 1979, Paul Goldberger, then architectural critic for the New York Times, came out with The City Observed: New York, a leisurely, opinionated, interpretive guide covering only a fraction of the buildings in the AIA Guide. He never conceived of his book as an alternative to the AIA Guide, but rather as a supplement to it. The fact that City Observed remained in print for many years without being updated demonstrates the need for such a book. It seemed to me the time was ripe for a new, up-to-date guide along the lines of Goldberger's book, and rather than continuing to wait for Goldberger to update City Observed, I decided to write my own book.

Meet the Author

Francis Morrone has authored other books on Architecture, such as The Architectural Guidebook to New York City, and An Architcural Guidebook to Philadelphia. He lhas lived for tweny-some years in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

James Iska, wose work has been exhibited all over the world and has apeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, Chicago Sun-TImes, and Chicago Tribune, is currently on the staff of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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