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Architectural Guidebook to New York City: (Revised and Updated Edition)

Architectural Guidebook to New York City: (Revised and Updated Edition)

by Francis Morrone
     
 

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Francis Morrone has returned to the buildings of his original guidebook once again to detail additions and changes in name and usage, and the book has been modified to reflect post September 11th New York City. With its thoughtful detail and out-of-the-ordinary observations, this guidebook is a must-have for New Yorkers, tourists, and architectural lovers

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Francis Morrone has returned to the buildings of his original guidebook once again to detail additions and changes in name and usage, and the book has been modified to reflect post September 11th New York City. With its thoughtful detail and out-of-the-ordinary observations, this guidebook is a must-have for New Yorkers, tourists, and architectural lovers everywhere.

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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:
9781586852115
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Edition description:
Revised & Updated
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
739,656
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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