How to Read New York: A Crash Course in Big Apple Architecture

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Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, How to Read New York unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham’s architectural wonders. Covering every era of New York architecture—from what remains of the colonial days to the latest postmodern skyscraper—this unique guidebook illuminates the fascinating architectural and urban history of New York.  

Organized chronologically and by architectural style, the book covers key highlights of the built ...

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Overview

Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, How to Read New York unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham’s architectural wonders. Covering every era of New York architecture—from what remains of the colonial days to the latest postmodern skyscraper—this unique guidebook illuminates the fascinating architectural and urban history of New York.  

Organized chronologically and by architectural style, the book covers key highlights of the built environment from the Battery to Inwood. Many of the skyline’s most iconic buildings are included, along with many lesser-known buildings that are architecturally interesting. Charmingly illustrated with 430 line drawings and vintage engravings that bring old New York to life, the book concludes with a map section that suggests themed walking tours.   

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Gone are the days when you could identify visitors to New York City because they were the only people looking up. In the past decade, Big Apple residents have become devotees of the city's very three-dimensional architectural history. Will Jones' How to Read New York feeds that recently acquired enthusiasm by laying out chronological and architectural style histories of Gotham's built environment. With its map section, extensive illustrations, and building descriptions, this guidebook enables city walkers to enhance their sense of a great world city. Editor's recommendation.

Michelle Marozik

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"We cannot think of a more civilized tour guide than a lovely Rizzoli book!...Whom You Know Highly Recommends How to Read New York! It's just perfect for a city stroll in this lovely mild winter." ~Whom You Know

"If you are a resident of New York, a first-time visitor or an enthusiast of architecture, be sure to check out How To Read New York as it is the perfect travel sized guide for taking your own architectural journey in the forever growing city of New York." ~Downtown

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789324900
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 518,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Jones is a journalist and writer based in Ontario specializing in architecture and design. His articles have appeared in RIBA Journal, the Financial Times, Blueprint, and Dwell. His previous books include Unbuilt Masterworks of the 21st Century and New York: City Monograph

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