Lost New York

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Coney Island's Dreamland—destroyed by fire in 1911, Metropolitan Opera House—demolished in 1967, Moondance Diner—moved to Wyoming in 2007. A celebration of the cherished parts of New York that are no longer.
 
The New York landmarks remembered here include Coney Island's "Elephant Colossus," an elephant-shaped hotel rumored to be a brothel and destroyed by fire in 1896; the Manhattan Beach Hotel; South Street ...

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Overview

Coney Island's Dreamland—destroyed by fire in 1911, Metropolitan Opera House—demolished in 1967, Moondance Diner—moved to Wyoming in 2007. A celebration of the cherished parts of New York that are no longer.
 
The New York landmarks remembered here include Coney Island's "Elephant Colossus," an elephant-shaped hotel rumored to be a brothel and destroyed by fire in 1896; the Manhattan Beach Hotel; South Street Seaport; Stanford White's Madison Square Garden; the Vanderbilt, Tiffany, and Astor mansions; Central Park's elevated railway; the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel; the 1939 World's Fair site; Manhattan Train Terminal on Brooklyn Bridge; Ebbet's Field—home of the Brooklyn Dodgers; and the Polo Grounds—home of the NY Giants baseball team. This collection celebrates old theaters and hotels that have burned or been razed, vanished ferry buildings, removed-from-service trolley cars, classic art deco diners, and the demolition that sparked a strong preservation movement in the city: Pennsylvania Station.

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Publishers Weekly
In her latest, journalist and historian Reiss (New York Now and Then) leads us through New York’s vanished architectural heritage. From the first Metropolitan Museum of Art, engulfed by additions in 1895, to SoHo’s Moondance Diner, trucked to Wyoming in 2007, the book’s catalogue of disappeared landmarks evokes an alternate reality in which elaborate gothic mansions, elevated train tracks, floating bathhouses, first generation skyscrapers, and copious pleasure gardens dotted the city’s grid. Pithy, though sometimes elliptical, summaries of genesis and destruction accompany astounding black-and-white photographs of New York’s illustrious past, including the opulent interiors of Vanderbilt mansions and Coney Island’s generations of pleasure-seekers. The cumulative effect of these images is less a sense of loss than the recognition of the fluidity of fortune. Monuments to the robber barons and extinct newspapers of yesterday are demolished or transformed into the hospitals, hotels, office buildings, and apartment complexes of tomorrow. Reiss shows that change is not itself a bad thing, though some “improvements”—like the dismantling of the old Penn Station in 1966 for the monolithic Madison Square Garden—display the shortsightedness that can afflict any era. Although the book could use a general introduction and conclusion to frame the entries, the pictures alone are worth the price of admission. (Mar.)
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"The pictures alone are worth the price of admission." —Publishers Weekly

"As a native New Yorker, I can wax poetic about a long list of favorite haunts that have disappeared from the island . . . All these iconic images are retained in glorious black and white." —DowntownMagazineNYC.com  

"[Lost New York] is beautifully illustrated in aged black-and-white photos and burnished with charming prose based on many years of research." —Library Journal

"History buff or NYC lover — or both — make sure you add this book to your library ASAP!"  —DoobyBrain

Library Journal
Reiss, who has published seven books on the city's history and architecture (e.g., New York Then and Now), accurately depicts and valuably describes in two-page spreads 75 of the most memorable buildings of old Manhattan, mostly dating from the Civil War to World War II (with a few Coney Island landmarks thrown in). The book is beautifully illustrated in aged black-and-white photos and burnished with charming prose based on many years of research. This book is briefer than the three comparable volumes of Robert A.M. Stern's four-volume series (New York 1880, New York 1900, New York 1930) and offers an alternative view to Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel's The Landmarks of New York, which just appeared in its fifth edition; the latter volume covers surviving buildings, whereas Reiss's title recollects demolished buildings, including Pennsylvania Station, New York's greatest architectural loss. VERDICT A good choice for enthusiasts of northeastern or urban architecture and for fond collectors of public memories.—Peter Kaufman, formerly with Boston Architectural Coll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781862059351
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Lost Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 220,548
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia Reiss is the author of Architectural Details, Brooklyn Then and Now, Central Park Then and Now, Manhattan in Photographs, New York Then and Now, and a series of guides to historic Brooklyn neighborhoods for the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is former policy director of the Parks Council, now New Yorkers for Parks, and former public affairs director for the New York City Department of Ports and Trade. She also taught at Columbia University and Hunter College and was a reporter for the Brooklyn Phoenix. A former resident of Brooklyn and Manhattan, she lives in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Very Interesting

    The black and white photographs are amazing and it has an imformative narration. I enjoyed looking back at what used to be in New York City and glad the author preserved it for us.

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