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New York Skyscrapers
     

New York Skyscrapers

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by Dirk Stichweh, Jorg Machirus (Photographer), Scott Murphy (Photographer)
 

New York City is home to more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. Iconic in stature, they tell the story of the city's commercial and architectural history. The buildings pictured here stretch from the sidewalks to the sky, from the East River to the Hudson, from Battery Park to the far reaches of Central Park. Along with structures that are familiar to

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New York City is home to more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. Iconic in stature, they tell the story of the city's commercial and architectural history. The buildings pictured here stretch from the sidewalks to the sky, from the East River to the Hudson, from Battery Park to the far reaches of Central Park. Along with structures that are familiar to readers such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler and Woolworth buildings, there are other less recognizable but nonetheless important structures that have become a part of New Yorkers'daily lives. Each chapter focuses on an area of Manhattan, and opens with numbered maps showing the exact locations of the featured buildings. In a series of two to four page spreads, fullpage photographs of the skyscrapers are accompanied by additional illustrations, historical insights, architectural details, and interesting facts about their construction and evolution. An essay on the collective history of the city's skyscrapers rounds out this compilation of nearly 85 examples of New York City's most magnificent feature-its far-reaching, ever changing skyline.

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Library Journal
Germany-based independent scholar Stichweh here outlines details about the most significant skyscrapers in New York City. Opening with a short general history of skyscrapers, he then provides information on 79 New York City structures. Each of seven sections begins with a street map representing a geographical division of the city, with numbers indicating the location of the buildings covered in the following pages. Stichweh offers technical information about each structure, including the address, date of completion, height, and architects, as well as three to five paragraphs of description and historical background. The texts are accompanied by two to three color photographs by Machirus and Murphy, including a street view and exterior details; the photographs are functional, not artistic. VERDICT This book has many elements readers would want and expect to find in a walking guidebook of New York's skyscrapers; unfortunately, it is too large to carry on a walking tour. For armchair travelers and architecture admirers.—Valerie Nye, Coll. of Santa Fe, NM

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791340548
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 13.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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New York Skyscrapers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NYC_at_Heart More than 1 year ago
Be aware that this is really more of an informative/historical atlas of NYC skyscrapers than it is a photo book (as I originally thought). Since it was shrink-wrapped I didn't realize this until I got it home. I was disappointed at first, but as I delved in, I began to really enjoy the facts that are provided about many of the buildings that I've admired during my many visits to the city. The text really helps you understand WHY many of the buildings are designed/built the way they are, as well as the stories & history behind them - they're more they mere steel/concrete & glass buildings. Many of the early structures have very interesting & storied beginnings, which only help you appreciate them even more. Only negative I can say is I would like to have seen more photos of some of the buildings (the ones that are there are great however), but overall it's a really great, informative book and a must for any true NYC aficionado.