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This luminous photographic collection highlights New York City's most breathtaking views and grandest buildings.
Master architectural photographer Nathaniel Lieberman sees New York City in terms of light: the light of dawn casting a honeycolored glow over the East River; the light of dusk soothing the stately structures on Central Park West; artificial light setting midtown Manhattan ablaze at night; the sharp light of day delineating the incomparable Manhattan skyline. His vistas, taken from high atop New York's skyscrapers and from its bridges and boroughs, portray the worlds most powerful city as we have only imagined it in our dreams.
For the first time, fiftyseven of these photographs, representing a decade of Lieberman's work, have been collected in this sumptuously produced volume. They feature the city's most breathtaking views and grandest buildings. The entire length of Central Park is captured in each of the seasons; the Brooklyn Bridge is illuminated by a burst of fireworks during the celebration of its centenary; the twin towers of the World Trade Center soar majestically above the deserted lanes of the old West Side Highway; the glassandsteel grid of the Jacob Javits Convention Center twinkles futuristically; the dramatic Citicorp Building forms part of a strikingly geometric composition.
With an introduction by Mark Helprin, author of Winters Talea novel acclaimed for its magical evocation of New York Cityand quotes about New York by a host of residents and visitors past and present, Manhattan Lightscape is certain to be irresistible to anyone who has ever romanced the stones of this remarkable city.
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About the Author
Nathaniel Lieberman is one of New York's leading architectural photographers. His photographs have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and are held in museum, corporate, and private collections in the United States and Europe. A graduate of Bard College, he has taught photography at the New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design, and recently opened his own commercial photographic lab, Thorney Lieberman Color, Inc., "down under" the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children, and might also be found fly fishing for trout. This is his first book.
Mark Helprin is the author of A Dove of the East & Other Stories, Ellis Island & Other Stories, the novels Refiners Fire and Winter's Tale, and the children's book Swan Lake. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, The New Criterion, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications both here and abroad. His works have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Raised on the Hudson and in the British West Indies, he was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.
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By Nathaniel Lieberman
Abbeville PressCopyright © 1990 Nathaniel Lieberman
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Excerpt from: Manhattan Lightscape
Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan: From the Manhattan Bridge, 1981.
Strangers entering the walled cities of medieval Europe and Asia must have felt a bit like this as they passed beneath the ramparts into the mysterious, protective but slightly forbidding communities within. But neither Europe nor Asia nor anywhere else can now offer anything to compare with the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. There is nothing to match it in any land: not that marvelous Baroque traverse of the Charles Bridge toward the heights of Hradcany in Prague; not a crossing of the Tiber by Castel Sant'Angelo and a long stroll to the monumental embrace of St. Peter's Square in Rome; not a walk through the bazaars of Varanasi to the teeming religious devotion along the Ganges ghats; not a descent from the hillside of Galata across the Golden Horn at Istanbul into the dusty but still intoxicating legacy of what was once Byzantium. Not even such lustrous passages as these can quite compete with the sensation of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge toward the island of Manhattan in the City of New York. The others have great visual drama, too, and are brushed even more with stirring memories of the past. But here alone the stranger feels that he has come upon an epic still being made.
—Geoffrey Moorhouse, Imperial City: New York, 1988.
Excerpted from Manhattan Lightscape by Nathaniel Lieberman. Copyright © 1990 Nathaniel Lieberman. Excerpted by permission of Abbeville Press.
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Table of Contents
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Introduction: City of Sunlight and Shadow
New York Harbor from Bayonne, New Jersey
Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Manhattan
Downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan from the Williamsburg Bank
Lower Manhattan from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City
Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Moonset over lower Manhattan
View north across Bowling Green from 24 State Street
New York Harbor and Governors Island from 17 Battery Place
East pier of the Brooklyn Bridge
East River bridges from One Chase Manhattan Plaza
The Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, May 24, 1983
East pier of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
The Manhattan Bridge through the Brooklyn Bridge cables
Up the East River from Waterside Apartments
Midtown Manhattan from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City
The 59th Street Bridge from Roosevelt Island
The 59th Street Bridge, "Big Allis," and the George Washington Bridge from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City
The East River at dawn from the Williamsburg Bridge
The United Nations and Midtown south
Madison Square Park and the Metropolitan Life Building
View north from the Lower East Side
View north from Foley Square
The American Standard Building and the Empire State Building across Bryant Park
The Chrysler Building from the Channin Building
The Chrysler Building and East 42nd Street
57th Street, looking east
Park Avenue from Lever House
Midtown with 57th Street in the foreground
The Eldorado across Central Park
Central Park, looking north from 57th Street
Central Park, spring
Central Park, winter night
Central Park, winter
Central Park, autumn
The Central Park Reservoir
Southeast corner of Central Park and upper Fifth Avenue across Central Park South
St. Patricks Cathedral
Citicorp Center across Roosevelt Island from Queens
The 59th Street Bridge, "Big Allis," and the Upper East Side from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City
View south from the old elevated West Side Highway at Chambers Street
The Jacob Javits Convention Center
The QE 2 and the West Fifties
The Hudson River, from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive to the George Washington Bridge
The Civic Center with Midtown in the background from 127 John Street
Looking north up Broadway at the Woolworth Building and City Hall
The Williamsburg Bridge, looking toward Manhattan at dawn
The Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from One Main Street, Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, May 24, 1983
The Battery, New York Harbor, and the QE 2 from 70 Pine Street
Newtown Creek at dawn from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
The Midtown skyline and the Long Island Expressway from the Brooklyn- Queens Expressway
The Manhattan skyline from the East 180th Street subway station, the Bronx
Grand Central Station
The lower Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge