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Hardcover New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buidlings and Landmarks Book

ISBN: 0810944413

ISBN13: 9780810944411

New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buidlings and Landmarks

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Gray's engaging tales of historic Gotham locales transport readers back in time for a stroll through the streets of old New York. The noted architectural historian, who writes the "Streetscapes" column in "The New York Times, " here gathers 190 of the best-loved of those columns to captivate readers.

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New York rediscovered

I love NYC and this book is a pleasure to read and return to for more. Highly recommended.

Just because I'm his sister

doesn't mean that I can't recognize a great book when I see one. Christopher has the ability to bring buildings to "life." Andrea Stillman

Portraits of the city

Some books on the older buildings of New York City will give you the nuts and bolts about the structures: who designed it, who constructed it, when it was built, etc. And some photo books of old New York don't tell you anything at all. New York Times writer, Christopher Gray, with the assistance of the untiring researcher, Suzanne Braley, actually breathe life into these buildings. Not only do we learn the who and the when of a building's birth, but also the why and the how. Why were white brick apartment buildings so prominent at one time? How did the Winter Garden evolve from a huge stable? It's the little and, sometimes, epic anecdotes surrounding the buildings that fascinate Mr. Gray which, in turn, fascinate us. This is an indispensible book for anyone who loves the city, and who has ever stopped in front of a building and asked, "How did that ever get there?" Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS

Wonderful description of the BIG APPLE

As a New Yorker all I can say is this is the best book I've read about the city.

What a wonderful pleasure!

A tremendous gift to anyone who loves the history of Manhattan. Gray writes well, his information is military in both precision and accuracy and the anecdotes alone are worth the price of the book.My only wish is that one day, after he retires, a work of all his columns will be published. Perhaps the title "Gray's Anatomy" would suffice.
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