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10 books about New York
Pick up one of these featured titles on New York in May 2021.
Subway: The Curiosities, Secrets, and Unofficial History of the New York City Transit System by John E. Morris
Category: State & Local
This book was published last year by Black Dog & Leventhal and takes approximately 8.8 hours to read.
"New York wouldn't be New York without the subway. This one-time engineering marvel that united and expanded the city has been a cultural touchstone for the last 114 years. Somehow though, there has never been a book that celebrates the subway from the scars it left on the city's fabric to the romantic fantasies it unleashed. Subway will convey a sense of wonder and fun about the world's largest transit system. The book will include a complete, concise history of the subway beginning with the technical obstacles and corruption that impeded plans for an underground rail line in the late 1800s, and the visionary and sometimes wacky schemes put forward in that era for subterranean and elevated transport. It will also tell how additional lines were built and how three independent subway systems were merged, creating the mishmash of numbered and lettered lines we have today.Interspersed throughout will be sidebars and stand-alone sections including profiles of characters that helped make the subway what it is (including the mostly forgotten August Belmont Jr., a flamboyant financier who bankrolled the first subway); graphics and imagery showing the evolution of subway cars, tokens and MetroCards, graffiti, and even subway etiquette ads; how the subway has been characterized in movies, television, and music; a look at abandoned cars and stations and more. Packed with compelling stories, fascinating facts and anecdotes, vivid portraits of the people who made the subway and those who saved it, all supplemented with engrossing imagery and a dynamic design, Subway will be a visual feast and must-have gift book, perfect for any coffee table"--
Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City's Secret Masterpieces by Lori Zimmer
This book was published last year by Running Press Adult and takes approximately 9.3 hours to read.
Uncover the masterworks of modern art hidden across New York City in this charmingly illustrated exploration of one of the world's greatest artistic treasure troves. There's so much to love about New York, and so much to see. The city is full of art, and architecture, and history--and not just in museums. Hidden in plain sight, in office building lobbies, on street corners, and tucked into Soho lofts, there's a treasure trove of art waiting to be discovered, and you don't need an art history degree to fall in love with it. Art Hiding in New York is a beautiful, giftable book that explores all of these locations, traversing Manhattan to brings 100 treasures to art lovers and intrepid New York adventurers. Curator and urban explorer Lori Zimmer brings readers along to sites covering the biggest names of the 20th century--like Jean-Michel Basquiat's studio, recently uncovered Keith Haring murals,the controversial site of Richard Serra's Tilted Art, Roy Lichtenstein's subway station art, and many more. Each entry is accompanied with a beautiful watercolor depiction of the work, as well as directions for those itching to see for themselves. With a compact size, perfect for bringing on the go or displaying on any art lover's shelf, and curated itineraries for exploring the city, this inspirational book is a must-read for those who love modern art, New York, and, of course, both.
prettycitynewyork: Discovering New York's Beautiful Places by Siobhan Ferguson
This book was published 2 years ago by The History Press and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
New York City is known for many things: its urban, high-rise landscape, the bustling atmosphere, and busy business and tourist spots. Pretty tree-lined avenues, cute shops, and serene getaways do not immediately come to mind for this cosmopolitan city, but they are there. Acclaimed Instagrammer Siobhan Ferguson, author of prettycitylondon, now turns her discerning eye to the Big Apple itself. Travel along with her as she uncovers the hidden gems--the sweet, secluded alleys, the fantastic markets, the artisan boutiques--that New York has to offer, and reveals the beautiful, the quaint, and the downright pretty scattered among the urban landscape of the world's most famous city. Stunning photographs alongside fantastic tips to take your own pictures and create a prettycitynewyork experience for yourself make this the perfect book for visitors on foot and armchair travelers alike.
Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time by Tom Miller
This book was published 6 years ago by Universe and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
Beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, this charming guide traces the architectural and social history of Manhattan one building at a time. The island of Manhattan has been through remarkable architectural and social change throughout its history. Organized roughly by neighborhoods, this book explores the seemingly never-ending depths of architectural, personal, and social history of Manhattan, building by building. Follow the family feud that led to the construction of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria, or trace the decay of a once proud home to an increasingly humble storefront, delving into the surprising, sometimes scandalous, often touching stories of the people who lived there along the way. Alongside the details about each architect, dates, and styles, author Tom Miller reveals the joys, tragedies, and scandals of those who lived within. In addition to iconic structures, the book includes many off-the-beaten-path buildings that most guidebooks overlook, as well as notable buildings that no longer stand but remain key to Manhattan’s architectural history. Beautifully researched, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, Seeking New York is truly a must-read for anyone interested in the story of New York and how it got that way.
NOW WAIT JUST A NEW YORK MINUTE & OTHER FUN FACTS ABOUT THE CITY: Your Guide to Faking it with the Best of New Yorkers by Ace Rider
This book was published 2 years ago by Independently published and takes approximately 1.4 hours to read.
Do you know that the building you pass every day may not even be real? Are you familiar with the etiquette of the Subway System? Did you know the Pizza Principle is secretly controlling the cost of your subway fare? Will you rest easier at night if you could just find out what size shoes the Lady Liberty wears? With this guide in your hands, you will view New York City with wholly new eyes. Whether you have lived here all your life or visit it but never stay too long, you might not know your city as well as you thought you did.For your ease, we have divided this guide into several main categories. It contains facts about NYC's History, People, Food, Landmarks and Attractions, Celebrities, Daily Life, Geography, and Climate. We have also included activities that signal the beginning of each new section. Try them out because as you brainstorm, you may discover details about your city that were hidden - or forgotten - before!
The Encyclopedia of New York by The Editors of New York Magazine
Category: Trivia & Fun Facts
This book was published last year by Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
The must-have guide to pop culture, history, and world-changing ideas that started in New York City, from the magazine at the center of it all. Since its founding in 1624, New York City has been a place that creates things. What began as a trading post for beaver pelts soon transformed into a hub of technological, social, and cultural innovation—but beyond fostering literal inventions like the elevator (inside Cooper Union in 1853), Q-tips (by Polish immigrant Leo Gerstenzang in 1923), General Tso’s chicken (reimagined for American tastes in the 1970s by one of its Hunanese creators), the singles bar (1965 on the Upper East Side), and Scrabble (1931 in Jackson Heights), the city has given birth to or perfected idioms, forms, and ways of thinking that have changed the world, from Abstract Expressionism to Broadway, baseball to hip-hop, news blogs to neoconservatism to the concept of “downtown.” Those creations and more are all collected in The Encyclopedia of New York, an A-to-Z compendium of unexpected origin stories, hidden histories, and useful guides to the greatest city in the world, compiled by the editors of New York Magazine (a city invention itself, since 1968) and featuring contributions from Rebecca Traister, Jerry Saltz, Frank Rich, Jonathan Chait, Rhonda Garelick, Kathryn VanArendonk, Christopher Bonanos, and more. Here you will find something fascinating and uniquely New York on every page: a history of the city’s skyline, accompanied by a tour guide’s list of the best things about every observation deck; the development of positive thinking and punk music; appreciations of seltzer and alternate-side-of-the-street parking; the oddest object to be found at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!; musical theater next to muckracking and mugging; and the unbelievable revelation that English muffins were created on...West Twentieth Street. Whether you are a lifelong resident, a curious newcomer, or an armchair traveler, this is the guidebook you’ll need, straight from the people who know New York best.
This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek
Category: United States
This book was published 18 years ago by Universe and takes approximately 2.1 hours to read.
A pictorial tour of Manhattan's neighborhoods, transportation and traffic, buildings, and the city's activities, from the local shoeshine stall to Wall Street.
Humans by Brandon Stanton
This book was published last year by St. Martin's Press and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
Brandon Stanton’s new book, Humans—his most moving and compelling book to date—shows us the world. Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. A global audience of millions began following HONY daily. Over the next several years, Stanton broadened his lens to include people from across the world. Traveling to more than forty countries, he conducted interviews across continents, borders, and language barriers. Humans is the definitive catalogue of these travels. The faces and locations will vary from page to page, but the stories will feel deeply familiar. Told with candor and intimacy, Humans will resonate with readers across the globe—providing a portrait of our shared experience.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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