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10 books about New York City
Pick up one of these featured titles on New York City 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"--
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.
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.
The Historical Atlas of New York City, Third Edition: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History by Eric Homberger
Category: State & Local
This book was published 5 years ago by St. Martin's Griffin and takes approximately 6.4 hours to read.
Now in its third edition, The Historical Atlas of New York City, takes us, neighborhood by neighborhood, through four hundred years of Gotham's rich past, from the city's initial settlement of 270 people in thirty log houses; to John Jacob Astor's meteoric rise from humble fur trader to the richest, most powerful man in the city; the fascinating ethnic mixture that is modern Queens; and the new "Freedom Tower" at One World Trade Center. With full-color maps, charts, photographs, drawings, and mini-essays, this encyclopedic volume also traces the historical development and cultural relevance of such iconic New York thoroughfares as Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, Park Avenue, and Broadway. This fully revised and updated edition brings the Atlas up to the present, including new spreads of the One World Trade Center site. A fascinating chronicle of the life of a metropolis, the striking third edition of The Historical Atlas of New York City provides a vivid and unique perspective on the nation's cultural capital.
Fodor's New York City 2020 (Full-color Travel Guide) by Fodor's Travel Guides
This book was published 2 years ago by Fodor's Travel and takes approximately 16.0 hours to read.
Ready to experience New York City? The experts at Fodor's are here to help. Fodor's New York City 2020 travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of New York City, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to explore the High Line, see a Broadway show, or browse the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this user-friendly guidebook will help you plan it all out. Our local writers vet every recommendation to ensure that you not only make the most of your time, but that you also have all the most up-to-date and essential information you need to plan the perfect trip. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning! Fodor's New York City 2020 includes: -AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of New York City. -SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on museums, food, and shopping. -INSPIRATIONAL "BEST OF" LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more. -ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time. -DETAILED MAPS AND A FREE PULLOUT MAP help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. -EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste. -TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS include: guides to getting around, saving money and time, beating the crowds; and a calendar of festivals and events. -LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE tells you where to find under-the-radar gems, along with the best walking tours. -HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS add perspective and enrich your travels. -COVERS: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, Empire State Building, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The High Line, and much more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor's has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. Planning to visit more of the northeast? Check out Fodor's Boston, Fodor's Philadelphia, Fodor's Washington DC, and Fodor's New England.
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.
New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
Category: Family Saga
This book was published 11 years ago by Ballantine Books and takes approximately 29.3 hours to read.
A tale set against a backdrop of New York City's history from its founding through the September 11 attacks traces the experiences of characters who witness such periods as the Revolutionary War, the city's emergence as a financial giant, and the Gilded Age.
The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren
Category: United States
This book was published this year by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
"The Barbizon tells the story of New York's most glamorous women-only hotel, and the women-both famous and ordinary-who passed through its doors. World War I had liberated women from home and hearth, setting them on the path to political enfranchisement and gainful employment. Arriving in New York to work in the dazzling new skyscrapers, they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses; they wanted what men already had-exclusive residential hotels that catered to their needs, with daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms, and private dining. The Barbizon would become the most famous residential hotel of them all, welcoming everyone from aspiring actresses, dancers, and fashion models to seamstresses, secretaries, and nurses. The Barbizon's residents read like a who's who: Titanic survivor Molly Brown; actresses Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedron, Liza Minelli, Ali McGraw, Jaclyn Smith, and Phylicia Rashad; writers Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Diane Johnson, Gael Greene, and Meg Wolitzer; and so many more. But before they were household names, they were among the young women arriving at the Barbizon with a suitcase, and hope. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, The Barbizon weaves together a tale that has, until now, never been told. It is an epic story of women's ambition in the 20th century. The Barbizon Hotel offered its residents a room of their own and air to breathe, unfettered from family obligations and expectations. It gave women a chance to remake themselves however they pleased. No place had existed like it before, or has since"--
Humans of New York (ST MARTIN'S PRE) by Brandon Stanton
This book was published 8 years ago by St. Martin's Press and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
In this photographic census of New York City, which is inspired by the blog of the same name, the author showcases 400 color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York and pay tribute to the human side of a great city. 100,000 first printing.
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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