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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452109842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452109848
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of our all-time favorite illustrators and lifelong New Yorker, Julia Rothman created an homage to her hometown. Filled with interesting historical tidbits, off-the-beaten path spots to visit, and interviews with locals, it's the perfect book if you've been to the city a million times, live here or have it on your bucket list." - Design Sponge

"In an endearing combination memoir and Baedeker, the illustrator Julia Rothman serves up factoids and ruminations..." -The New York Times

"From bodegas to bras, a visual serenade to Gotham's emblems and eccentricities." - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

"This "illustrated love letter to the five boroughs" is also a guidebook full of details, including where the original Original Ray's was, and a journal about oddly memorable New York moments." - Time Out NY

"...a whimsical, kaleidoscopic perspective on a city that's changing by the second." - Fast Company

"An endearing combination memoir and Baedeker." - New York Times

"Julia Rothman has been one of my favorite illustrators for the past ten years, and this book hit home with me in a way that few other books have ever done. From heartfelt poems dedicated to New York City's bodegas to the beautifully illustrated ceilings of Grand Central Station, Hello, New York is both a welcome guide to visitors and new residents and a familiar friend to those who grew up here." - Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

"Artist and author Julia Rothman pays eclectic tribute to the city, illustrating the unexpected.... Very personal and charming." - New York Daily News

About the Author

Julia Rothman, a lifelong New Yorker,  has created illustrations and pattern designs for newspapers, magazines, wallpaper, bedding, books, dishware and subway posters.  She is part of the award-winning three-person design studio called ALSO and runs the blog Book By Its Cover. She also authored Farm Anatomy and Drawn In and co-authored The Exquisite Book and The Where, the Why and the How. She lives and works from her studio in Brooklyn, New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 3, 2014
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Hello, New York is a charming and personal illustration book by illustrator, blogger and author Julia Rothman. I follow her work occasionally and also her book blog Book By Its Cover.

This is a picture book and the art is drawn in sketch-style.

The book recounts the personal experiences from Julia Rothman on what it's like to grow up in New York, the interesting things and places around the city, food, lesser known buildings, museums, etc.

Some of the more interesting stories I like are that of finding a hidden tennis court at Grand Central Station, interview with a NYC taxi driver, librarian, owner of a Tattoo museum.

The book's a 144-page hardcover, about A5 size. I finished reading in one sitting and it makes me want to read more. I hope there's a sequel because there's obviously so much more to the city. But even in a small book like this, there are already quite many surprises.

My favourite part is the book feels really personal as it's written in first person view. The drawings are delightful with the loose lines and colours. Accompanying text are in handwritten typeface.

Wonderful book. I like sketchbooks and I love this one.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner on March 25, 2014
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Perfection! This book will make even the most jaded New Yorker smile. Julia Rothman's book is a charming, fun, and real look at New York City. Her drawings and creative use of fonts give it an air of whimsy. She captures that fantasy world of New York that dreamers enjoy, and at the same time shares some of its secrets that even insiders don't know. Despite the charm and beauty, she also shows the "real" side of the city, including subway riding, weirdos in the park and the rough life of taxi cab drivers. Every page is lovingly drawn and designed. The attention to detail is inspiring.

This book would make a perfect gift for the grumpy New Yorker in your life, or for kids (teenagers, unless you want to explain a couple of things to the younger ones). She even includes a detailed index to tell you how to find your way to all the interesting "secret" places, so this would be a great book to read before coming to visit New York, too.

This is my favorite book about New York City!

(Unless you are using Kindle on iPad or the Kindle Fire, buy the paper version of the book so you can see the beautiful drawings in full color.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryland Amazon Shopper on April 17, 2014
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Like reading a letter from a dear friend, Julia Rothman's Hello NY provides a great intro to the city she loves. This illustrated journal introduced me to sights and history I would not have otherwise known about. Loved it.
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Beautifully illustrated and clever in its writing. I had gotten this as a gift for a couple that live in New York city and they loved it too, they even learned new tidbits about things around their town.
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By Debm on June 16, 2014
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What a great coffee table book! Rothman's art work is infused with a great sense of humor and keen observations about what it is to live in NYC.
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