From Library Journal
Following New York 1900, New York 1930, and New York 1960, this is the fourth in a projected series of five volumes (New York 2000 is still to be written) chronicling the architecture and urbanism of New York City. Produced in the consistently comprehensive and extensively illustrated format, New York 1880 documents the years from 1865 to 1890, an era commonly known as the Gilded Age. At that time, New York City began growing up (thanks to Elisha Otis's hydraulic elevator) and out (as the first segment of the city's network of elevated trains was completed in 1878 and the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883). While this book is too prodigious for occasional readers, libraries that had success with previous volumes will want to add it to their collections.
-Jay Schafer, Bay Path Coll. Lib., Longmeadow, MA
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New York 1880 captures the complexity of architecture as design response. It is too bad it is not better literature, but it is difficult to imagine a better reference work in urban architectural history. -- The New York Times Book Review, James F. O'Gorman
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