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New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Bicentennial and the Millennium First Edition

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"The architect's brilliant fifth installment of his appraisal of the city from 1880 on" -- The New York Times, December 10, 2006

Let's open the big presents first. The season's whopper, in every way, is "New York 2000." - William Grimes -- The New York Times, December 15, 2006

Simply put, Robert A. M. Stern's "New York 2000," together with its four preceding volumes, represents the fullest and finest historical account of any city ever attempted. In all, these volumes constitute more than 5,000 full-sized pages and more than 10 million words, consecrated to the architectural and urban development of New York from the aftermath of the Civil War to the present day. -- James Gardner, The New York Sun, November 8, 2006

This fascinating book by architect Robert A. M. Stern and fellow historian completes his epic five-part series on New York City from the post-Civil War era to the present. The authors chronicle the most recent chapter of a complex ongoing story, the built life of a great American city. They tell the tale neighborhood by neighborhood, from the development of Battery Park City to Harlem, renascent again, from the reinvention of the waterfront to the outer boroughs. Tolstoyan in length, at 1,520 pages, in specificity of detail and in a perspective that balances individual efforts and the forces of economics, politics and popular culture, this book is a monumental achievement--and a great, brilliantly illustrated read. --Judith Nasatir -- Veranda Magazine, November-December 2006

About the Author

Robert A. M. Stern is the founding partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects. He is also a renowned historian of American architecture and dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

David Fishman and Jacob Tilove are architectural historians at Robert A. M. Stern Architects.

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Product Details

  • Series: New York
  • Hardcover: 1520 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580931774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580931779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 3.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This mammoth 1500-page chronicle covers an astonishing number of issues pertaining to New York's architectural and urban development between 1975 and 2004. By its sheer size and range, some may say it truly reflects the City's unabashed mentality!

Topics are organized geographically and cover the five boroughs, though understandably the focus is placed essentially on Manhattan. In fact, many districts, such as Battery Park City, «MoMAland» or Times Square, are covered in such detail that the material could easily constitute a distinct publication.

The authors' sources are numerous and draw notably on contemporary newspaper coverage, profuse quotations being provided. No specific methodology is mentioned however and the criteria leading to the choice of buildings included are not specified: size, cost, architectural value, media coverage?

One of the co-authors was himself an important player on the New York development scene over the period covered. This situation is seamlessly dealt with, and his buildings are, at least to the eyes of a foreign reader, discussed as objectively as those of any other architect.

Though this book is meant to be read, or at least referred to, and is in no way strictly destined for the coffee table, photographs are abundant, pertinent and sometimes even artistic. Surprisingly though, no map locating the buildings or even the areas discussed is provided, the authors assuming presumably readers to have an intimate knowledge of the City.

The book is exceptionally well written and its prose per se provides very easy reading. Materially, it is however extremely heavy and cannot be read without resorting to a tabletop. Is this an omen for any possible future instalment _ New York 2020(?
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I saw this book at the Strand Bookstore and wanted to buy it, but since it is huge I was leery of taking it home by subway. After a few days I decided the easiest thing would be to have it sent. It is beautifully produced and gives lots of information about the city. Often, when I am wandering about in New York City where I now live I wonder about some of the buildings I pass. Having the book on hand I can read about what I have seen or sometimes deliberately go to see a building described in the book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Brandt on August 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm an architectural photographer working on a body of art work of NYC. I shoot sectional views and then paint them. I needed to have a reference book because I wanted to give the original architect credit for his work, that inspired(s) me. This book gives me that and more, date of the building creation, location to be exact. Now I need to get the previous book NY1960 and the previous one to that!!!
Terrific book Mr. Stern!
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