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"[T]he city's familiar buildings appear so cleanly bathed in golden light that you feel almost sorry for all of us who must view them from the ground." --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810993848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810993846
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the world famous photographer, is renowned for his aerial photography. His bestseller include The Earth from the Air, which has sold over a million copies. He lives on France.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ubik Sven on January 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book consists of excellent full-page photographs of
widely known Manhattan landmark buildings (other New York
boroughs are not included) taken from unusual perspective
not accessible by pedestrian. Someone complained in a previous
review that most pictures were taken during dawn and dusk.
I think that lighting was very carefully considered and
significantly contributes to the beauty of the photographs.
Description is relatively short, it is a photographic book,
not a city guide. The photographs are much more artistic than
in Robert Cameron's book "Above New York", which, in contrast,
includes also other New York boroughs and photographs cover
larger areas (not single buildings) and are taken during flat
mid-day light.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Markov on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because of my adoration for the City of New York, and the beautiful picture on the front. Those looking for an in-depth history of NYC or more of a "hands-on" book, should look elsewhere. This book provides what the title suggests. It is a brief introduction to the vast world that is New York City. The photography is beautiful, although sometimes blurry at edges. There are small paragraphs explaining what you are looking at. Most of the main attractions are covered (Empire State Building, Central Park, Harlem, Greenwich Village, etc), as well as some others that I didn't know about, but had my eyes opened to. I will definitely be more prepared and educated as I go to NYC next time. The only complaint is that most of the coverage is of Manhattan, and it's attractions and not so much of the other parts of New York, as the book suggests. This was fine by me, as I was mostly interested in Manhattan anyway, but could mislead others. I would highly recommend this book if you like the city of New York, or are planning a trip there. This could be a great supplement as it gives you a different view of the city, one that you can't get just by being there. A view from the air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Deason on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like its fabulous brother, Paris from above, this book possesses breathtaking visuals. New York, like Paris, photographs well. New York, with its spectacular skyscrapers, and gorgeous parks, is a arial photographers dream. Arthus Bertrand, captures the city and his images are so vivid and clear. It's amazing to see many of the iconic skyscrapers photographed from overhead instead of from ground level or from other skyscrapers. I appreciated how close he photographs some of the buildings you can almost see the original masons markings on the stones, it's just total eye candy. If you have a love for this great city or just appreciate great photograph and vivid visuals the I believe you will enjoy this book, really the next best thing to being there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant Richards on December 30, 2012
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I love this book. Not only does it include magnificent photos of the City, it includes comprehensive descriptions on each photo. Each page even includes a small map noting the corresponding locations. One of the best!
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Format: Hardcover
Notable for important buildings omitted- the good (Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan Post Office,) and the bad (Madison Square Garden, Port Authority Bus Terminal.) To often we are only looking at the top 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, or even much less of the buildings. A rare exception is when we see a building down to the street such as with The Flat Iron Building. Having worked in every area of Manhattan makes the book a worthwhile investment, but if one is not aware of Manhattan neighborhoods, I would recommend a pass as the selectivity of buildings and and soupy color of the photos does not justify the investment.
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