Buy New
  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $7.48 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 28? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Public Art New York Paperback

Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
"Please retry"
$17.81 $1.45

Frequently Bought Together

Public Art New York + Art + NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Art and Artists + The Best Things to Do in New York, Second Edition: 1001 Ideas
Price for all three: $51.84

Buy the selected items together


Engineering & Transportation Books
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732665
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Don’t make your next trip to New York without this guidebook. Handsomely laid out with a color photograph for each artwork, easy to carry, sturdy, and a good value for the money, it’s a good way of finding your way through the city’s treasure trove of outdoor art.” (Landscape Architecture Magazine)

“Given Phifer’s background as an architect, installations in and in front of buildings are found throughout, giving the guide a balanced view of what is considered art, in addition to what is considered public.” (Daily Dose of Architecture)

“Phifer nimbly guides us to enhanced understanding of the who, what, and why of artworks that attract the attention of New Yorkers and visitors alike….the easy-to-carry paperback offers a personal selection of some of the best in Manhattan from the Battery to Inwood. Special given to superlative work in the other boroughs....lovingly photographed by Francis Dzikowski and skilfully described by Phifer. Buy this book and take it on a long walk through the open-air galleries that are our streets.” (Fredric Bell, Executive Director of the Center for Architecture)

“Deftly written, it’s an indispensable guidebook to every monument worth seeing in Metropolis.” (Dan Gregory - Eye on Design)

“[M]onumental….exceptional photographs….exhaustive text….Whether you are a tourist or a lifelong New Yorker, grab this book and treat yourself to an extraordinary walking tour of some of the best visual treats New York City has to offer.” (American Society of Media Photographers Bulletin)

“Phifer reviews a wide sampling of the newest (and most iconic) works, and complements each with Francis Dzikowski’s photography and maps. For a locale that keeps its art on constant rotation, this is an ideal snapshot of the city as it exists today.” (American Style)

“An attractive sampling of New York’s most compelling and historical works of art in all five boroughs….informational and user-friendly.” (Public Art Review)

About the Author

Architect Jean Parker Phifer specializes in planning, renovation and sustainable design projects for cultural institutions and has designed or restored numerous buildings, public spaces, and landscapes, primarily in New York. She was president of the Art Commission of the City of New York, now the Public Design Commission, from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and teaches Environmental Design at New York University.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Stockton on March 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Jean Phifer has created an instant classic in this handsome, easy-to-carry volume.Those who think they know the public art of NYC, will discover many new and exciting art treasures. The attractive layout of the book, the inviting photographs, and informative essays will make newcomers and old-timers alike want to get their walking shoes on to take in the public art all around the city. "Public Art New York" celebrates NYC's diverse, rich, and free-to-see cultural legacy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah O'Connor on March 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This wonderful look at the art of New York is easily held and yet large enough to have the presence of a good book rathere than as a pocket guide. Clear typeface, formatting and outstanding fresh photography make accessing the information appealing. The informative and well-researched text make the reader want to rush out, book in hand, to find previously unseen works and to appreciate familiar objects anew.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers