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"Right from the start, the reader will realize that he is undergoing the expert ministrations of a man who understands New York and its infinite variety of constructions as few others do. . . . In fact, this is a book that does not chart the usual walking tours but outlines the esthetics that one might look for in the course of a Manhattan amble. Each item is its own little essay, written with as much attention to the literate architecture of his wordage as to the structural architecture of what he is looking at. He can put things together as you may never have thought to. . . . There was something that was news to me on almost every page, if not in fact then at least in some new angle of observation. . . . If there is anything wrong with this book, it is that it will absorb you in reading when you might be out looking."
--Richard F. Shepard, The New York Chronicle
Revised, Updated, and Expanded
This brand new edition of the popular Architectural Guidebook to New York City details, the most recent changes to Manhattan's built environment, including modifications that reflect post September 11. Hundreds of entries are thoughtfully presented in the context of the architectural, historical, and cultural settings.
Author Francis Morrone is a lecturer and tour leader for the Municipal Art Society of New York, a nonprofit civic organization founded in 1893. His writings on architecture and New York history appear in The New Criterion, the City Journal, and other publications. He can be contacted through his World Wide Web site at http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/fmorrone, where updates and corrections to the present book will be regularly posted.
Photographer James Iska, whose architectural photography has been exhibited all over the world and whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Chicago Sun Times adn the Chicago Tribune, is currently on the staff of the Art Institute of Chicago.