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Up on the Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces Hardcover – May 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 Tra edition (May 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890506
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A new world of outdoor space and opportunity far above the fast-paced chaos of the city below... Brilliant." --AnOther magazine

"Utterly addicting." --Slate

"These NYers are really roofin' it... Aerial photographer Alex MacLean captured a rare bird's eye view of these little slices of heaven in his new book, Up on the Roof." -- NY Post

"The most ordinary-seeming roofs, Alex MacLean discovers, in fact function as graffiti repositories, farms, pools, restaurants, observation decks - and at the right angle, which he has a knack for finding (with the aid of a helicopter), as beautiful art." -- New York magazine

"Organic farms, swimming pools, even a vintage plane: New York's skyline has hidden delights, as aerial photographer Alex MacLean discovered." -- The Independent

"If you've ever wondered who has the most splendid roof in New York, the most lushly planted, the prettiest pool, etc., your curiosity may be appeased thanks to photojournalist Alex MacLean, who has documented seemingly every roof worth shooting in the city." -- Wall Street Journal

"Gorgeous... Up On The Roof focuses on the amazing top-floor world of New York City we may be vaguely aware of but rarely see, from swimming pools to eco-spaces, swanky bars to empty stretches, it's a fascinating compendium of stunning sky-high imagery." --It's Nice That

"Compelling and revealing... Mr. MacLean was described almost 20 years ago in The New York Times Magazine as 'an artist and a sociologist.' Cumulatively, his pictures of New York illustrate a city that has intuitively understood for a long time the value of a 'green roof,' and seems poised to exploit the potential." -- The New York Times

"Breathtaking, dreamy... MacLean captures New York from the sky, rife with everything from playgrounds to hydroponic farms." -- The Daily Beast

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Bersky on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Up on the Roof is chock-full of really cool rooftops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. There's even a farm! I'm blown away by the detail of each shot. This book is a must for anyone who likes hanging out on city rooftops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dumpy deer on June 21, 2012
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besides novels where you are pretty much required to read every single page, similarly, up on the roof compels you to not only look at each and every page, but to examine each rooftop on each page, shot by alex maclean, with quasi-voyeuristic glee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hurst on August 6, 2012
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Wonderful book and it arrived in A-1 shape. It's a new perspective of New York City. All of the familiar places are seen from the air, as well as many I've not heard of.
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Nice shots from the NY's rooftops, public, private and commum use.
Spoted the most famous buildings.
Must read for all rooftops lovers,
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By Stephanie Izzo on December 14, 2012
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I guess I was hoping for it to be a little more interesting... the only interesting shots (to me) were the ones with pools or rooftop gardens but there were alot of boring generic roofs in this book... good photography, just not as fascinating a book as I had thought it would be.
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