As a transplanted native New Yorker, this is my favorite book about NYC.
This book made me want to explore northern Manhattan, around Inwood and Highbridge Park as well as the multiple public housing projects on the East River.
And I doubt most readers will put down WATERFRONT without feeling unchanged.
Thank you Mr. Lopate for delivering such a highly personal and passionate ode to New York and its waterfront. I am a lover of New York (I even have a t-shirt that says so). Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
This is a great regional history book by Phillip Lopate (Leonard Lopate's brother), one of the many gifted New York historians fixated on uncovering hidden gems and forgotten... Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by paullloydsargent
I taught this book during the summer of 2005 as the anchor text of a content-based ESL curriculum at CUNY entitled "Stories of the City, Stories of the Sea" - it was sort of an... Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by John Proctor
Move between the two rivers and one comes to Central Park in mid-Manhattan. Inside the Park, The Ramble, a maze of paths on which one can easily, but not hopelessly, get lost... Read morePublished on March 8, 2008 by James Carragher
I love this book. Everyone who lives in, works in, or even visits Manhattan should read this book and take a walk to the waterfront. Incredibly well written and researched. Read morePublished on January 20, 2008 by Steven Moore
Part New York City history and part autobiography, this book has a lot to offer for anyone interested in New York City and its waterfront. Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by Jerry Sanchez
As a transplanted native New Yorker, this is my favorite book about NYC. It is the NYC that few non-New Yorkers know and that appears to be fast disappearing in the land of million... Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by M. Atkins
The author makes a key point that every major city celebrates their waterfron while New York turns inward. Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by Steve Sora
As Lopate says, even though Manhattan is an island, its waterfront is under-utilized and, as a result, little-known -- even by native NYers. Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by Stan-the-Scribbler