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New York Deco Hardcover – October 6, 2009

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New York's most obvious examples of the streamlined architectural style-the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center-figure prominently in this book, but it's the less notorious buildings and the attention given to architectural details that shine brightest in this paean to old Gotham. Evoking the emotional appeal of interiors, Berenholtz captures the scintillating gold mosaics within the reception hall of the Irving Trust Building. An added enticement is the inclusion of lesser known landmarks that will be familiar to careful observers of late twentieth cinematography: The Lenox Lounge once played host to jazz greats Billie Holiday and John Coltrane and was featured in Spike Lee's Malcolm X; Scorsese buffs will recognize the gritty glamour of the Airline Diner from Goodfellas. Because of the book's diminutive size, some studies, most notably of Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, aren't as powerful as they could be, but interiors and exterior bric-a-brac, often overlooked in New York architecture books, take center stage here.
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"...Photographer Richard Berenholtz provides photographs of Manhattan's most stylish and dazzling period: the 1920s and 1930s. Carol Willis, architectural historian, writes in the introduction that the Art Deco style was characterized by geometric ornamentation and 'machine-tooled elegance and sleek lines.' ...Berenholtz captures the skyline in the glimmering orange of sunrise and kaleidoscopic lights of sunset. Many photographs are complemented by quotations from people such as capitalist Ayn Rand: 'The skyline of New York is a monument of splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.'"
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"Now available in a compact and indubitably affordable edition, New York Deco is a collection of Richard Berenholtz's full-color photography showcasing some of New York's most outstanding art deco architecture.  Brief text captions and the occaisonal quote enhance this stunning collection that is surely the next best thing to touring New York's grandiosity in person.  A treat for art deco fans, and the perfect souvenir for an unforgettable New York vacation, New York Deco is highly recommended."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Books (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599620782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599620787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The lovely Rockefeller Center rightly kicks of this photographic Deco tour of New York. The exteriors of the six buildings have delights everywhere, for all to see, too.

The book though is very generalised and probably aimed at the tourist market because it has no contents, index or bibliography. What it does have are plenty of close-ups of the detail work that seems to adorn so many Manhattan buildings, frequently way above street level so that these gems are mostly missed. There is a super shot of one of the Chrysler eagles on pages 148-9, or the ornamental metalwork of a lightning bolt and a bird on the General Electric Tower, page fifty-one.

The one hundred and thirty eight photos are all in color and each has an informative caption. Between the photos text pages contain thoughts on Big Apple by a variety of writers and historical personalities, which again suggest the title is really a keepsake aimed at the visitor.

A similar photo book by Carla Breeze New York Deco, though lacking in so many close-ups takes a more guide book approach with copy and photos covering commercial, residential, entertainment, public and religious buildings plus an index and bibliography. If your curiosity goes further David Garrard Lowe's fascinating Art Deco New York, sums it all up within a serious historical perspective.

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This book is a photographic compendium of glittering examples of Art Deco in New York City, by the photographer Richard Berenholtz. The pictures are stunning, both large scale pictures of buildings and detail shots, some of which almost look like abstractions. They are all in color, and all gorgeous. As to text, there are two kinds. The first is a series of quotations from literary lights and other notables of the day, about New York -- excellently chosen, and delightful. The second is the captions of the pictures. These are somewhat helpful -- they usually tell you who made something, and when it was made -- but they could have more information. Architectural tourists (outlander or local) really want to know about what they are looking at. Still and all, a gorgeous book.
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This is a lovely coffee table book with excellent color photographs. Art Deco lends itself well to this sort of treatment as there were no particularly outstanding primar donnas of the style. The style was meant to be highly visual and lacking in subtlety. Thus, photography such as this serves as an excellent medium for conveying the content of the style.
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This is amazing. I love it. I am so fascinated with the art
Deco period and New Yorks buildings. Especially the Chrysler Building. I have never been to New York, so I just have to have books and read about it and see it on TV shows.
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To put it simply, beautiful photographs capturing the essence of NYC Art Deco, complemented by descriptions and vivid image-provoking quotes. A must-buy for any fan. The day I received it I read every word and even took notes for my upcoming NYC trip... Take note of the smaller, approx. 6x6 in. size of this book, it is not the typical coffee-table book size. My only complaint would be that it is not larger. Highly recommended and a great bargain.
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Berenholtz was trained, licensed, experienced and successful as an architect before he chose to concentrate on photography. It shows in this wonderful book, which is filled with artfully framed and technically refined photographs. What sets it apart is the concise storytelling and descriptions of style, locations and history-- knowledge that brings more depth to the work. If a skilled author always "writes what he knows", here is a photographer who "shoots what he knows". The book is a bargain.
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Now available in a relatively compact and indubitably affordable edition, New York Deco is a collection of Richard Berenholtz's full-color photography showcasing some of New York's most outstanding art deco architecture. Brief text captions and the occasional quote enhance this stunning collection that is surely the next best thing to touring New York's grandiosity in person. A treat for art deco fans, and the perfect souvenir for an unforgettable New York vacation, New York Deco is highly recommended.
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A great approach to seeing the New York Deco that might otherwise be unavailable due to ones location, lack of time while in NYC or just the fact that so many places are now off limits due to overt security paranoia.
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