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Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time Paperback – March 10, 2015
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About the Author
Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio, bringing with him a passion for buildings. He currently holds the rank of deputy inspector within the NYPD’s Auxiliary Police Force. In 2009 he started a blog, Daytonian in Manhattan, which has now reviewed over a thousand buildings, statues, and other points of interest.
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The book is divided into sections, by neighborhood and covers a lot of ground. Each entry tells when the building was built and details about its creation. Then the writing goes on to explore ANY tidbit, the juicier the better, connected with the place. Some houses have a riches-to-rags story going from high society dinners and fancy weddings, to a second life as a boarding house or apartments. Then the stories are often fantastic, burglars, suicides, clever criminals, dumb suitors, fires, bad renovations ... anything that happened at that address. It's all so fascinating and well written. The accompanying photos are a real treat and give details of the structure you could never see by just glancing at the building. They really are quite surprising in the care they are executed with. And, like I said, every day a new one.
Ok, so that was about the blog, but the book is a really nice reproduction of (only) 50 of the pieces from it. It fits nicely in your hand, the photos are well done and the book is clearly organized. If you like NYC history, current architecture (these are buildings that STILL exist - well, mostly, some are sadly labelled 'lost') interesting stories and excellent photography you will like this book!
live in the South but find architecture anywhere in this country fascinating, and this book showcases New York architecture to a fare-the-well.
The book is divided into neighborhoods but no matter----it is one of those books one can pick up and read several chapters
about the architecture and the wonderful backstories behind the buildings----put the book down and then pick it up when one has
a yen for more architecture.
It is amazing that one person, the author Tom Miller, could have amassed all this wonderful history of NY, and might I add that the photography is outstanding also. Even though the theme is NY architecture, believe me this book would "play in Peoria" or any
other city for those who love historic buildings.