Aia Guide to New York City

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/9/2010
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Hailed as "extraordinarily learned" (New York Times), "blithe in spirit and unerring in vision," (New York Magazine), and the "definitive record of New York's architectural heritage" (Municipal Art Society), Norval White and Elliot Willensky's book is an essential reference for everyone with an interest in architecture and those who simply want to know more about New York City.

First published in 1968, the AIA Guide to New York City has long been the definitive guide to the city's architecture. Moving through all five boroughs, neighborhood by neighborhood, it offers the most complete overview of New York's significant places, past and present. The Fifth Edition continues to include places of historical importance--including extensive coverage of the World Trade Center site--while also taking full account of the construction boom of the past 10 years, a boom that has given rise to an unprecedented number of new buildings by such architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, and Renzo Piano. All of the buildings included in the Fourth Edition have been revisited and re-photographed and much of the commentary has been re-written, and coverage of the outer boroughs--particularly Brooklyn--has been expanded.

Famed skyscrapers and historic landmarks are detailed, but so, too, are firehouses, parks, churches, parking garages, monuments, and bridges. Boasting more than 3000 new photographs, 100 enhanced maps, and thousands of short and spirited entries, the guide is arranged geographically by borough, with each borough divided into sectors and then into neighborhood. Extensive commentaries describe the character of the divisions.

Knowledgeable, playful, and beautifully illustrated, here is the ultimate guided tour of New York's architectural treasures.

Acclaim for earlier editions of the AIA Guide to New York City:

"An extraordinarily learned, personable exegesis of our metropolis. No other American or, for that matter, world city can boast so definitive a one-volume guide to its built environment." - Philip Lopate, New York Times

"Blithe in spirit and unerring in vision."- New York Magazine

"A definitive record of New York's architectural heritage... witty and helpful pocketful which serves as arbiter of architects, Baedeker for boulevardiers, catalog for the curious, primer for preservationists, and sourcebook to students. For all who seek to know of New York, it is here. No home should be without a copy." - Municipal Art Society

"There are two reasons the guide has entered the pantheon of New York books. One is its encyclopedic nature, and the other is its inimitable style--'smart, vivid, funny and opinionated' as the architectural historian Christopher Gray once summed it up in pithy W & W fashion."- Constance Rosenblum, New York Times

"A book for architectural gourmands and gastronomic gourmets." - The Village Voice

Author Biography

Norval White (1926-2009) was Professor Emeritus at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York. Among his architectural designs are the New York City Police Headquarters, and his books include The Architecture Book and New York: A Physical History.
Elliot Willensky (1933-1990) was Vice Chairman of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission and the author of When Brooklyn Was the World.
Fran Leadon is a registered architect and teaches at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Using the Guide
Borough One: Manhattan
Lower Manhattan
The Villages
Midtown Manhattan
Upper West Side
Central Park
Upper East Side
The Heights and Harlems
Upper Manhattan
The Other Islands
Borough Two: The Bronx
Southern Bronx
Central Bronx
Western Bronx
Eastern Bronx
Northern Bronx
Borough Three: Brooklyn
West Central Brooklyn
Northern Brooklyn
Central Brooklyn
Southwestern Brooklyn
Southern Brooklyn
Southeastern Brooklyn
Eastern Brooklyn
Borough Four: Queens
Western Queens
Central Queens
Southern Queens
Far Queens
The Rockaways/Jamaica Bay
Borough Five: Staten Island
Northern Staten Island
Eastern Staten Island
Central Staten Island
Southern Staten Island
Illustration Credits
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Wonderful guide May 12, 2011
What an amazing textbook!! Of course it is impressive for the sheer breadth of entries--like no other textbook on my shelf, thumbing through it feels like holding the entire city of New York in my hands. I was delighted to find this new edition with many more photos, much more detail on everything than in the original. New Yorkers--buy this textbook and look up! You'll never look at your city the same way.
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