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1000 New York buildings
Brockmann, Jorg.
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New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, [2002]

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575 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm
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Includes index.
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F128.37 .B76 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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From skyscrapers to parking structures, from the Stock Exchange to the historic townhouses of Harlem, the buildings of New York are as diverse as its culture--and they are artfully photographed here by Jorg Brockmann. Essential information, history, and background stories about each one, along with neighborhood maps and useful sidebars, make this the last word on New York buildings large and small.

Bill Harris is a veteran New York historian and writer who has also logged many miles as a tour guide. Jorg Brockmann is an accomplished photographer whose talent matches the scale of the project. Together, they have created a feast for lovers of architecture and of great photography, as well as devotees of New York City.

Now in a well-priced and easy-to-carry paperback edition, One Thousand New York Buildings is the ultimate guide to the Great American City.

Author Notes

Bill Harris has lived in the New York area for more than 50 years. He worked for the New York Times for 25 years and has been a licensed New York City tour guide since 1976.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

A very handsome neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey of significant New York City buildings, from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island. Each section includes a map, and each building is represented by an attractive duotone photograph and a brief description. The only drawback is that the volume is much too big to carry along on a walking tour.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Clearly modeled on Eugene Atget' s meticulous documentation of Parisian architecture high and low, former New York Times photographer Jorg Brockmann' s One Thousand New York Buildings captures, if not always from ideal angles, everything from the Little Church Around the Corner (on E. 29th St.) to the Russian Tea Room, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (at the New York Botanical Garden) and the Jamaica Business Resource Center in Queens. Uptown apartment buildings such as the Dakota and 1001 Fifth Avenue share covers with the Police Building Apartments downtown and Crotona Terrace in the Bronx. Every borough is represented in more than 1,000 four-to-a-page b&w photos and short descriptions of each building by Bill Harris, author of 17 books about New York, including a history of the Plaza Hotel. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Imposing the unexplained and presumably arbitrary limit of 1000 buildings, New York City photographer Brockmann has selected, with a discerning eye, buildings distinguished by their opulence, historical significance, prominence, size, or architectural merit. He treats the five boroughs with relative evenness, although northern Manhattan is seriously underrepresented. What this volume lacks in comprehensiveness, however-and for that the AIA Guide to New York City is without peer-it compensates for with an elegant "portrait" (Brockmann's term) of every building. Each photograph reveals an essential aspect of the building through a keen sense of the descriptive capabilities of natural light. The composition of the pages is simple and direct, with usually six photographs on one page and the corresponding text on the opposite. The commentary by Harris (The Sidewalks of New York) is informative and without jargon, although it tends to editorialize, and there are also occasional editorial errors, such as an apparent difficulty in alphabetizing the Ms in an otherwise useful index. Linked to the text, the maps are excellent and adequately scaled. Recommended for all collections that include documentation of New York's architecture.-Paul Glassman, New York Sch. of Interior Design Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

With its 1,000 glimpses of diverse New York City buildings, this image-oriented book includes famous monuments and unknown gems dating from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Too heavy to accompany a walking tour, too breezy for research, it is best described in its foreword as a yearbook, which its layout resembles. Each building is keyed to a clear map and described through one handsome photograph and a short paragraph of chatty text offering interesting facts ranging from history to entertainment--and some unsubstantiated claims. A sprinkling of thematic essays introduces regional subjects (i.e., Times Square signage) and each of the boroughs; its recognition of the four not called "Manhattan" is a contribution to the tour book genre. Photographer Brockmann strives to "capture the unique life" of buildings, yet his fine pictures portray New York on a perpetual Sunday morning, full of fine light but no signs of life, contradicting Judith Dupre's introduction emphasizing city residents. Most of the images isolate the buildings without any sense of physical context, and many are curious details (one shows four courses of rusticated stone). Limited glossary; no bibliography or suggested readings. AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed., 2000) is more useful, if less attractive. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. J. A. Amundson Judson College

Table of Contents

Judith Dupre
Forewordp. 6
Photographer's Notep. 9
Lower Manhattanp. 11
World Trade Centerp. 47
Seaport and Civic Centerp. 59
Chinatown and Lower East Sidep. 81
Soho and Tribecap. 101
Greenwich Villagep. 123
Chelseap. 149
Gramercy and Kips Bayp. 163
Midtownp. 185
Roosevelt Islandp. 261
Upper East Sidep. 269
Central Parkp. 325
Upper West Sidep. 333
Harlem and the Heightsp. 363
The Bronxp. 395
Queensp. 431
Downtown Brooklynp. 463
Brooklynp. 491
Staten Islandp. 539
Glossaryp. 563
Indexp. 565
Index of Landmarksp. 574