Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
  • Seeking New York: The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture of Manhattan--One Building at a Time
ISBN: 0789329174
EAN13: 9780789329172
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 7.7" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, this charming guide traces the architectural and social history of Manhattan one building at a time. The island of Manhattan has been through remarkable architectural and social change throughout its history. Organized roughly by neighborhoods, this book explores the seemingly never-ending depths of architectural, personal, and social history of Manhattan, building by building. Follow the family feud that led to the construction of the luxurious Waldorf Astoria, or trace the decay of a once proud home to an increasingly humble storefront, delving into the surprising, sometimes scandalous, often touching stories of the people who lived there along the way. Alongside the details about each architect, dates, and styles, author Tom Miller reveals the joys, tragedies, and scandals of those who lived within. In addition to iconic structures, the book includes many off-the-beaten-path buildings that most guidebooks overlook, as well as notable buildings that no longer stand but remain key to Manhattan's architectural history. Beautifully researched, engagingly presented, and richly detailed, Seeking New York is truly a must-read for anyone interested in the story of New York and how it got that way.

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5
   If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere--New York! New York!
It was a fortuitous accident that I stumbled on this book after seeing mention of a blog that sounded like a good deal at a Manhattan restaurant. I live in the South but find architecture everywhere in this country, and this book showcases New York architecture to a fare-the-well. It is one of those books one can pick up and read several chapters about the architecture and the wonderful backstories behind the buildings, and then pick it up when one has a yen for more. It is amazing that one person, the author Tom Miller, could have amassed all this wonderful history of NY, and perhaps I too would add that the photography is outstanding, too, Raymond said. Even though the book is titled "Architecture," I believe it would play in Peoria or any other city for those who love historic buildings.
 
5
   Charming Intimate Tourbook of NYC
Charming and quirky to some of the lesser known architectural treasures of New York City -- and lesser known stories about some of the famous buildings, they say. The text is well written and informative, and the line drawings are delightful, the author said.
 
5
   I ordered this for my friend, and she cannot put it down.
These are amazing sellers, said Ragin. I'm getting it for myself, but I wonder if my son will want to keep it at his apartment. Selling used cars is illegal, and I would buy anything from these guys. The customer service at Mohegan Sun has been exceptional. Five stars! It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
5
   Fascinating history
This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of historic houses, buildings, and even stables.
 
5
   A Great Read
This is a very interesting book, and I've enjoyed reading it. There is a lot of gossip and fun information that you don't find in most architectural books about New York, Sosa said.
 
5
   A very lovely reference book
It's fun, well illustrated, and a great thing to have for the out-of-town visitor to NYC!
 
3
   Rather Obscure
This is a high quality book, and it is priced well for the quality. For those visiting New York for 2 to 4 days, I would say the buildings are a little obscure, and the choices seemed to be focused on smaller buildings rather than some more common names.
 
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