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One Thousand New York Buildings
Author: Bill Harris and Jorg Brockmann (photographer)
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $23.07
ArchitectureWeek— There are about 90,000 buildings in the five boroughs of New York City, with diversity ranging from single-story warehouses to skyscrapers. This close-up photographic tour captures just a few of them.

Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City
Author: Neal Bascomb
Publisher: Doubleday
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $17.16
ArchitectureWeek— Chronicle of the 1920s race to build the world's tallest building, focusing on architects William Van Alen and Craig Severance, creators of New York City's Manhattan Company Building and the Chrysler Building.

New York (World Cities Series)
Author: Alan Balfour
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $195.00
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of New York architecture of the last ten years of the 20th century and a projection of what's to come in the next ten.

Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience
Author: Jerold S. Kayden
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $64.00
ArchitectureWeek— An expose about the private take-over of spaces designated for public use in New York City.

Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist's Country Estate
Author: Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $50.70
ArchitectureWeek— This beautifully photographed book focuses on Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s country estate on Long Island, New York. Beginning in 1902, Tiffany (1848–1933) designed every aspect of the immense house: 84 rooms, eight levels, and extensive grounds. The residential masterpiece was also a quasi-museum filled with his own works — windows, glassware, pottery, enamels, lamps, oil paintings, and watercolors —as well as collections of Islamic, Asian, and Native American art.

Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture & Design in the New York City Subway
Author: New York Transit Museum
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $29.20
ArchitectureWeek— Commemorating its centennial, this publication presents an illustrated history of the architecture and design of the entire complex, from the interiors of the trains and the mosaic signage at the stations to the evolution of the token and the intricacy of the intertwined, rainbow-colored lines on the free, foldout map.The book includes newly commissioned color photographs of historic and contemporary station ornamentation as well as imagery from the Museum's archives. The images span the full century, from the system's inception in the early 1900s up to and including architectural renderings for the still-to-be-built Second Avenue line.

Empire: A Tale of Obsession, Betrayal, and the Battle for an American Icon
Author: Mitchell Pacelle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $27.95
ArchitectureWeek— A history of the Empire State Building in New York and the people and times that created and controlled it.

Manhattan Skyscrapers
Author: Eric Peter Nash and Carol Willis, with Norman McGrath, photographer
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic essay on New York's urban architecture and stunning skyline, featuring 75 of the city's most noteworthy towers. Spanning a 100-year history and organized chronologically, the book features each skyscraper through photographs, commentary, and history.

The Guide to the Art of Rockefeller Center
Author: Christine Roussel and Thomas Hoving
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— An accessible guidebook to the architecture, sculptures, murals, bas-reliefs, and mosaics of Rockefeller Center provides historical information about John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s, vision during the Great Depression, the unique contributions of nearly forty artists, and the exhibits available for viewing by today's visitors.

The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream
Author: Meredith L. Clausen
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— How a building and the reaction to it signaled the end of an era; the transformation of architectural practice in the context of New York City culture and politics. In The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream, Meredith Clausen tells the story as both history and cautionary tale -- a case study of how not to plan and execute a large-scale urban project that seems especially relevant in light of the World Trade Center and the ongoing discussions over what should be built in its place.

Imagining Ground Zero: The Official and Unofficial Proposals for the World Trade Center Site
Author: Suzanne Stephens
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The highly publicized building renewal process for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan has inspired a multitude of designs and engaged architects around the globe. Shown are real and fantasy proposals from architects as diverse as Coop Himmelblau, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, and Lindy Roy.

The Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan
Author: Steven Gaines
Publisher: Time Warner/Little Brown
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— A chronicle of the changes in Manhattan's residential skyline, from the slums of the nineteenth century to the advent of the luxury building. Gaines describes how living in boxes stacked on boxes came to be seen as the ultimate in status, and how the co—operative apartment, originally conceived as a form of housing for the poor, came to be used as a legal means of blackballing undesirable neighbors.

The Prestel New York Architecture Game
Author: Thomas Fackler
Publisher: Prestel USA
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— This unique introduction to New York's architecture lets players experience firsthand the strategy and triumph of building masterpiece. The Prestel New York Architecture Game challenges players as it explores the architectural feats that went into constructing twenty-four New York City landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Blockology: An Offbeat Walking Guide to Lower Manhattan
Author: Robert Jay Kaufman
Publisher: Turning Corners Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $17.05
ArchitectureWeek— A guide to Lower Manhattan through its history, people and architecture, with detailed maps and a full-page illustrations featuring a scavenger hunt of images. It makes a walk through the neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan a journey of personal discoveries.

New York Underground: The Anatomy of a City
Author: Julia Solis
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated historical tour of New York’s vast underground systems — from the bowels of Grand Central Terminal to the labyrinthine ruins of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Stories of the how these structures came into existence, with pictures of the strange artifacts of abandoned train stations and the work of the city’s underground graffiti artists.

New York, Empire City: 1920–1945
Author: David Stravitz - With an essay and captions by Christopher Gray
Publisher: Abrams
Year: 65535
Amazon Price: $23.10
ArchitectureWeek— New York comes gloriously to life in this fascinating collection of 100 historical photographs of notable streetscapes and landmarks. The photo's were discovered by author David Stravitz when he was on a hunt for used camera equipment These rare photographs of the city are accompanied here by informative captions and an insightful essay by architectural historian Christopher Gray. From Trinity Church to Harlem, from Coney Island to Yankee Stadium, these images transport the reader into a vanished era.

Guide to New York City Landmarks
Author: New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— The official guide to New York City's landmarks, including 128 new sites and 16 new historic districts. Descriptions, photographs, and maps.

New York's Pennsylvania Stations
Author: Hilary Ballon and Marilyn Jordan Taylor
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $38.68
ArchitectureWeek— The story of New York's Pennsylvania Station, from its construction (1902-1910) to its demolition in the 1960s, and the anticipation of a new station in 2003.


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