Virtuoso watercolorist Rick Brosen has been wandering the streets of New York City for most of his life. His paintings capture a city void of urban bustle and noise, a "still" New York in every sense of the word.
Brosen knows the city's hidden jewels-the elegant statues in vest-pocket West Side parks, the terra-cotta ornamentation on Harlem bow-front row houses, and the haunting emptiness of the surviving cast-iron market buildings along the Hudson. He also knows its major landmarks-the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, and Ellis Island, to name but a few. Alongside Brosen's luminous paintings, best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker Ric Burns and New York Times journalist Alan Feuer retrace the origins and growth of this ever-changing city from Tribeca and SoHo through Midtown and on to Central Park and up to the Cloisters, revealing-with Brosen's watercolors-its favorite places and hidden treasures.
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Ric Burns is a lifelong New Yorker with a deep knowledge of the city's lore, traditions, and culture. His books and television productions include New York: An Illustrated History and The Civil War.
Alan Feuer has been a staff writer at the New York Times since 1999, working mostly for the Metropolitan desk. He recently published Over There, a book based on his stint covering the Iraq war for the Times.
Frederick Brosen is an artist with many solo and group exhibitions to his credit. His watercolors are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New-York Historical Society.
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