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New York: A Guide to the Metropolis; Walking Tours of Architecture and History

Wolfe, Gerard R.

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ISBN 10: 0814791603 / ISBN 13: 9780814791608
Published by New York University Press, New York, 1975
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: New York: A Guide to the Metropolis; Walking...

Publisher: New York University Press, New York

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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This walking tour guide shows the variety of architectural styles that can be found in New York's public buildings, residences and commercial structures. Its 20 walking tours provide an insider's look at the architecture of New York City, and nearly 300 new and vintage photographs help to bring the city to life. Easy-to-follow street maps make this an ideal walking companion to the city. The book demonstrates the remarkable changes in the New York landscape of the last ten years - new construction in Times Square and Battery Park City, and newly designated historic districts such as the "Flat Iron District". In contains: dozens of rare historical photographs, showing Lower East-Side tenements and sweat shops, street car trolleys and fashionable Chelsea promenades; useful historical details, including mention of the recently discovered "Negroes Burial Ground behind City Hall"; and tours of other boroughs, including often overlooked historical areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Roosevelt Island. Designations of landmark status are clearly marked throughout.

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Covering every area of Manhattan--from Battery Park to Central Park, from Washington Square to Times Square--the fascinating architectural history of New York is illuminated in this comprehensive walking-tour guidebook. Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, New York: A Guide to the Metropolis unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham's architectural wonders. The book is chock-full of facts and detailed descriptions, and illustrated with nearly 300 vintage photographs and engravings that bring old New York back to life. Examples of surviving 17th-century Dutch Colonial architecture, historic neighborhoods, and buildings displaying virtually every architectural style known in the United States are highlighted. Twenty walking tours, ranging from two to five hours in length, explore the most fascinating landmarks, structures, and important sites in the city, all of which are clearly marked on easy-to-follow street maps.

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