books about nyc

From the intimate jazz bars of Greenwich Village to the vibrant streets of Harlem, the dazzling lights of the Theater District to the quiet brownstones of Brooklyn; this city has something for everybody! 4. A surprising amount of important revolutionary history happened throughout the present-day five borough city, and the author supplements his never-dull book with walking tours of the places he mentions.” —Michael Miscione 22. Harriet the Spy by Louise FitzhughThe 1960s was a particularly rich era for stories of precocious kids navigating Gotham. That is what I thought after I read Up in The Old Hotel. The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York by Greg Young and Tom Meyers“One of the running themes of this book is not just about the history of New York but how New Yorkers looked at their own history throughout history.”—Young, in an interview with the authors on Curbed NY, 5. This, I said over and over again as I read the book for the first time: This is what I love about New York.” —Adelle Waldman, author, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. 14. Ragged Dick - Horatio Alger (1868) 1880s. Forgotten New York by Kevin Walsh“Walsh's book came out right around the time I was moving to NYC, and I used it as a sort of field guide to looking for bits of history around various NYC neighborhoods. Sonia Sotomayer, the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court, reveals the story of how she rose to such great heights in this inspiring memoir. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto“New Yorkers tend to think the city sprang fully formed out of the past, a triumph of development by British colonists, but the Dutch were here for over a century before the English gave them the book. Spanning decades and, at times, continents, Allison tells us how their unlikely friendship came to be, and what happened to them over the years. The book is so frank—about sex, power, and the profound misogyny of American life in the 1930s—that it caused a terrific scandal. The AIA Guide to New York City by Norval White and Elliot WillenskyCome for the in-depth descriptions of every major New York building, stay for the bitchy commentary about the ones the authors didn’t like all that much. Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas“One of the most original approaches to thinking about the role of “fantastic” architecture in the growth of New York City. First published 50 years ago, the most recent edition was released in 2010—and we’re eagerly awaiting the next one. Not just a gift to me, but to the history of New York City. 19. Toni Morrison composes a riveting, immersive work in this story of 1920s Harlem. But this book isn’t about how we all lose our personal city. And one thing to note: We’ve linked to Amazon here for convenience’s sake, but we of course recommend seeking these out at one of New York City’s amazing independent bookstores: the Strand, Three Lives & Company, Greenlight, Community Bookstore, Word, Book Culture… we could go on, but you get the idea. So Little Time by John Marquand“This novel was published in the 1940s and depicts the city just before World War II, when the tail end of the Jazz age, the remnants of 1930’s style, the growing sense of modernity and the ominous possibility of it all disappearing in war came together. One thing that sets her apart, though, is her family’s vast fortune, to which she is the heiress. But getting to the upper echelons is one thing; staying there, amidst the ambition, the greed, and the betrayals, is another. Taken as a whole, the items in the book—everything from old token to NYCTA uniforms to pamphlets distributed to tourists—amount to a stunning visual archive of New York’s transit history. And, of course, it's about NYC—how and why it looks the way it does today.” —Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist and author of Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York. The setting is a major part of what has made E.L. Konigsburg's 1967 children's mystery an enduring classic, and From the Mixed-Up Files continues to inspire generations of kids to take more than a passing interest in museums and art history—even if they don't get to splash around in the fountain. One of the most iconic novels of midcentury New York (thanks in part to Audrey Hepburn’s fabulous portrayal of Holly Golightly in the film version), this novel will make you want to head over to 5. 39. Pei-designed supertall loomed over Midtown? Professional chefs, line cooks, street vendors and more, from the classic restaurants to the up-and-coming, come together to create a rich and complex account of food in New York City. Perhaps no author has better encapsulated the sense of New York as a place of personal reinvention, for better and worse. Henry Park is no stranger to the feeling of having multiple identities. The Times’s staff critics talk with one another about the reading they did in 2020, on and off the job. Playground of My Mind by Julia Jacquette“In this large-format book, artist Julia Jacquette illustrates her childhood memories of New York's modernist playgrounds, visually connecting their pyramids, watercourses, and climbing cubes to the architecture of everyone and everything from LEGO and Aldo Van Eyck. David McCullough’s 500-plus page book takes you through every detail, making this an indispensable resource for New York history and architecture buffs. Everyone has a different take on this bustling, diverse city. It gets harder, however, when Frank is stabbed to death, and a colleague (and fellow former member of St. Vincent’s Home for Boys), is jailed for the crime. —Asad Syrkett, senior editor, Curbed, 43. The Battle for New York by Barnet Schechter “Schecter puts New York City center stage during the American Revolution. The book is a beautiful telling of New York as Venice, tracing everyday lives of its ordinary heroes and celebrating not only the resilience of cities but more importantly the resilience of urban life in cities.” —Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; co-founder, WORKac, 35. It made you know what people wanted and what they dreamed.…’” —Paul Goldberger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author of Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. You might think that doing justice to that period of gilt and misery in more than 1,000 pages might get tedious, but this is a made-for-Netflix epic.” —Justin Davidson, New York magazine architecture critic and author of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, 11. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. 45. The Brooklyn Bridge—viewed as the greatest engineering feat of mankind when it opened in 1883—was the result of a toiling (some might say cursed) family, who fought off competitors and corrupt politicians to beat the laws of nature and provide an essential connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Set in the 1940s, Breakfast at Tiffany's limns both the glamour and the darkness of Holly Golightly's life as a society darling/borderline prostitute on the Upper East Side—and the unnamed narrator who's fascinated and repelled by her. New York’s plaza conversions, parklets, and expanding bike network have since been emulated round the world.”—from Curbed.com’s 101 books about where and how we live. Arriving with no job prospects lined up, she scrambles just to find a job as a lowly back-waiter. As the years go by, and their lives change, for better and worse, what keeps them together is their fierce attachment to Jude. 27. Put all of them on your reading list: 1. 3. We are experiencing technical difficulties. 29. Morrone’s guidebook details the row houses, churches and various historic structures in northern and central Brooklyn, which includes the borough’s iconic “brownstone belt.” The story of Brooklyn’s buildings is also one of brilliant, quirky, and sometimes corrupt architects and developers, which lends the book added color. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books about New York City—broad overviews of its history, deep dives into topics like gentrification or architecture, novels that capture a particular moment in time, the list goes on. The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir by Vivian GornickAny New Yorker with a good cobbler will tell you that the city is best experienced on foot—treading its streets and avenues and being open to surprising encounters. I'm excited for the next volume, which just came out—17 years after the first!” —Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs and author of Greater Than Ever, 10. We rate the best books about NYC from coming-of-age stories set in Brooklyn to new fiction novels including American Psycho, The Catcher in the Rye and more Working in Brooklyn as hired help for gangster Frank Minna, Tourette’s-suffering orphan, Lionel Essrog has a challenging life. The Power Broker by Robert Caro“My favorite book about NYC is The Power Broker by Robert Caro. Here are some books about New York City that are certainly worth a read. New York City. 9. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album. WhiteE.B. He talks about his walks out of Brownsville to the 'city" and reflects on his connection/disconnection to the world. His thoughts are interrupted occasionally by the odd encounter with someone else on the street, sparking conversations on topics from Alexander Hamilton to his own past. Discover the best New York Travel Guides in Best Sellers. Editor's Picks: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Stories Read By Your Favorite Celebrities, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Motherless Brooklyn (Movie Tie-In Edition). You just want to linger and leave with a new purchase, even if you don't plan to read that book right away. A History of New York in 101 Objects by Sam RobertsBuilding off a New York Times feature that solicited reader input on the tchotchkes that best represent New York, Roberts’s 2014 book is a compact, yet thorough, history of the greatest city in the world. Bill Cunningham’s photography captured the evolution of style, of trends, and of the everyday, both in New York City and in Paris. He is also a spy for the United States, with all of the identities that brings. (See: calling Richard Meier’s One Prospect Park “a massive beached whale,” among other bon mot.) He awes over the implausible mess of infrastructure and humanity, and offers astute observations like this: "New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience—if they did they would live elsewhere. In this crackling, wry memoir, she reveals just how she came to be the most trusted adviser on 5. ", 16. 12. We hope you enjoy—and if your favorite is not on the list, chime in with your picks in the comments. The objects featured are wonderfully diverse—oysters, subway tokens, the Domino Sugar Refinery sign, and the bagel all make appearances—and the stories are compulsively readable. Top 10 Books about NYC. Stuart Little by E.B. Never fear: books have your back. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs“Apart from being astute and full of implications about human nature as well as urban planning, her analysis evokes the city like almost no other book—in part because Jacobs conjures up not just the New York of a particular era but the vital something that is constant, that accounts for so much of the city’s pull, generation after generation. It's also about power and how it is amassed. As far as I’m concerned, it should be a staple. MENTIONED IN: Our 10 Most Anticipated New Releases of December 2020. He teaches people how to engage with their environment, and ultimately appreciate it more, even the ugly parts.” —Julia Wertz, author, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, 17. Read about the powerful Corleone family as they come up against their enemies in the name of honor, vengeance, and family. Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary KnightWho didn't want to be Eloise when they were a kid? Enjoyable listening and may give you some ideas for books about NYC to read. This rich visual survey of mom-and-pop New York, filled with large format photos, shows why these corner spots are vital to our city's character.” —from Curbed.com’s 101 books about where and how we live, 41. What’s a small student loan compared to the profit of a massive New York City media corporation? Does anyone know of a good book about its history? By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Behind-the-scenes stories and historical anecdotes also reveal how this space has remained sacred to New Yorkers for over 100 years. Gotham by Mike Wallace“While it only covered the period up to 1898 (in 1,424 pages), I found the themes—especially about the cyclical nature of the city—to be timeless and applied them in my time as Deputy Mayor. By pointing out buildings, lesser known landmarks and remnants of early NYC, Walsh gives the reader a new way to see every day things we walk past on the way to the subway. A History of New York - Washington Irving (1809) 1860s. Enjoyable listening and may give you some ideas for books about NYC to read. A tiny mistake, an “accidentally” deposited check, and the click of a button is all it takes for executive assistant Tina Fontana to fall down the rabbit hole of corporate embezzlement. New York City Transit Authority: Objects by Brian KelleyFrom the team that brought you the reissue of the NYCTA Standards Manual comes this compendium of subway ephemera, painstakingly collected and catalogued by photographer Brian Kelley. Here are five novels set in New York’s East Village that will teach you what it’s really like—or what it used to be. Here Is New York by E.B. 7. #TheLIST: The Best Books About NYC. Part hard-boiled detective caper and part gentle character study, the story follows the travails of Lionel Essrog, a would-be detective with a vividly realized case of Tourette's syndrome. Washington Square - Henry James (1880) A Hazard of New Fortunes - William Dean Howells (1889) 1890s. When You Reach Me by Rebecca SteadSure, there's a heady element of time travel in Rebecca Stead's 2009 Newbery winner, about brainy middle schooler Miranda trying to puzzle out a seemingly impossible mystery. It's subtle and powerful." Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. 18. February 5, 1995 The 10 Best Books About New York By SAM ROBERTS . It’s impossible to objectively rank great works of literature, so these are listed in no particular order. Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost its Soul by Jeremiah Moss“We all have our own lost city. The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook by Sally Ingber and Roy FinamoreOne of New York’s most iconic restaurants demands a big book packed with photography, recipes and history. 22. Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell“What a gift. 32. Renowned Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper, Betty Halbreich, has delivered spot-on style choices and life advice for decades. About fashion ; it ’ s lesser-known novels, piercing memoir, she grew depend. While over, is her family ’ s one Prospect Park “ a New... 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