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Magnetic city : a walking companion to New York / Justin Davidson.

Davidson, Justin, 1966- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780553394702
  • ISBN: 0553394703
  • Physical Description: xiv, 236 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note: "A Spiegel & Grau trade paperback original"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note: Walk I: City of Money (Financial District) -- Interlude I: City of Streets -- Walk II: Liquid City (Seaport, Governors Island, & Brooklyn Waterfront) -- Walk III: The City Reborn (World Trade Center) -- Interlude II: City of Towers -- Walk IV: The City Transformed (West Chelsea & the High Line) -- Walk V: City of Ideals (42nd Street from Bryant Park to the UN) -- Interlude III: City of Glass -- Walk VI: City of Nostalgia (The Upper West Side) -- Interlude IV: City of Apartments -- Walk VII: City of Dreams (Sugar Hill & South Bronx) -- Finale: City of Memory.
Summary, etc.: "For nearly a decade, Pulitzer prize-winning critic Justin Davidson has explained New York, the city, to his readers at New York, the magazine. He has visited new and preserved buildings, explored neighborhoods in mid-transformation; interviewed architects, developers, and urban thinkers; and tracked the city's constant change. Now, he distills those experiences into Magnetic City, an ambler's guide to New York--the city around us, the one that's lost, and the one that's still to come. Essayistic in form, historical in scope, and filled with references to literature, music, art, and architecture, Magnetic City offers first-time visitors and lifelong residents a new way to see New York"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 March #2
    *Starred Review* New York is a city of constant change. That has been especially so in the years following 9/11 when New York repeatedly reinvented itself. A good tour guide (particularly if he or she is of a certain age) on the seemingly ubiquitous double-decker buses can spend virtually the whole day talking about what in the city is new, what wasn't there at all before that terrible day. (That, of course, is after talking about the Empire State Building, the Woolworth Building, Grand Central Station, and so on.) Davidson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic for New York magazine, is a resident, student, and passionate lover of New York, and he has done right by a subject that, fittingly, has been essayed many times before. He combines a keen intelligence, experience, observational skills, expertise (especially but not solely architectural), and an elegant writing style to make this beautifully produced book indispensable. The sections on the 9/11 museum, on Calatrava's dovelike Oculus, on the unique High Line, and on the Jewish Upper West Side are singularly informative, as are Davidson's less rapturous examinations of today's skyscrapers. Curiously, the walking tours, though they are very much worth pursuing, are among the book's lesser features. The story of New York, its feel and history, particularly in the past few years, is what makes this book memorable. It will soon, of course, be superseded (hopefully by a second edition). Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Justin Davidson is the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine, where he writes about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. He grew up in Rome, graduated from Harvard, and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia University. As a classical music and cultural critic at Newsday, he won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Subject: New York (N.Y.) > Description and travel.
Walking > New York (State) > New York.
New York (N.Y.) > History.
Historic buildings > New York (State) > New York.
Historic sites > New York (State) > New York.
Architecture > New York (State) > New York.
New York (N.Y.) > Buildings, structures, etc.
TRAVEL > Hikes & Walks.
HISTORY > United States > State & Local > Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Historic buildings
Historic sites
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: History.

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