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A Worldly Art

A Worldly Art

by Mariet Westermann

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This appreciative analysis of Dutch art in its Golden Age (1585-1718) features 100 exemplary illustrations by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals and other Old Masters. (NTH46, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide New York City

Eyewitness Guide New York City

by Eleanor Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best -- and we see more visitors in our neighborhood carrying it around. (NYC02, $25.00)

Gotham, A History of New York up to 1898

Gotham, A History of New York up to 1898

by Mike Wallace | Edwin G. Burrows

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 1350 PAGES

This 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner for history is a vast volume that traces the Dutch colonization to 1898. Jam-packed with tales of crime, violence, corruption, riots and ethnic struggles, it is anything but dull. Highly recommended. (NYC11, $34.95)

New York City Map

New York City Map

by Popout Maps

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This convenient map of New York has a clever "origami" fold to prevent fussing with unwieldy re-folding. (NYC26, $6.95)

 
New York City Map

New York City Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A convenient folded, laminated map of New York City. One side is a detailed map of Manhattan south of 96th St, and includes northern Brooklyn. On the other side is a full index, a larger-scale regional map, and a map of the subway. (NYC207, $8.95)

AIA Guide to New York City

AIA Guide to New York City


by Noval White | Elliot Willensky

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 1024 PAGES

A quirky, digressive guide to the architecture of New York City, organized by neighborhood and bloated to 1,000 pages in this edition, last revised in 1987. (NYC03, $39.95)

Blue Guide New York

Blue Guide New York


by Carol Von Pressentin Wright

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, including walking tours and a focus on art and architecture. (NYC29, $24.95)

Chronicles of Old New York, Exploring Manhattan's Landmark Neighborhoods

Chronicles of Old New York, Exploring Manhattan's Landmark Neighborhoods


by

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

This selective guide features walking tours of each historic neighborhood, illustrated with color photographs and period maps. (NYC223, $17.95)

Fodor's New York City

Fodor's New York City


by Paul Eisenberg

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A practical, frequently revised guide in the popular series. (NYC188, $19.99)

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights. (USE36, $13.99)

Hedonist's Guide to New York

Hedonist's Guide to New York


by Urbandaddy | Andrew Stone

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A guide to the vibrant city, with comprehensive listings of accommodations, restaurants and bars. (NYC181, $18.95)

Knopf Mapguide New York

Knopf Mapguide New York


by Knopf Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER

A handy set of full color, ingeniously folded maps, each indicating favorite sites, shops, restaurants and attractions. (NYC171, $11.95)

New York City, A Cultural and Literary Companion

New York City, A Cultural and Literary Companion


by Eric Homberger

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals. With chapters on Broadway, Greenwich Village, parks, Harlem, Brooklyn, immigration and Manahattan. (NYC82, $15.00)

The Encyclopedia of New York City

The Encyclopedia of New York City


by Kenneth T. Jackson | New York Historical Society

  • REFERENCE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 1600 PAGES

The more than 5,000 alphabetical entries and 700 illustrations of the second edition of this fantastic reference has everything you've ever wanted to know about New York City. (NYC12, $65.00)

Coming to America

Coming to America


by Roger Daniels

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

Daniels adeptly explores the complex motives and experience of immigrants in the U.S. since 1550. (USE420, $18.99)

Downtown, My Manhattan

Downtown, My Manhattan


by Pete Hamill

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Native son Pete Hamill's tribute, history and memoir of New York, mostly below 42nd Street. (NYC148, $15.00)

Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center

Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center


by Daniel Okrent

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

In this grand social history Okrent illuminates the remarkable cast of characters, the ambitions, and mind-bending complexity in creating the beloved New York City landmark. (NYC100, $18.00)

Here is New York

Here is New York


by E.B. White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 56 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue. (NYC28, $16.95)

Low Life, Lures and Snares of Old New York

Low Life, Lures and Snares of Old New York


by Luc Sante

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 414 PAGES

A very engaging history of 19th-century New York's underbelly, the Lower East Side. It's a picture not only of particular neighborhoods, but of the life that was led within them: street culture, the saloons, the cops, the prostitutes, the money men, the poor. (NYC34, $18.00)

New York, The Story of a Great City

New York, The Story of a Great City


by Sara Henry

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 124 PAGES

Created in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, this hands-on history concisely and entertainingly traces the city's evolution from wilderness to great metropolis. (NYC242, $39.95)

The Great Bridge, The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

The Great Bridge, The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge


by David McCullough

  • HISTORY
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • 562 PAGES

McCullough's classic history set the gold standard for accounts of the Brooklyn Bridge and makes walking across the old behemoth all the more enriching. (NYC30, $20.00)

The Harlem Renaissance, Hub of African American Culture 1920-1930

The Harlem Renaissance, Hub of African American Culture 1920-1930


by Stephen Watson

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER

This book succinctly describes and illustrates the place, the people and the influence of the Harlem Renaissance through the writing and music of Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and others. (NYC57, $22.00)

The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America. (NYC153, $16.95)

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan


by Philip Lopate

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 421 PAGES

Essayist and consummate New Yorker, Philip Lopate pulls in history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the water's edge of Manhattan. (NYC113, $15.95)

Guide to New York City Landmarks

Guide to New York City Landmarks


by Andrew Dolkart | New York City Landmarks Preservatio

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

An indispensable guide to landmarks and historic districts in all five boroughs with 75 local maps. (NYC10, $32.95)

High Line, The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky

High Line, The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky


by Robert Hammond | Joshua David

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The creators of the High Line tell the story of the transformation of a grandly decaying ruin into the phenomenally popular a half-mile expanse of plants, paths, staircases and framed vistas through the revitalized far west side. (NYC241, $29.95)

Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait

Rembrandt, Master of the Portrait


by Pascal Bonafoux

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

With over 200 illustrations, this pocket-size encyclopedia traces the life and career of artist Rembrandt von Rijn. It offers insight into his influence on the art of the portrait -- an illuminating companion for any visit to Amsterdam and its museums. (NTH11, $12.95)

Rubens

Rubens


by Kristin Lohse Belkin

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Belkin chronicles the 17th century artist Peter Paul Rubens from his early family life to his influential interactions with the Italian Renaissance masters and finally to Antwerp, where he rose to fame as a renowned painter and diplomat to the royal courts of Europe. (NTH42, $29.95)

Unearthing Gotham, The Archaeology of New York City

Unearthing Gotham, The Archaeology of New York City


by Diana Dizerega Wall | Anne-Marie E. Cantwell

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

An illustrated survey and analysis of archaeological discoveries in the five boroughs. (NYC95, $24.00)

Gone to New York, Adventures in the City

Gone to New York, Adventures in the City


by Ian Frazier | Jamaica Kincaid

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Frazier writes with humor and warmth about his New York City in this collection of essays originally published in periodicals like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. (NYC156, $15.00)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


by Betty Smith | Annie Dillard

  • LITERATURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 490 PAGES

The much-beloved story of a girl in Brooklyn, who, like the Ailanthus, surmounts harrowing obstacles in order to thrive. Enormously descriptive of the Brooklyn of its time (the 1940s). (NYC56, $17.99)

Central Park, An Anthology

Central Park, An Anthology


by Andrew Blauner

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

This collection, with a introduction by Parks Commissionar Adrian Benape, features a host of great writers -- Francine Prose's memories of a Nino Simone concert at the height of the sixties civil rights fervor -- as well as some memorable excerpts from fiction, including a scene from Paul Auster's Moon Palace in which the narrator sleeps rough in the park. (NYC243, $17.00)

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring


by Tracy Chevalier

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Chevalier's richly drawn novel imagines the story behind Vermeer's mysterious portrait of a turbaned girl with a pearl earring. (NTH25, $16.00)

Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin


by Colum McCann

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Dublin-born New Yorker Colum McCann took home the 2011 International Impac Dublin literary award for his stunningly realized portrait of New York City. Set in 1974, he traces the interlocking lives of diverse characters as as Philippe Petit tightrope walks between the newly built Twin Towers. Let the Great World Spin won the National Book Award in 2009. (NYC214, $15.00)

Lush Life

Lush Life


by Richard Price

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 455 PAGES

With an ear for dialogue and feel for the nuances of class and race. Richard Price brilliantly explores the reverberations of the murder of a hipster on the Lower East Side. (NYC203, $16.00)

Portable Dorothy Parker

Portable Dorothy Parker


by Dorothy Parker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 626 PAGES

An illustrated collection of the poems, stories, reviews, and articles of Dorothy Parker, one of New York City's most sharp-tongued writers. (NYC07, $22.00)

Time and Again

Time and Again


by Jack Finney

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this altogether wonderful novel, Simon Morley -- an illustrator and secret government operative, native to 1970 New York -- is transported back in time to the Manhattan of the 1880s. (NYC45, $15.99)

Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories

Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories


by Joseph Mitchell

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 716 PAGES

Mitchell's collection of loving, extraordinarily vivid, short pieces, depicting New York in the 40's and 50's. He was a master at painting character, and place, in swift strokes. (NYC61, $18.00)

Writing New York, A Literary Anthology

Writing New York, A Literary Anthology


by Philip Lopate

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 1150 PAGES

A massive, satisfying collection of good writing about New York over the centuries. Represented are Whitman, Edith Wharton, Henry Miller and many more. (NYC59, $24.95)

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City

Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City


by Leslie Day

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A lovely handbook to the birds, mammals, insects, plants, fungi and geological features found in the parks and upon the pavement of the five boroughs. With over 200 detailed paintings, photographs and maps. (NYC185, $25.95)

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