The massive New York 1960
is the third installment in a series covering the last 100 years of New York architectural history. Weighing almost eight pounds, it's a seemingly endless parade of images and information woven together into a fascinating tale of the changing urban landscape. The combination of political, social, and artistic commentary of the day culled largely from primary sources, along with sharp period photographs, provide a time machine's experience of the city that was. The historic tour begins with lower Manhattan and progresses uptown one neighborhood (and practically one building) at a time. With stories of buildings that were never built, teams of architects fired from projects, and the influence of the mayor's office, this chronicle offers amazing insight into how decisions were made and their impact on the city's life. The implementation of parking meters, the zoning laws to support retail on 5th Avenue, the movement of artists from Greenwich Village to what used to be Coenties Slip to industrial SoHo are a number of examples. For anyone interested in architecture, urban issues, or the history of New York City, New York 1960
should not be missed. --J.P. Cohen
A comprehensive survey of architecture and urbanism in New York between the years 1945 and 1976, this book examines the significant buildings, redevelopment projects and unbuilt schemes. Organized geographically, it also includes discussion of interiors, the outer boroughs and suburban developments. The text utilizes primary sources as commentary, quoting from critics, architects and designers of the time. All the photographs are from the period. This period was a pivotal era during which New York took on an important international position. The book features some of the more important and visible additions to the city's skyline, such as the Lincoln Center, the Twin Towers, Lever House, the development of the Lower East Side, the building of the United Nations complex, the transformation of Park and Sixth avenues, and the redevelopment of Harlem.
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