"In the years I have lived in New York", writes the author, "I have walked the city's streets, explored the city's neighbourhoods, eaten in the city's restaurants, drunk in its bars and browsed in the city's second-hand book shops all in measures far exceeding what anyone would think of as healthy or normal." More than an architectural guide, this book offers visitors a real insider's insight on the Big Apple, and casts a flaneur's witty eye over the city's 600 most important cultural and architectural landmarks.
From Richard F. Shepard's review:
"Right from the start, the reader will realize that he is undergoing the expert ministrations of a man who understands New York and its infinite variety of constructions as few others do....In fact, this is a book that does not chart the usual walking tours but outlines the esthetics that one might look for in the course of a Manhattan amble. Each item is its own little essay, written with as much attention to the literate architecture of his wordage as to the structural architecture of what he is looking at. He can put things together as you may never have thought to....There was something that was news to me on almost every page, if not in fact then at least in some new angle of observation....If there is anything wrong with this book, it is that it will absorb you in reading when you might be out looking." (From The New York Chronicle.)