Suggested Reading List
AIA Guide to New York City
Author: Noval White, Elliot Willensky
Description: 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.
Blue Guide New York
Author: Carol Von Pressentin Wright
Description: An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, includiung walking tours and a focus on art and architecture.
Eyewitness Guide New York
Author: Eleanor Berman (Contributor)
Description: There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best. We see more visitors in our West Village neighborhood carrying it around than any other, and they all seem to love it.
Fodor's New York City's 25 Best
Description: 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.
Lost New York
Author: Nathan Silver
Description: This classic, published in 1967, was the urban preservationists' bible. It's a magnificent survey of the history and architectural development of the city, including many of the great buildings lost to the wrecking ball.
New York City Map (NY Unfolds)
Description: This convenient map of New York (1:25,00 scale) has a clever "origami" fold to prevent fussing with unwieldy re-folding.
Author: Elizabeth Hardwick
Description: Harwick's luminous 1979 novel of longing, desolation, New York City and Billie Holiday, thankfully returned to print. Read it for the extraordinary language, the flavor of 1940s New York.
Time and Again
Author: Jack Finney
Description: 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.
Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories
Author: Joseph Mitchell
Description: 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.
Wonderful Town, New York Stories from the The New Yorker
Author: Susan Choi (Editor), David Remnick (Editor)
Description: Collection of 43 stories taken from the past seven decades of short stories published in The New Yorker. Featuring John Updike, Dorothy Parker, Saul Bellow, J.D. Salinger, Vladimir Nabokov and John Cheever.
Writing New York, A Literary Anthology
Author: Philip Lopate (Editor)
Description: A massive, satisfying collection of good writing about New York over the centuries. Represented are Whitman, Edith Wharton, Henry Miller and many more.
Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants
Author: Zagat Survey (Editor)
Description: The slim annual guide to New York City's restaurants that launched the Zagat empire.