New York Streetscapes by Christopher Gray
Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buildings and Landmarks

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Christopher Gray's engaging tales of historic Gotham locales transport readers back in time for a stroll through the streets of old New York. The noted architectural historian, who writes the popular "Streetscapes" column in The New York Times, here gathers 190 of the best-loved of those columns to captivate readers with his wealth of information about sites and buildings and the intriguing lives of the people connected to them.

From the Bridge Cafe (New York's oldest surviving bar) on Water Street to the Revolutionary War-era Morris-Jumel Mansion in upper Manhattan, Gray turns the spotlight on both obscure and familiar landmarks, and each of his witty, urbane essays is illustrated with at least one period photograph. Gray's vast enthusiasm and love for New York's architecture is evident in all that he writes, as is his concern for the preservation of the city's architectural treasures.

 

About Christopher Gray

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Gray is an illustrator and writer and owner of Scribble Boy Studios. For the past 11 years he has worked in television, magazine, and corporate advertising, creating identities for several major corporations.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Diane Pub Co. 447 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The combination of Gray's elegant architectural writing (on MoMA's facade: "After that the curved canopy was replaced and the panels were either all replaced or altered to eliminate their variegated, milky quality") with his gossipy and historical anecdotes ("In 1893 Delmonico's was found guilty ...

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