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Lost New York

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
It is hardly surprising that the city that never sleeps has lost some things along the way. Fortunately, Nathan Silver's "magnificent and heartbreaking record" (Louis Auchincloss) captures with rare and stunning photographs that New York of legend and memory. From the lost Penn Station and two World's Fairs to the stone facades of great Fifth Avenue houses and the cast-iro ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 7th 1993 by Wings (first published January 1st 1967)
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James Eckman
While there's a fair amount of text, I mostly skipped over it looking for pictures of smaller commercial buildings and residences. There were a few, but not many. The emphasis is more on mansions and grand civil buildings and with little of working New York shown. Still a fun skim for those of us who like historic architecture. Printed on matte paper with OK black and white reproductions.
Monica
Feb 19, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing
This is the big weenie published in 1967 and other editions covering other cities have followed. I remember the hub-bub around the house about the demolition of Penn Station. This book made me strain to remember the old Penn station, which I couldn't do because our station was Grand Central. It was a defining moment for me. I surfed to Ireland to find the original (proper) book jacket.
Jennifer
Feb 22, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
I requested this book after watching the movie Cinderella Man. I was blown away by the images of the "Hooverville" which was set up in Central Park during the Depression.

This book has a ton of really great photographs of buildings, parks, hotels, museums and theaters. There are stories about demolitions and building. Can't wait to go to NYC and look at some of the buildings I read about.
Rebecca
Amazing collection of old images of buildings and neighborhoods now lost to time. Covering from the early years of photography to publication it shows that progress has always come from the dust of demolition.
Jordan
Jan 02, 2009 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love anything New York (City) and here is the chance to see really amazing old buildings of New York that has been torn down.
Andy
Sep 01, 2007 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History and/or Photography
Shelves: history
As close as you can get to using a time machine! The photographs are wonderful, and the text is very extensive. Beautiful book.
Monica
Oct 17, 2007 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It took moving away from New York to fully appreciate it's architecture. I can read this bok every few years and still be touched by it. NY is still the greatest place on earth.
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