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The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York
From Matteo Pericoli, the celebrated author of Manhattan Unfurled, comes a unique collection of illustrated cityscapes. In these intimate drawings of window views, Pericoli captures the essence of the city by showing us what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. The City Out My Window shows us a series of private New Yorks, as seen by Tom Wolfe, Tony Kushner, N ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Simon & Schuster
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I received this book as a gift and while I've never been to NYC, I do consider myself a city dweller and can appreciate what this book does. I think it is ultimately a piece of art and a very neat one at that. The drawings are just fantastic and have such a warm feeling to them. If the concept of this book appeals to you or you love NYC, its worth picking up.
While the book isn't all that interesting - I recognized approximately 7 of 63 people whose views were featured - the format is an interesting idea for an art lesson. It could be fun assignment to have students go home and draw the view from their bedrooms, particularly as a beginning assignment for the material culture/local history class I am planning.
Matteo Pericoli presents a lovely collection of what a group of fellow New Yorkers experience through their windows. The book is short but sweet. I am a visual person myself and appreciated its organization and overall down-to-earth tone. It might make you look at the view out your window a little differently.
Nov 16, 2009 paula rated it really liked it
Brief observations of what some New Yorkers (Ed Koch, Graydon Carter, Chris Raschka, Mark Morris, Peter Sis, E.L. Doctorow to name a few) see outside their window, each with a lovely little drawing of that view. Some people live in Brooklyn, some people live on Riverside Drive. Adam Yauch can see the river, Wynton Marsalis lives high high high over a river of light. Of course he does.
What a treat this book is - perfect little drawings out the window of New Yorkers. Just like the people who occupy them, some are grand with stunning vistas, others are more humble, but each is quintessentially New York. A great gift.
63 celebrities offer vignettes about the views from their Manhattan apartments, offices, or studios. It's a quick, yet powerful book with some amazingly detailed sketches. It's sentimental and offers little pieces of history, like the wooden water towers atop apartment buildings.