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Publisher's Summary

From New York magazine's architecture critic, a walking guide to New York City - a historical, cultural, architectural, and personal approach to seven neighborhoods throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, including six essays that help us understand the evolution of the city.

For nearly a decade, Pulitzer Prize - winning critic Justin Davidson has explained the ever-changing city of New York to his readers at New York magazine, introducing new buildings, interviewing architects, tracking the way the transforming urban landscape shapes who New Yorkers are. Now, his extensive, inspiring knowledge will be available to a wide audience. An insider's guide to the architecture and planning of New York that includes original insights from the men and women who built the city and lived in it - its designers, visionaries, artists, writers - Magnetic City offers first-time visitors and lifelong residents a new way to see New York.

Includes walking tours throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx

  • The Financial District
  • The World Trade Center
  • The Seaport and the Brooklyn waterfront
  • Chelsea and the High Line
  • 42nd Street
  • The Upper West Side
  • The South Bronx and Sugar Hill

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Justin Davidson (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Davidson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for New York magazine, is a resident, student, and passionate lover of New York, and he has done right by a subject that, fittingly, has been essayed many times before. He combines a keen intelligence, experience, observational skills, expertise (especially but not solely architectural), and an elegant writing style to make this beautifully produced book indispensable." (Booklist)
"Justin Davidson's beautiful tours of New York City invoke and redouble our love of the metropolis. His observations of landmarks, in-between places, and layered histories, delivered by an amazing kindred-spirit of architecture, make us feel like royal presences in the city." (Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York)
"A fascinating and insightful companion for a walking tour of New York City. I particularly enjoyed the rich interweaving of the contemporary and the historical. A book worthy of the 21st century flaneur!" (Daniel Libeskind)

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interesting history, walks and architecture

the audiobook is read well by the book's author with personal anecdotes. I liked it

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A New Lens on NYC

Davidson provides a historical/architectural lens for viewing New York that will inspire even natives to new explorations. His conversational narration made this a comfortable listen at home, yet its format will work well the next chance I have to do one of its several walking tours. Highly recommended!