View Full Version : Manhattan building recognition

February 28th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Can anyone point me in the direction of websites/books that can help me to 'brush up' on my recognition of the buildings in Manhattan?

I would like, not only to know the name of a building, but also when it was built, how tall it is, what was there before etc. etc.

I'm not just talking about the tall stuff - there's some wonderful buildings that don't scrape the sky!

February 28th, 2007, 07:47 PM
Excellent photographs in a handsome and user-friendly format. Contains the authorís selection of 1000 top buildings:


More encyclopedic, with an opinionated commentary, much too small photographs and a really hard-to-use format:


March 1st, 2007, 09:54 AM
I don't know if this is what you had in mind but I think its pretty cool.


March 1st, 2007, 03:00 PM
No one writes about this stuff better than Christopher Gray, who writes a column called "streetscapes" for The New York Times. He'll generally tell you about a building, and who lived there, and who killed whom over cards there, and what changes have been made to it over time.

Some of the greatest hits columns have been collected into a book called "New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Buildings and Landmarks."

ali r.
{downtown broker}

March 1st, 2007, 03:18 PM
For buildings that have been designated as NYC landmarks or are located in landmark districts, the Landmarks Preservation Commission's designation reports often contain the kinds of information that you're looking for. Some are available on-line; others are not. Start HERE (http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/forms/reports.shtml).

March 1st, 2007, 04:03 PM
Thanks guys.

I had seen “One Thousand New York Buildings” on Amazon UK – and wasn’t sure (they don’t have the ‘look inside’ feature). I think I will certainly take the plunge with that one.
Note: Amazon US is much cheaper than UK - $35 against £23 ($43) – Not fair!

"New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Buildings and Landmarks" also looks interesting - can only find that second-hand over here.

Is it worth looking at “New York, 2000: Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium” (Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove)?
I have read about it in Edward’s thread elsewhere on WNY – would that be too ‘heavy’? (pun unavoidable!)
Are the earlier volumes still available? (can’t imagine the excess on my baggage for the return journey!)

Manhattan Knight: Wow! – Thank you. Huge amounts of stuff there (in handy pdf format too), I can see many late nights ahead….

March 1st, 2007, 04:45 PM
Are the earlier volumes still available?

A search at Barnes & Noble's web site indicates that only the 1960 and 2000 tomes are still in print (or, at least, available from B&N):
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/BookSearch/results.asp?TTL=new%2Byork&ATH=robert%2Bstern&WRDI have all of them; good as it is, the series doesn't present much of the historical information that seems to interest you.

March 3rd, 2007, 04:41 AM
This one might help.