Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York

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From New York magazines architecture critic, a walking and reading guide to New York Citya 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 Prizewinning 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 insiders guide to the architecture and planning of New York that includes maps, photographs, and original insights from the men and women who built the city and lived in itits designers, visionaries, artists, writersMagnetic 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

Praise for Magnetic City

An intimate, seductive guidebook.TheNew York Times

An enthralling new book makes clear that Im not alone in my home-town infatuation . . .lends nuance, texture and historical perspective to my impression that New York City has never been so appealing or life-affirming as it is today.New York Post

[Davidson]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 (starred review)

A street-level celebration of New York City in all its perpetual complexity and contradiction . . . a worthy companion to Alfred KazinsA Walker in the Cityand the American Institute of Architects guides to the architecture of New York as well as a treat for fans of the metropolis.Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Justin Davidson does more than direct our feet to New Yorks hidden monuments. He explains the structure of the city with a clarity that would be bracing even for a Gotham habitu, but more than that, he finds the meaning in every building and byway.Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author ofFar from the Tree

Mr. Davidsons exceptional knowledge of our beloved city is inspiring.Magnetic Cityis now my official chaperone.Patti LuPone

Justin Davidson has a mind alive to every signal, and his brilliant prose style transmits that electricity in black-and-white type. He is thus born to the task of capturing the chaotic splendor of New York City on the page.Alex Ross, author ofListen to This

Justin Davidsons beautiful tours of New York City invoke and redouble our love of the metropolis.Jerry Saltz, senior art critic,New York