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Grand Central Terminal

Author : Anthony W. Robins
ISBN : 9781613123874
Genre : Transportation
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Opened in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal—one of the country’s great architectural monuments—helped create Midtown Manhattan. Over the next century, it evolved into an unofficial town square for New York. Today, it sits astride Park Avenue at 42nd Street in all its original splendor, attracting visitors by the thousands. This new book celebrates Grand Central’s Centennial by tracing the Terminal’s history and design, and showcasing 200 photographs of its wonders—from the well-trodden Main Concourse to its massive power station hidden 10 stories below. The stunning photographs, some archival and some taken by Frank English, official photographer of Metro-North Railroad for more than 25 years, capture every corner of this astonishing complex. Praise for Grand Central Terminal: “The book is thoroughly researched and reads like a library of design, lifestyles, art and trivia that even New Yorkers don’t know.” —NY Arts Magazine

Building Grand Central Terminal

Author : Gregory Bilotto
ISBN : 9781439660515
Genre : Architecture
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Built in the heart of the Empire City is the world’s greatest and most iconic railway terminal. A colossal Beaux-Arts style transport nexus, Grand Central Terminal was completed in 1913 from the legacy of the railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. The terminal quickly became vital to travel and today accommodates 750,000 people daily. This book documents the construction of Grand Central Terminal, the former Grand Central Depot (1871) and Grand Central Station (1900), and illuminates the incredible story of the terminal that revolutionized transport, developed Midtown Manhattan, and opened railroad access to suburban areas.

Supreme City

Author : Donald L. Miller
ISBN : 9781416550204
Genre : History
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An award-winning historian surveys the astonishing cast of characters who helped turn Manhattan into the world capital of commerce, communication and entertainment --

Grand Central

Author : Sam Roberts
ISBN : 9781455525959
Genre : Transportation
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A rich, illustrated - and entertaining -- history of the iconic Grand Central Terminal, from one of New York City's favorite writers, just in time to celebrate the train station's 100th fabulous anniversary. In the winter of 1913, Grand Central Station was officially opened and immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks. In this celebration of the one hundred year old terminal, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, amazing history, and the far-reaching cultural effects of the station that continues to amaze tourists and shuttle busy commuters. Along the way, Roberts will explore how the Manhattan transit hub truly foreshadowed the evolution of suburban expansion in the country, and fostered the nation's westward expansion and growth via the railroad. Featuring quirky anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information, this book will allow readers to peek into the secret and unseen areas of Grand Central -- from the tunnels, to the command center, to the hidden passageways. With stories about everything from the famous movies that have used Grand Central as a location to the celestial ceiling in the main lobby (including its stunning mistake) to the homeless denizens who reside in the building's catacombs, this is a fascinating and, exciting look at a true American institution.

Boak Paris Boak Raad

Author : Annice M. Alt
ISBN : 9781499054095
Genre : Architecture
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“Boak & Paris may not be a household name in most households, but this architectural firm was key to the development of apartment buildings that are among the finest in New York City. Annice Alt’s book analyzes this firm and its exceptional buildings in detail and places them within the context of speculative real estate development. The book provides an important contribution to the understanding of the vernacular buildings that create the streetscapes that New Yorkers love and that give the city its unique character.” Andrew S. Dolkart Director, Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University School of Ar chitecture, Planning and Preservation; author of the award-winning The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Development in New York City, 1908–1929 and Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture and Development" “Alt’s thoroughly researched book provides new information and insights into the architectural work of Boak & Paris and Boak & Raad. It is a surprise to discover the wealth of buildings, particularly the apartment houses that they are responsible for. Many of the Boak & Paris projects from the 1920–30’s employ interesting architectural terra-cotta elements. To revisit the apartments from the 1950s and 60s is a fascinating exercise. Fine period images are of great value in elucidating this quest.” Susan Tunick President, Friends of Terra Cotta; author, Terra-Cotta Skyline: New York’s Architectural Ornament “New York’s architecture buffs can rejoice: Annice Alt has completed her monograph on Boak & Paris. The personal approach she takes in her writing—and extensive quotations from original sources—bring us into the adventure of her research, where we meet not just Russell Boak and Hyman Paris, but also such august architectural personages as Emery Roth and Gaetan Ajello, along with the clients—such as plumber-turneddeveloper Sam Minskoff—who kept them busy during the middle decades of the 20th century, turning Manhattan into an island of cliff dwellers. ” Anthony W. Robins Architectural historian; author Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark and a guide t o New York City Art Deco architecture (forthcoming) “Boak was an unsung architect who was incapable of doing a bad drawing, a bad design. No one is comparable. Boak just had taste, he had class.” Elihu Rose Vice Chairman, Rose Associates, Inc.

Terminal City

Author : Linda Fairstein
ISBN : 9780698157217
Genre : Fiction
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With her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City—its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness. Linda Fairstein is well-known for illuminating the dark histories in many of New York’s forgotten corners—and sometimes in the city’s most popular landmarks. In Terminal City, Fairstein turns her attention to one of New York's most iconic structures—Grand Central Terminal. From the world’s largest Tiffany clock decorating the 42nd Street entrance to its spectacular main concourse, Grand Central has been a symbol of beauty and innovation in New York City for more than one hundred years. But “the world’s loveliest station” is hiding more than just an underground train system. When the body of a young woman is found in the tower suite of the Waldorf Astoria—one of the most prestigious hotels in Manhattan—Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace find themselves hunting for an elusive killer whose only signature is carving a carefully drawn symbol into his victims’ bodies, a symbol that bears a striking resemblance to train tracks. When a second body bearing the same bloody symbol is discovered in a deserted alleyway right next to the terminal building, all attention shifts to the iconic transportation hub, where the potential for a bigger attack weighs heavily on everyone’s minds. With the President of the United States set to arrive for a United Nations meeting at the week’s end, Alex and Mike must contend with Grand Central’s expansive underground tunnels and century-old dark secrets—as well as their own changing relationship—to find a killer who appears to be cutting a deadly path straight to the heart of the city.

Best Of New York

Author : Sorrell Communications
ISBN : 0970257902
Genre : Travel
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King S Views Of New York

Author : Moses King
ISBN : 1429098031
Genre : History
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This celebration of the buildings and views of New York City, with 450 illustrations, was originally published in 1912. It was compiled from previously published travel books by editor and publisher Moses King, who died in 1909. From such familiar sights as The Plaza Hotel, Grand Central Terminal, and the Fuller building, aka the Flat Iron building, to such long-gone landmarks as the original Madison Square Garden, the Singer Building (demolished in 1968, at 47-stories it was the tallest building ever to be razed up to that time), and The New York World Building, aka The Pulitzer building after the newspaper's owner Joseph Pulitzer (demolished in 1955), this is a fascinating look at New York City 100 years ago. Here's Times Square in simpler times, well-known bridges crossing the East River (but none yet built over the Hudson) and churches, hotels, and parks that still make New York one of the worlds' greatest cities.

The Most Famous Landmarks Of New York City

Author : Charles River Editors
ISBN : 1508605343
Genre : History
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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the construction of each landmark by those who worked on it. *Includes bibliographies for further reading *Includes a table of contents Of all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As America's largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, the Big Apple represents the beauty, diversity and sheer strength of the United States, a global financial center that has enticed people chasing the "American Dream" for centuries. New York City has countless landmarks and tourist spots, but few are as old or as associated with the city as the Brooklyn Bridge, the giant suspension bridge that spans nearly 1,600 feet as it connects lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. Indeed, the bridge is so old that Manhattan and Brooklyn represented the largest and third largest cities in America at the time of its construction, and the East River posed a formidable enough challenge that taking a ferry across could be dangerous. Among America's countless monuments and landmarks, none embody the principles of the nation quite like Lady Liberty, the colossal statue that stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. A gift from the French that was built and transported in the late 19th century, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of the United States' guaranty of individual freedom, and its location took on added meaning as it welcomed millions of immigrants sailing across the Atlantic to nearby Ellis Island. When Central Park was designed, it was an ambitious project on an almost unprecedented affair. As serene as Central Park is today, it's hard to imagine that its creation was an entirely manmade affair consisting of dynamite blasts, tons of imported topsoil, and the labor of thousands of workers. Before the area's transformation, the land was swampy terrain used by impoverished squatters and people who let their livestock roam the grounds, but after nearly 15 years of work, the metamorphosis was nearly complete. Like Manhattan itself, Grand Central Station, which recently celebrated its 100th birthday, manages to be both historic and modern. Built upon the site of a former railroad depot, the current structure and layout was phased in over the course of nearly a decade in the early 20th century. Whereas the first railroad stations depressed the value of land nearby in the 19th century, the location of Grand Central was a boon that actually helped bring about construction all across Midtown, including the nearby Chrysler Building, thereby serving to transform the cityscape altogether. It's no surprise that New Yorkers have always wanted to construct the biggest and best structures possible, even in the early 1930s at the height of the Great Depression. Indeed, those years produced the Empire State Building, which remains the city's most iconic building, but New York's most famous skyscraper wouldn't have been possible without the Chrysler Building, a landmark in its own right that was the tallest building in the world for nearly a year before its more famous counterpart's completion. In fact, the spirit of competition between the groups working on the two buildings helped ensure that both look like they do today, and the Chrysler Building only reached the height it did because a large skyscraper at 40 Wall Street was also trying to claim the mantle of tallest building at the same time. The Most Famous Landmarks of New York City chronicles the story of how the Big Apple's greatest landmarks came to be. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about New York City's most famous landmarks like never before.

Saving Place

Author : Donald Albrecht
ISBN : 1580934315
Genre : Architecture
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The destruction of McKim Mead & White's monumental Penn Station in the mid-1960s was the catalyst for the adoption of the "Landmarks Law," which established the parameters for protecting and preserving buildings and places that represent New York City's cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history. Today there are more than 31,000 landmark properties in New York City, most of which are located in 111 historic districts in all five boroughs. The total number of protected sites also includes 1,338 individual landmark buildings, 117 interior landmarks and 10 scenic landmarks. How these sites were chosen, how landmarking has impacted the fabric of the city, and what the future holds are the subject of Saving Place. The story unfolds in essays by notable New Yorkers and preservationists: Robert A. M. Stern, Francoise Bollack, Andrew S. Dolkart, Anthony C. Wood, Claudette Brady, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor. Complementing the text is a specially commissioned portfolio of views of selected historic districts and landmark buildings by the distinguished Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan.

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