Great Gift Ideas for LW Members!
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The Gargoyle Huntersby John Freeman Gill
- An incredible, nostalgic tour of New York City architecture and landmarks saved (or not) from 1970s “urban renewal”. Brimming with history, it is a boy’s coming-of-age tale tied to a father’s obsession to rescue astonishing architectural artifacts before buildings are torn down and lost forever. A perfect gift for lovers of great storytelling and our city’s historic architecture.
- Hardcover. 352 pages.
Manhattan's Hidden Secretsby John Tauranac
- John Tauranac—urban historian, cartographer, and knower of all things NYC—shares some of his most interesting city nuggets in this magical new book packed with stunning photography of Manhattan’s overlooked treasures. Readers will delight in finding history hidden in plain sight around every corner.
- Softcover. 288 pages.
We Are Stayingby Jen Rubin
- For 80 years, R.C.I., a family-owned and run shop, was an Upper West Side fixture. Even after being looted in the 1977 blackout, owner Alan Rubin wouldn’t consider giving up, posting a simple sign in his window: “WE ARE STAYING.” Then, in 2014, R.C.I. was gone. Jen Rubin shares a poignant story of all that a family business brings to a neighborhood, and reflects on what is lost when these stores disappear.
- Softcover. 210 pages.
The Girl on the Velvet Swingby Simon Baatz
- A genuine page-turner, this true-crime tale recounts the murder of New York’s premier architect of the Gilded Age, Stanford White, and the ensuing “Trial of the Century” of millionaire Harry K. Thaw, husband of “It” girl, Evelyn Nesbit.
- Who can resist history, scandal, and a notorious murder trial?!
- Hardcover. 400 pages.
My Preservation Journalby LANDMARK WEST!
- My Preservation Journal introduces K-5 students to the concept of architectural design, its importance in their everyday lives, the story of their neighborhood’s development, and the need to preserve the past for their own future. This interactive study guide engages students in an ongoing dialogue concerning their built environment while developing strong visual and critical thinking skills. In studying and exploring their own surroundings as they were and as they are today, children relate local history to their own world of home, school, and neighborhood.
- Softcover. 52 pages.
Bridges of Central Parkby Henry Hope Reed, Robert M. McGee, and Esther Mipaas
- There were, and are, few who knew Central Park as intimately as Henry Hope Reed. Join him on a luxurious amble across the bridges of Central Park – from the graceful Bow Bridge, which sweeps across the Lake, to the tiny Gill Bridge, which hooks over a nearby stream. Most were designed by Calvert Vaux in the early 1860’s and embrace the vibrant color, bold geometry and marvelous detail of the Victorian Gothic period. Entries for each of the 24 bridges contain their history and design and are paired with photographs and drawings by Ronald Rife and Joseph LoGuirato. This book is the perfect companion for a long stroll through the jewel of New York City in any season.
- Softcover. 96 pages.
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Centuryby Witold Rybczynski
- In this New York Times Notable Book, Witold Rybczynski illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted’s role as a major cultural figure at the epicenter of 19th century American history. We know Olmsted through his stunning landscapes, but his contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinary talents who traveled to China at 21, co-founded The Nation magazine, and was an early voice against slavery. Rybczynski’s understanding of Olmsted’s immense complexity make his book an engaging intellectual adventure.
- Hardcover. 480 pages.
Philip Tragerby Philip Trager
- This overview of the photographs of Philip Trager offers readers full access to one of the 20th century’s most important photographers of architecture and dance, combining work from his previous monographs with unpublished photographs from a wide range of projects. His distinctly personal images of buildings are regarded as landmark works in architectural photography. It includes an extensive interview with the artist, an illustrated section of selected projects and commissions, and essays by distinguished specialists.
- Hardcover. 312 pages.