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200 × 120 mm
256 pages
117 illustrations, 88 in colour
02 Feb 2015
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New York Elizabeth L. Bradley

From The Big Apple to The City that Never Sleeps, New York has many identities. This most kinetic of cities has myriad meanings and shifting identities – it is a jumble of peoples and cultures, a capital of finance and commerce and a mecca of fashion, art and entertainment. It is the home of the United Nations and Wall Street, and also the destination for millions of tourists each year. It is difficult to make sense of a place as loud, bright and busy as NYC, but this concise and witty guidebook is a sane place to start.

Mixing a historical perspective with high and low culture, New York traces the development of the city from a Dutch trading post to a world capital of business, media and the arts, introducing readers to its most important – and colourful – dramatis personae along the way. A rich account of the city’s past is followed by a series of ruminations on New York today – its natural landmarks, unnatural gin joints, immigrant enclaves and even its noises; the book also provides considered, eclectic lists of where to eat, drink and shop and what to see, hear and do.

A measured and engaging account from a native New Yorker complemented by illustrations both historical and contemporary, New York takes a broad-ranging approach that will leave readers with a fresh insight into this elusive, shape-shifting metropolis.

‘This is a witty and sophisticated guide to Manhattan, with some references to the other boroughs, and it’s a book for people who know New York well, as much as it is for visitors. The author delivers her guide in the context of an intelligent and thoughtful history, rendered more like a conversation with a brilliant and urbane professor than a formal narrative or guide. Suggested explorations of the city are presented in the context of history and clever themes; carefully chosen listings for hotels, restaurants, bars, and other venues are delightful to read regardless of one’s intention to patronize them.’ – The New York Researcher

‘Great things come in small packages: this concise history of the Empire City is a smart and lively read, as fast-paced and colorful as Gotham itself. Bradley is a thoughtful and witty tour guide, and her book makes an excellent travel companion for tourists and natives alike.’ – Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director, Museum of the City of New York

‘Elizabeth Bradley’s concise and compelling history gracefully traces the City’s rise from Dutch trading center (enriched by Algonquin and slave labor) to world capital. Anyone who likes, loves, or tolerates New York will adore this fine book.' – Paul LeClerc, President Emeritus, The New York Public Library

‘Newcomers will love Bradley’s tips on finding true ethnic enclaves and the best resting (or trysting) spots in the city’s museums, while locals will appreciate a remarkably insightful analysis of the changes in the city’s collective psyche in the wake of 9/11. This brisk, illuminating, and highly entertaining book belongs on the bookshelf of every New York City admirer – and isn’t that simply everyone?’ – Sherill Tippins, author of Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel

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Elizabeth L. Bradley is a historian who has written widely on New York’s literature and history. She is the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York (2009) and the editor of an edition of Washington Irving’s A History of New York (2008). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.