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Marcia Reiss

Like a parallel universe, an entire city could be formed with the lost buildings of New York City's past. Lost New York is a walk through this virtual metropolis. More than an architectural tour, it is a fascinating view of the city's ever-changing landscape and way of life, from magnificent buildings like Penn Station and the glorious mansions of the Gilded Age to trolleys, diners, racetracks and baseball parks that now exist only in photographs.

Filled with intriguing photographs on every page, the book illustrates both the city's distant and recent past, from the mid-nineteenth century through the first decade of the twenty-first. It follows a chronology of constant change, charting the years when the major features of the city were destroyed, altered or abandoned. Forests of tail-masted ships, horse-drawn carriages and massive train terminals gave way to cars and trucks. Dazzling amusement parks and luxurious resorts in Coney Island, the great World's Fair of 1939, rock 'n' roll palaces, and many romantic features of Central Park are now only memories. Buildings that have become icons of the New York cityscape hide an earlier history, like that of the first Waldorf-Astoria, the world's largest and most opulent hotel that once stood on the site of Empire State Building.

These lost places are interwoven with engrossing stories of the multi-millionaires, robber barons, artists, engineers and entrepreneurs who shaped New York. They are a record of historic events, of disasters like the sinking of the Normandie at a Manhattan pier, and the world-shaking tragedy of the World Trade Center. The dynamic forces that created New York left a trail of memorable yet neglected history as amazing as the city today. Rediscover it in Lost New York.

144 pages, more than 200 illustrations. 11 1/2'' x 10''. Hardcover.

  • 144 pages
  • More than 200 illustrations
  • 11 1/2'' x 10''
  • Hardcover

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Description

Marcia Reiss

Like a parallel universe, an entire city could be formed with the lost buildings of New York City's past. Lost New York is a walk through this virtual metropolis. More than an architectural tour, it is a fascinating view of the city's ever-changing landscape and way of life, from magnificent buildings like Penn Station and the glorious mansions of the Gilded Age to trolleys, diners, racetracks and baseball parks that now exist only in photographs.

Filled with intriguing photographs on every page, the book illustrates both the city's distant and recent past, from the mid-nineteenth century through the first decade of the twenty-first. It follows a chronology of constant change, charting the years when the major features of the city were destroyed, altered or abandoned. Forests of tail-masted ships, horse-drawn carriages and massive train terminals gave way to cars and trucks. Dazzling amusement parks and luxurious resorts in Coney Island, the great World's Fair of 1939, rock 'n' roll palaces, and many romantic features of Central Park are now only memories. Buildings that have become icons of the New York cityscape hide an earlier history, like that of the first Waldorf-Astoria, the world's largest and most opulent hotel that once stood on the site of Empire State Building.

These lost places are interwoven with engrossing stories of the multi-millionaires, robber barons, artists, engineers and entrepreneurs who shaped New York. They are a record of historic events, of disasters like the sinking of the Normandie at a Manhattan pier, and the world-shaking tragedy of the World Trade Center. The dynamic forces that created New York left a trail of memorable yet neglected history as amazing as the city today. Rediscover it in Lost New York.

144 pages, more than 200 illustrations. 11 1/2'' x 10''. Hardcover.





  • 144 pages
  • More than 200 illustrations
  • 11 1/2'' x 10''
  • Hardcover


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