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New York Rising


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City Rising traces the development of Manhattan through the lens of its physical form and built environment, from the first European settlement in the seventeenth century through the skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning schemes of the late twentieth century.

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Thomas Mellins is an architectural historian and independent curator, recognized for his deep knowledge of New York City. He is a co-author with Robert A.M. Stern of New York 1880 and New York 1960 and a contributor to The American Style and Gilded New York. Kate Ascher is director of the Real Estate Institute of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and the author of The Works- Anatomy of a City, The Heights- Anatomy of a Skyscraper, and The Way to Go- Moving by Sea, Land, and Air.


Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins mined the 35,000 items that the developer Seymour Durst's family donated in 2011 to Columbia University's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library to produce New York Rising: An Illustrated History From the Durst Collection. Maps, ephemera, photographs and other illustrations generously punctuate the 10 chapters on subjects ranging from "Moving the People" to "Remaking Times Square" and written by an A-team of municipal experts that includes Russell Shorto, Hilary Ballon (who died in 2017), Andrew Dolkart, Carol Willis, Ann Buttenwieser and Lynne B. Sagalyn.
--The New York Times
New York Rising is the perfect book for readers who want their NYC history in short, clearly written and abundantly-illustrated doses. The quality of the reproductions in the book is particularly impressive; its design and layout, credited to Yve Ludwig, deserves special mention. The Durst collection is a wonder and the contributors and editors have certainly done justice to its remarkable scope in this new book.... this is a beautiful book and a useful addition to your New York history bookshelf. Its size makes it a coffee table book but don't let it sit on the coffee table. Move it to your bedside table, or wherever you put the books that you are really planning to read.--Brick Underground If you want to go on a visual journey that begins with Manhattan's first European settlement, way back in the seventeenth century, up through the skyscrapers and urban planning of the late twentieth century, look no further than New York Rising: An Illustrated History from the Durst Collection."

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