It’s summertime in New York and the tourists have arrived. Become one yourself.

Will Jones.
How to read New York: a crash course in Big Apple architecture.
New York: Universe, 2012
Avery-LC NA735 .N4 J66 2012g

Essential reading for both native New Yorkers and tourists alike, How to Read New York unveils the boundless diversity of Gotham’s architectural wonders. Covering every era of New York architecture—from what remains of the colonial days to the latest postmodern skyscraper—this unique guidebook illuminates the fascinating architectural and urban history of New York.

Organized chronologically and by architectural style, the book covers key highlights of the built environment from the Battery to Inwood. Many of the skyline’s most iconic buildings are included, along with many lesser-known buildings that are architecturally interesting. Illustrated with 430 line drawings and vintage engravings that bring old New York to life, the book concludes with a map section that suggests themed walking tours.

Rising: rebuilding Ground Zero.
Silver Spring, Md.: Discovery Communications, 2011.
Butler Media Reserves

This two part 6-hour documentary will take viewers on the journey of the process and struggles behind constructing One World Trade Center.  As George Pataki, former New York governor, explains, the construction site is vastly different from any other site as it is hallowed land.  Working to keep the memory of those fallen alive, and provide a symbol of strength, the rebuilding process continually faces challenges as the complex’s four skyscrapers, transportation hub, museum and memorial are “all being constructed at the same time and on the same location.”

High Line field guide.
New York: Friends of the High Line, 2011.
Avery-LC F128.65 H54 H45 2011g

This 72-page, limited-edition publication commemorates the opening of Section 2 of the High Line with beautiful full-color photography from Sections 1 and 2, as well as historical photographs, maps, and information about the High Line’s innovative programs.

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