New York Line by Line Hardcover – 10 Nov 2009
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"Each work is breathtakingly detailed, at once invoking a "simpler" time in the recent past (there are a few pop-art-ish flairs here and there that signal the decade in which the work was created). But it also tells the eternal story of NYC that the city that never sleeps came by that name legitimately: the hustle and bustle apparent in pieces like "Wall Street and The Stock Exchange,""Mott Street Chinatown" and "The Subway" will seem familiar to tourists and locals alike." MetroSouce.com
"It's an excellent book for fans of all things New York." "Newsday"
"This beautiful oversized reissue of the 1967 classic might just be the best value in the store right now. Full of immensely detailed line drawings reminiscent of Al Hirschfeld, you can spend an hour looking at each cityscape in the book and still find new details next time you open the book. A delight for kids and adults alike." Idlewild Books, New York"
About the Author
Born Werner Kruse, Robinson drew more than 250,000 illustrations during his lifetime. He also created books, in his "X-ray view" style, on Tokyo, Paris, and Moscow. Robinson died in 1994, at the age of 83. Matteo Pericoli is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "Manhattan Unfurled."
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It was first published in 1967 and this is a very welcome reprint. Looking at the illustrations is like traveling back in time to 60s New York, Manhattan precisely. The impressive skyscrapers were already up, and the 60s cars are all still crowding the streets.
The aerial drawings of Manhattan are breathtaking in astonishing detail. There are many in the book. New York Line By Line only has 64 pages, but the format is huge, great for showing off the line art.
I've been to Manhattan on holiday before and these drawings gives me fond memories of the place. Many are from the exact spot where I stood. There are drawings from the top of Empire State Building, at Park Avenue, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral,Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Kennedy Airport and more.
Through the drawings, you can see how New York has changed with its people and landscape. Buildings at Time Square were just a few floors tall back then. Today, their top can't even be captured in photographs.
I like the last section where they compare numbers from the 60s New York with present day. There were 3000 shoe stores back then and now only 620. It's interesting to see how businesses have evolved through those numbers, many which changed drastically.
This is an impressive and astonishing book.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)