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With cab horns blaring, subways rumbling, people (shoving, yelling, moving) and buildings reaching to the clouds— there is no place quite like New York.

Below are our recommendations for books that feature the concrete landscape of New York City.

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Picador

The Bonfire of the Vanities

A Novel

Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and...

"...Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and.... Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a...

"..., has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin..."

Michael Chabon Michael Chabon

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Empire Rising

A Novel

It is 1930, and ground has just been broken for the Empire State Building. One of the thousands of men who will come to work high above the city is Michael...

"...the city is Michael Briody, an Irish immigrant torn between his desire to make a new life in America..."

Thomas Kelly

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Central Park in the Dark

More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife

Love and loss, life and death, among the nighttime creatures of the city that never sleeps Like her bestseller Red-Tails in Love, Marie Winn’s Central...

"...of intimacy. While exploring the astonishing variety of wildlife in the city park, they end up revealing more of their inner lives than they expected.. "New York City never sleeps, as Marie Winn..."

Marie Winn

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Collected Stories

This reissue of Grace Paley’s classic collection—a finalist for the National Book Award—demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary...

"..., Newsweek "I can't think of another writer who captures the itch of the city, the love between parents and children, or the cutting edge of combat, as well." —Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review..."

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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Lush Life

A Novel

So, what do you do?” Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter . . . But now he’s thirty-five years old...

"..., that’s Eric’s version. In Lush Life, Richard Price tears the shiny veneer off the “newNew York..."

Richard Price Richard Price

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The Brooklyn Follies

A Novel

 National Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice  Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his only...

"...National Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his.... National Bestseller   A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice   Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Poet in New York

Written while Federico García Lorca was a student at Columbia University in 1929-30, Poet in New York is one of the most important books Lorca produced,...

"...was a student at Columbia University in 1929-30, Poet in New York is one of the most important books Lorca produced, and certainly one of the most important books ever published about New York City. Indeed..."

By Federico García Lorca, Greg Simon, Steven F. White and Christopher Maurer

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St. Martin's Griffin

Only in New York

400 Remarkable Answers to Intriguing, Provocative Questions About New York City

400 Questions and Answers to the Big Apple's oddest mysteries: from the pages of the New York Times New York has long held a place as the nation's most...

"...of the Times's City section, Only in New York is sure to generate laughter, delight, and "Aha!" reactions..."

By Stuart Goldenberg and The New York Times

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Let's Go Publications

Let's Go New York City 16th Edition

Packed with travel information, including more listings, deals, and insider tips: CANDID LISTINGS of hundreds of places to eat, sleep, drink, and...

"...Packed with travel information, including more listings, deals, and insider tips: CANDID LISTINGS of hundreds of places to eat, sleep, drink, and.... Packed with travel information, including more listings, deals, and insider tips: CANDID LISTINGS of hundreds of places to eat, sleep, drink, and danceRELIABLE MAPS to help you get around Manhattan and the other four boroughsTHE BEST NIGHTLIFE..."

Let's Go Inc. Let's Go Inc.

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The intrepid Rosy Cole takes on New York – with hilarious results! Rosy Cole, that irrepressible New Yorker, is back, carried away as usual by her own...

"...The intrepid Rosy Cole takes on New York – with hilarious results! Rosy Cole, that irrepressible New Yorker, is back, carried away as usual by her own.... The intrepid Rosy Cole takes on New York..."

Sheila Greenwald Sheila Greenwald

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A Subway for New York

A behind-thescenes look at an underground miracle On October 27, 1904, the first section of the most famous subway system in the world was opened for...

"...." -- Booklist "This book is a glorious celebration and and accurate account of the New York City subway..."

David Weitzman David Weitzman

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The Historical Atlas of New York City, Second Edition

A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History

A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book The rich and eminently browsable visual guide to the history of New York, in an all-new second...

"...A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book The rich and eminently browsable visual guide to the history of New York, in an all-new second.... A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book The rich and eminently browsable visual guide to the history of New York, in an all-new second edition The Historical Atlas of New York City, second edition, takes us, neighborhood..."

By Eric Homberger and Alice Hudson

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St. Martin's Griffin

Nosh New York

The Food Lover's Guide to New York City's Most Delicious Neighborhoods

Whether you're a lifelong New Yorker or you're visiting for the first time, when you're in the Big Apple you're in food heaven - a nosher's paradise where you...

"...market in New York City * fun and delectable side trips * vegetarian and kid-friendly finds..."

Myra Alperson

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St. Martin's Griffin

Brooklyn!, 3rd Edition

The Ultimate Guide to New York's Most Happening Borough

The Society of American Travel Writers recognized Brooklyn! with a bronze award in the Best Guidebook category of the 2004 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism...

"...attitude, Brooklyn is the place for families, hipsters, artists, and entrepreneurs---plus emigres from abroad, the Midwest, and even Manhattan. In this, the most comprehensive guide to Brooklyn..."

By Ellen Freudenheim and Anna Wiener

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Gone to New York

Adventures in the City

Welcome to Ian Frazier's New York, where every block is an event, and where the denizens are larger than life. Meet landlord extraordinaire Zvi Hugo Segal, and...

"...on the page . . . And don't let the emphasis on New York City fool you. Frazier is one of us..."

By Ian Frazier and Jamaica Kincaid

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Feiwel & Friends

Brooklyn Bridge

From the incomparable Karen Hesse comes a powerfully evocative and accessible family story, set at the turn of the century, by turns serious, funny, and with a...

"...in early-twentieth-century New York City, this story weaves together one boy’s immediate personal..."

By Karen Hesse and Chris Sheban

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The Phantom of Manhattan

The stunning continuation of the timeless classic The Phantom of the Opera. In The Phantom of Manhattan, acclaimed, bestselling suspense novelist Frederick...

"...and sounds of turn-of-the-century New York City, while continuing the dramatic saga which began..."

Frederick Forsyth

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Manhattan Nocturne

A Novel

Manhattan tabloid reported Porter Wren has an appetite for the city's dirtiest scandals. On the beat, he sells, murder, tragedy, and anything that passed for...

"...of New York City's darkness, Manhattan Nocturne introduces one of the great femme fatales in modern..."

Colin Harrison Colin Harrison

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning

1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Scheduled for release in July 2007 as an ESPN original miniseries, starring John Turturro as Billy Martin, Oliver...

"....   A kaleidoscopic portrait of New York City in 1977, The Bronx Is Burning is the story of two epic battles..."

Jonathan Mahler Jonathan Mahler

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St. Martin's Griffin

Queens

What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York's Undiscovered Borough

Discover Queens, New York City's Best-Kept Secret! Manhattan is touristy; Brooklyn is turning mainstream; and Queens is now the up-and-coming borough in...

"...Discover Queens, New York City's Best-Kept Secret! Manhattan is touristy; Brooklyn is turning mainstream; and Queens is now the up-and-coming borough in.... Discover Queens, New York City's Best..."

Ellen Freudenheim

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Empire State Building

The Making of a Landmark

The Empire State Building is the companion volume to the Museum of the City of New York's definitive exhibition: "A Dream Well Planned: The Empire State...

"...The Empire State Building is the companion volume to the Museum of the City of New York's..."

John Tauranac

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Palgrave Macmillan

Statutes of Liberty

The New York School of Poets

Statutes of Liberty was the first book on The New York School of Poets, and gave an acclaimed account of its key figures: John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James...

"...Statutes of Liberty was the first book on The New York School of Poets, and gave an acclaimed account of its key figures: John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James.... Statutes of Liberty was the first book on The New York School of Poets, and gave an acclaimed account of its key figures: John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and James Schuyler. This second edition contains up-to-date material on the group and its growing influence on postmodern poetics. A new postscript fo..."

Geoff Ward

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Henry Holt and Co.

Old Penn Station

A beautiful tribute to the glory of the original Pennsylvania Railroad Station During the first half of the 20th century, the original Pennsylvania Station...

"...Pennsylvania Station was one of New York City’s grandest landmarks, a palace in the middle of Manhattan. William Low’s glorious illustrations pay close attention to detail while still encompassing the large-scale grandeur of Penn Station.    Old Penn Station follows a very specific piece of New York City history, but it’s not just a New York book.  The author’s research carefully addresses..."

William Low William Low

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