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Reads tagged with “New York”

‘Humans of New York’ Founder Brandon Stanton on Serial Obsessions, How to Build a Sensibility, the Dignity-Conferring Power of Listening, and the Value of Time
‘Humans of New York’ Founder Brandon Stanton on Serial Obsessions, How to Build a Sensibility, the Dignity-Conferring Power of Listening, and the Value of Time

“The most valuable resource you have is what you do with your time.”

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An Illustrated Tour of New York City from a Dog’s Point of View
An Illustrated Tour of New York City from a Dog’s Point of View

A vibrant concentration of humanity, seen through earnest eyes of wonderment and infectious enthusiasm.

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How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses
How New York Became New York: A Love Letter to Jane Jacobs, Tucked Inside a Graphic Biography of Robert Moses

How two titans faced off to shape the ideal of the modern metropolis.

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The Artist and the Anguish of the American Dream: Zadie Smith’s Love-Hate Letter to New York
The Artist and the Anguish of the American Dream: Zadie Smith’s Love-Hate Letter to New York

“The greatest thing about Manhattan is the worst thing about Manhattan: self-actualization.”

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How Susan Sontag Possessed New York and Subverted Sexual Stereotypes
How Susan Sontag Possessed New York and Subverted Sexual Stereotypes

“Sontag seemed to exude an irresistible mixture of intelligence, hipness, sex, and beauty.”

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Every Person in New York, Illustrated
Every Person in New York, Illustrated

From sleeping strangers to subway cellists to Nick Cave, a loving portrait of a city whose vibrant vitality never stands still.

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North Brother Island: Haunting Photographs of the Last Unknown Place in New York City
North Brother Island: Haunting Photographs of the Last Unknown Place in New York City

An otherworldly portrait of the eternal dance between life and death, wilderness and civilization.

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Eating Delancey: A Love Letter to Jewish Food and Its Iconic New York Bastions
Eating Delancey: A Love Letter to Jewish Food and Its Iconic New York Bastions

A warm celebration of knishes, kasha, lox, and the people and places of which collective memory is woven.

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A History of New York in 101 Objects: A Thoughtful Visual Encyclopedia of Collective Memory
A History of New York in 101 Objects: A Thoughtful Visual Encyclopedia of Collective Memory

How artifacts abstract the city’s tragedies and triumphs and tell the story of its aliveness.

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How a Vintage Children’s Book Illustrated by Lynd Ward Saved New York’s Iconic Little Red Lighthouse
How a Vintage Children’s Book Illustrated by Lynd Ward Saved New York’s Iconic Little Red Lighthouse

A timeless testament to the power of stirring the collective imagination.

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