The City Observed New York: A Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan
by Paul Goldberger
Penguin, February 25th, 1982
“Paul Goldberger’s new guide to the architecture of Manhattan is without doubt the best thing of its kind yet to appear. It is a wonderful book–perceptive, entertaining, useful, refreshingly free of jargon and, in this reader’s view, an important testament to the most important city in the land,” David McCullough wrote in The New York Times when The City Observed: New York was first published. In the years since, The City Observed has become a classic book about New York, a lively and highly personal walking tour of the best, and the worst, of New York architecture, meant to be equally useful as a reference tool and as a companion for walks around the city. It is out of print but available through Amazon and other sources. And yes, some day there will be a new, fully updated edition.