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Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City (original 2017; edition 2017)

by Julia Wertz (Author)

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"Here is New York, as you've never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz's popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper's."--Amazon.com.… (more)
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Title:Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City
Authors:Julia Wertz (Author)
Info:Black Dog & Leventhal (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 284 pages
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Rating:*****
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Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City by Julia Wertz (2017)

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Very enjoyable reading with tons of interesting facts and stories I never knew before. Beautiful artwork as well. You know it's interesting when you're left wanting to read more. Thankfully the author has a whole "recommended reading" section at the end to keep me satisfied for a long while to come.

Now to find a way to get back down to NYC for another trip soon... ( )
  toddtyrtle | Dec 28, 2022 |
I saw this huge hardcover graphic novel in the window of a local comic shop and after the owner pulled it down for me I had to have it.

Did you love Richard Scarry books as a child? Walking? Urban exploration? Old and new architecture? Then and now photography? Then you will also want this illustrated book.

Julia Wertz has illustrated the buildings and street corners of New York, the subway stations, the pizza parlors, tenements, and along the way tells you stories about her urban exploration and the history of New York. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
nonfiction/graphic armchair travel - a little quirky history plus love letter to NYC from someone who used to live there and presumably would like to live there again.

lovely art; a great casual read -- take your time and enjoy the scenery and snippets of history--without actually having to walk around gawking like a f**ing tourist.

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Pro-tip: Don't read the digital version. The hardcover is gigantic, impossible to tote around, and invites readers to stain its pristine pages, but you absolutely can't appreciate the scope otherwise. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This is a large coffee table book full of trivia about New York City's underbelly: histories of trash heaps, unknown NYC inventions, infamous figures, public transit origin stories, and more. It would make a great gift for a New York resident who is fond of architecture, infrastructure, and urban planning. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
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"THERE ARE ROUGHLY THREE NEW YORKS. THERE IS, FIRST, THE NEW YORK OF THE MAN OR WOMAN WHO WAS BORN HERE, WHO TAKES THE CITY FOR GRANTED AND ACCEPTS ITS SIZE AND ITS TURBULENCE AS NATURAL AND INEVITABLE. SECOND, THERE IS THE NEW YORK OF THE COMMUTER—THE CITY THAT IS DEVOURED BY LOCUSTS EACH DAY AND SPAT OUT EACH NIGHT. THIRD, THERE IS THE NEW YORK OF THE PERSON WHO WAS BORN SOMEWHERE ELSE AND CAME TO NEW YORK IN QUEST OF SOMETHING. OF THESE THREE TREMBLING CITIES THE GREATEST IS THE LAST—THE CITY OF FINAL DESTINATION, THE CITY THAT IS A GOAL. IT IS THIS THIRD CITY THAT ACCOUNTS FOR NEW YORK'S HIGH-STRUNG DISPOSITION, ITS POETICAL DEPORTMENT, ITS DEDICATION TO THE ARTS, AND ITS INCOMPARABLE ACHIEVEMENTS. COMMUTERS GIVE THE CITY ITS TIDAL RESTLESSNESS, NATIVES GIVE IT SOLIDITY AND CONTINUITY, BUT THE SETTLERS GIVE IT PASSION."

―E.B. WHITE, HERE IS NEW YORK, 1949
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"Here is New York, as you've never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz's popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper's."--Amazon.com.

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