From the foundations of its glossy skyscrapers to its famed network of subway tunnels, New York City is oft-dubbed a concrete jungle, yet architecturally its 19th-century brownstones and Art Deco towers are the illustrious icons it is most commonly associated.
Concrete New York Map — the tenth architecture map in a brilliant series from Blue Crow Media — offers an insight into the under celebrated material, focussing on buildings and structures that represent some of finest achievements in engineering in the city.
From revered headliners like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Marcel Breuer’s Brutalist Begrisch Hall, and Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center, to the lesser-known George Washington Bridge Bus Station and Battery Hill at Fort Tilden, the two-sided guide puts the old school side-by-side with the new school — contemporary works like Dattner Architects’ Spring Street Salt Shed and Steven Holl Architects’ Hunters Point Community Library completing the concrete landscape of one of the world’s most photographed cities.
Short explanatory texts come via Allison C. Meier, and there’s some fine photography from Jason Woods; all going toward making the handy pocket-sized Concrete New York Map an absolute must-have for fans of the Big Apple and completists of Blue Crow’s fine architectural collection alike. Available at selected independent bookstores and through bluecrowmedia.com