Never Built New York

Never Built New York

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New York towers among world capitals, but they city we know might have never reached even more stellar heights, or burrowed into more destructive depths, had the ideas pictured in the minds of its greatest dreamers progressed beyond the drawing board and taken form in stone, steel, and glass. What is wonderfully elegant and grand might easily have been ingloriously grandiose; what is blandly remarkable might have been delightfully provocative or humanely inspiring. Nearly 200 ambitious projects spanning 200 years encompass bridges, skyscrapers, mass-transit plans, parks, streets and highways, amusements, airports, schemes to fill in rivers and extend Manhattan, and much, much more. Included are unrealized visions for such landmarks as Central Park, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center site, and many other locales in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. From the authors of Never Built Los Angeles, this hidden history--brimming with fact-filled and entertaining texts, as well as hundreds of sketches, renderings, prints, and models drawn from archives across the country--takes us on a thrilling journey through an alternative New York.
Publisher: New York, NY : Metropolis Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781938922756
Branch Call Number: 720.9747 GOLDI
Characteristics: 407 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans ; 23 x 30 cm
Notes: Projects include: Calvin Pollard, Washington Monument (1843) -- Egbert Ludovicus Viele, Arcade under-Ground Railway (1866) -- Rufus Henry Gilbert, Gilbert's Elevated Railway (1878) -- Grand Central Terminal (1903-1968) -- Charles Rollinson Lamb, Diagonal Plan (1904) -- Raymond Hood, Skyscraper Bridges (1925) -- Frank Lloyd Wright, St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie (1927) -- Benjamin Wistar Morris, Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle (1929) -- Robert Moses, Mid-Manhattan Expressway (1941) -- Ely Jacques Kahn, Dowling Theater (1945) -- Wallace K. Harrison, X-City (1946) -- United Nations (1946-1948) -- Wallace K. Harrison, Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Opera House (1955) -- Robert Moses, Fifth Avenue Extension (1955) -- Pennsylvania Station (1955-2005) -- Frank Lloyd Wright, New Sports Pavilion, Belmont Park Raceway (1956) -- Frank Lloyd Wright, Key Project for Ellis Island (1959) -- Victor Gruen, Welfare Island (1961) -- World Trade Center (1961-2002) -- Kahn & Jacobs, Rheingold Pavilion, World's Fair (1964) -- Conklin & Rossant and Harrison & Abramovitz, Battery Park City (1966) -- Paul Rudolph, City Corridor (1967) -- John Johansen, Leapfrog City (1968) -- Office of Midtown Planning and Development and Van Ginkel Associates, Madison Avenue Mall (1971) -- Venturi, Scott Brown with Clarke and Rapuano, Westway Highway Project (1984) -- Steven Holl, Bridge of Houses (1980) -- Frank Gehry, Atlantic Yards (2003)


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