New York is a town of more quartiers and arondissements than Paris, more souks and bazaars than Cairo, a place of havens from overwhelming energy and of studios where that energy is generated. Above all else, it is where everyone wants to make a mark. And for a lot of residents the biggest mark of all is the place they live in – no matter where that is in the infinite diversity of the astonishing tumbling ziggurat that is New York.
This book looks at a cross-section of these thrilling spaces for living created by New Yorkers. Ranging from the great mansions of the Upper East Side to the Tribeca loft that provides a live-work space for the high-flying architects of MPA, from the glamour of Kenneth Lane’s Murray Hill apartment to Susan Sheehan’s Arts and Crafts haven in Union Square, from Hamish Bowles’s 'tiny Atlantis' in Greenwich Village to James Fenton’s fantasy palace in Harlem, from the ivory tower that is the Modulightor Building in Midtown Manhattan to Miranda Brooks's 'garden in the city' in Brooklyn, this is a visual and literary feast of the marvellous houses and apartments of New York.
Polly Devlin is a writer and broadcaster and a self-confessed 'house addict'. Her first book, All of Us There, is now a Virago Modern Classic. She holds an OBE for services to literature. She lives in London and in New York, where she teaches Creative Non-Fiction at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her most recent book is A Year in the Life of an English Meadow (Frances Lincoln, 2007).
Annie Schlechter is a native New Yorker who has been working as a photographer since 1998. Her clients include New York Magazine, T-Magazine, House Beautiful, Travel + Leisure, The World of Interiors, Neue Galerie, Marianna Kennedy and Joe Serrins Studio, among many others. She has worked on numerous book projects with clients such as Jonathan Adler, Martha Stewart and The Little Bookroom. Annie Schlechter lives in Manhattan.
"Our Book of the Week, New York: Places to Write Home About, features styles for every taste, from the totally bonkers to the restrained and elegant."
"Matching the flamboyant, elegant interiors is Devlin’s writing – disarmingly frank about her subjects, the book makes for a very funny and absorbing read. It’s a coffee table book that you’ll buy for others, but want to keep yourself."
"The text is dense and thick with adjectives, but informative, and studded with loads of juicy quotes...the erudite Ms Devlin is an entertaining tour guide. If you're the kind of design geek who cherishes her Decoration of Houses and Authentic Decor, you'll want to own this book."
"Outstandingly rare and precious."