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 From Broadway to the Battery


This is an art book done in line art by German illustrator Robinson (1910-1994). On the book jacket, it says he has created hundreds of thousands of drawings, not just for New York. That sounds incredible but not hard to believe when you go through the pages.

It was first published in 1967 and this is a very welcome reprint. Looking at the illustrations is like traveling back in time to 60s New York, Manhattan precisely. The impressive skyscrapers were already up, and the 60s cars are all still crowding the streets.

The aerial drawings of Manhattan are breathtaking in astonishing detail. There are many in the book. New York Line By Line only has 64 pages, but the format is huge, great for showing off the line art.

I've been to Manhattan on holiday before and these drawings gives me fond memories of the place. Many are from the exact spot where I stood. There are drawings from the top of Empire State Building, at Park Avenue, Chinatown, Grand Central Station, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral,Rockefeller Center, Time Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Kennedy Airport and more.

Through the drawings, you can see how New York has changed with its people and landscape. Buildings at Time Square were just a few floors tall back then. Today, their top can't even be captured in photographs.

I like the last section where they compare numbers from the 60s New York with present day. There were 3000 shoe stores back then and now only 620. It's interesting to see how businesses have evolved through those numbers, many which changed drastically.

This is an impressive and astonishing book.

If you want to travel even further back in time, check out Denys Wortman's New York.

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 From Broadway to the Battery

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 From Broadway to the Battery

 From Broadway to the Battery

 From Broadway to the Battery

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Crowds gathered at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 30 for the lighting of the Christmas tree. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal )

 Photographs from Annie Leibovitz’s book ‘Pilgrimage’ will be on display at the Pace Gallery on West 22nd Street beginning Dec. 1. (Julie Glassberg for The Wall Street Journal )

CUNY students gathered near Madison Square Park on Nov. 28 to protest a proposed tuition increase. NYPD officers on motorbikes repeatedly attempted to cut off the protesters. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

 Two costumed women waited backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House on Nov. 28. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)

 Samuel Lee Roberts, left, and Kirven James Boyd practiced their routine as part of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the New York City Center Stage during a dress rehearsal on Nov. 30. (Mark Abramson for the Wall Street Journal)

 A growing number of young, creative types say they’ve found Manhattan’s last low-rent art district. Here, artist Billy Rennekamp, 25 years old, on Elizabeth Street in Chinatown on Nov. 29. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal)

 Corkbuzz Wine Studio is a new wine bar and school in the Union Square neighborhood at 13 E. 13th Street. (Lauren Lancaster for the Wall Street Journal)

 Kelley Lathan, 31, and her daughter Q’kioja, 1, were among residents displaced by post-Hurricane Irene flooding in Paterson, N.J. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

 The corals in the exhibits in the New York Aquarium’s Conservation Hall were grown in the aquarium’s coral laboratory. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

Dancers bowed after a rehearsal of ‘The Folding’ at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Nov. 28. Choreographer Shen Wei is presenting three dance pieces, including ‘The Folding.’ (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)

Traffic police congregated on Nov. 30 in Manhattan. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal)

Jose Luis skated in Bryant Park on Nov. 29. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal )

 Brooklyn assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who was acquitted of corruption charges this month was charged again Nov. 29 in a separate federal case with accepting bribes and soliciting kick-backs connected to carnival and real-estate deals. (PJ Smith for The Wall Street Journal )

 An eggplant sandwich at Pane Panelle at 305½ Church Street in New York (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Glorio To and Michelle Wong, tourists visiting from Hong Kong, jumped as a friend took their picture in front of the Flatiron building on Nov. 30. (Mark Abramson for The Wall Street Journal)

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Families of fallen firefighters attended an annual memorial service that honors the members of the New York City fire department who died in the past year, at the Firemen’s Memorial Monument in Riverside Park on Wednesday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )


People waited in line for food at Zuccotti Park on Sunday. (Jason Andrew for The Wall Street Journal)


A boy peeked through a picture cutout at Hank’s Pumpkintown in Southampton on Saturday. (Gordon M. Grant for The Wall Street Journal )


Ruby’s Bar & Grill in Brooklyn opened on Thursday morning to a couple of regulars and a pair of tourists. The historic Riegelman’s Boardwalk, which stretches from Coney Island to Brighton Beach, is set to have all its businesses closed down next month. (Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal)


From left, New York City Museum School ninth-graders Donoven Adams, Odalis Benicio, Ghislaine Farfan and Joseph Vasquez, all 14, took notes during a field trip on Tuesday.  (Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal)


Two women shared an umbrella as they walked down Sixth Avenue by the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture in Manhattan on Tuesday. (Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal)


Handlers with the Big Apple Circus raised the tent in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Wednesday. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )


Taxi dispatcher Winston Whaream, center, talked with Columbia Business School student Matt Gordon, right, and professor Clifford Schorer, at a taxi stand at Kennedy International Airport on Monday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


The pizza oven at PizzArte at 69 W. 55th St. in Manhattan (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


Lindsay May Schneider tried to photograph Eva Lambroza, 2, and her brother, Marcus, 4, at Classic Kids Photography in Manhattan on Wednesday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Carmine Puglisi, left, and Sunny Cosovic covered a replica of the Statue of Liberty on Tuesday. The statue, which was cast from the original mold, was being prepared for its formal presentation Wednesday at 667 Madison Ave. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Don Higgins put holiday lights on the trees surrounding Rockefeller Center on Thursday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal )


Author Jill Kargman loaded bullets into a handgun before shooting at the Westside Rifle and Pistol Range in Manhattan. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal )


Playwright Nicky Silver, outside the Vineyard Theater on 15th Street, where seven of his plays have made their premieres. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal )


A 510-foot tower of glass, steel and floating stone masonry, designed by architect Rafael Pelli, is under construction at 4 E. 102nd St. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal )


Ronda Matthews, 40, carried her son, Owen, 3, at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Zuccotti Park on Monday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


A selection of wines at the Terroir wine bar in Murray Hill (Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal )

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