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10 Great Books about New York City (nonfiction)

Here, for your interest, are my picks of 10 great nonfiction books about New York City, in no particular order:


City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York by Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett


Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas


The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs


The Encyclopedia of New York City edited by Kenneth T. Jackson


The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro


722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York by Clifton Hood


A Natural History of New York City by John Kieran


The WPA Guide to New York City


Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

I lied. That’s only 9. What would you choose as a 10th great (nonfiction) book about New York City? Let me know in the comments

Oh, and my fiction picks are to come. Stay tuned.

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