Manhattan Lightscape by Nathaniel LiebermanManhattan Lightscape by Nathaniel Lieberman

Manhattan Lightscape

byNathaniel Lieberman

Hardcover | October 25, 1990

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This luminous photographic collection highlights New York City's most breathtaking views and grandest buildings.

Master architectural photographer Nathaniel Lieberman sees New York City in terms of light: the light of dawn casting a honey–colored glow over the East River; the light of dusk soothing the stately structures on Central Park West; artificial light setting midtown Manhattan ablaze at night; the sharp light of day delineating the incomparable Manhattan skyline. His vistas, taken from high atop New York's skyscrapers and from its bridges and boroughs, portray the worlds most powerful city as we have only imagined it in our dreams.

For the first time, fifty–seven of these photographs, representing a decade of Lieberman's work, have been collected in this sumptuously produced volume. They feature the city's most breathtaking views and grandest buildings. The entire length of Central Park is captured in each of the seasons; the Brooklyn Bridge is illuminated by a burst of fireworks during the celebration of its centenary; the twin towers of the World Trade Center soar majestically above the deserted lanes of the old West Side Highway; the glass–and–steel grid of the Jacob Javits Convention Center twinkles futuristically; the dramatic Citicorp Building forms part of a strikingly geometric composition.

With an introduction by Mark Helprin, author of Winters Tale—a novel acclaimed for its magical evocation of New York City—and quotes about New York by a host of residents and visitors past and present, Manhattan Lightscape is certain to be irresistible to anyone who has ever romanced the stones of this remarkable city.
Nathaniel Lieberman is one of New York's leading architectural photographers. His photographs have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and are held in museum, corporate, and private collections in the United States and Europe. A graduate of Bard College, he has taught photography at the New School for Social Research a...
Title:Manhattan LightscapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:124 pages, 11.4 × 13.3 × 0.66 inPublished:October 25, 1990Publisher:Abbeville Publishing Group

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Excerpt from: Manhattan LightscapeBrooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan: From the Manhattan Bridge, 1981.Strangers entering the walled cities of medieval Europe and Asia must have felt a bit like this as they passed beneath the ramparts into the mysterious, protective but slightly forbidding communities within. But neither Europe nor Asia nor anywhere else can now offer anything to compare with the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. There is nothing to match it in any land: not that marvelous Baroque traverse of the Charles Bridge toward the heights of Hradcany in Prague; not a crossing of the Tiber by Castel Sant'Angelo and a long stroll to the monumental embrace of St. Peter's Square in Rome; not a walk through the bazaars of Varanasi to the teeming religious devotion along the Ganges ghats; not a descent from the hillside of Galata across the Golden Horn at Istanbul into the dusty but still intoxicating legacy of what was once Byzantium. Not even such lustrous passages as these can quite compete with the sensation of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge toward the island of Manhattan in the City of New York. The others have great visual drama, too, and are brushed even more with stirring memories of the past. But here alone the stranger feels that he has come upon an epic still being made.—Geoffrey Moorhouse, Imperial City: New York, 1988.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents from: Manhattan Lightscape

Introduction: City of Sunlight and Shadow

The Photographs:

New York Harbor from Bayonne, New Jersey

Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Manhattan

Downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan from the Williamsburg Bank

Lower Manhattan from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City

Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Moonset over lower Manhattan

View north across Bowling Green from 24 State Street

New York Harbor and Governors Island from 17 Battery Place

East pier of the Brooklyn Bridge

East River bridges from One Chase Manhattan Plaza

The Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, May 24, 1983

East pier of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

The Manhattan Bridge through the Brooklyn Bridge cables

Up the East River from Waterside Apartments

Midtown Manhattan from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City

The 59th Street Bridge from Roosevelt Island

The 59th Street Bridge, "Big Allis," and the George Washington Bridge from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City

The East River at dawn from the Williamsburg Bridge

The United Nations and Midtown south

Madison Square Park and the Metropolitan Life Building

View north from the Lower East Side

View north from Foley Square

The American Standard Building and the Empire State Building across Bryant Park

The Chrysler Building from the Channin Building

The Chrysler Building and East 42nd Street

57th Street, looking east

Park Avenue from Lever House

Midtown with 57th Street in the foreground

The Eldorado across Central Park

Central Park, looking north from 57th Street

Central Park, spring

Central Park, winter night

Central Park, winter

Central Park, autumn

The Central Park Reservoir

Southeast corner of Central Park and upper Fifth Avenue across Central Park South

St. Patricks Cathedral

Citicorp Center across Roosevelt Island from Queens

The 59th Street Bridge, "Big Allis," and the Upper East Side from Citicorp at Court Square, Long Island City

View south from the old elevated West Side Highway at Chambers Street

The Jacob Javits Convention Center

The QE 2 and the West Fifties

The Hudson River, from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive to the George Washington Bridge

The Civic Center with Midtown in the background from 127 John Street

Looking north up Broadway at the Woolworth Building and City Hall

The Williamsburg Bridge, looking toward Manhattan at dawn

The Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan from One Main Street, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Bridge Centennial, May 24, 1983

The Battery, New York Harbor, and the QE 2 from 70 Pine Street

Newtown Creek at dawn from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

The Midtown skyline and the Long Island Expressway from the Brooklyn- Queens Expressway

The Manhattan skyline from the East 180th Street subway station, the Bronx

Grand Central Station

The lower Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge