The City Out My Window
63 Views on New York
Publication Date: November 3, 2009
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From Matteo Pericoli, the celebrated author of Manhattan Unfurled, comes a unique collection of illustrated cityscapes. In these intimate drawings of window views, Pericoli captures the essence of the city by showing us what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. The City Out My Window shows us a series of private New Yorks, as seen by Tom Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Nora Ephron, Stephen Colbert, Richard Meier, Oliver Sacks, Mario Batali, David Byrne, and other artists, writers, and thinkers who help make the city what it is. The book includes their comments on what they see out their window and is introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
Matteo Pericoli, a graduate of the Polytechnic School of Architecture, moved to New York in 1995, where he has worked as an architect, illustrator, author, journalist, and teacher. His drawings have been published in various newspapers and magazines, in the U.S., in Italy, and elsewhere—including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Conde' Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Il Corriere della Sera, and La Stampa, among others. In 2007 he completed Skyline of the World, a 397-foot-long panoramic mural for American Airlines' new International Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
"Delightful paean...elegant." -- New York Times
"[An] amazing book." -- The New York Daily News
"New Yorkers will never look out their windows the same way again." -- Women's Wear Daily
"There is a lot of beauty -- and more than a little wisdom -- in The City Out My Window." -- Connecticut Post
"Pericoli reveals not just the landscape of the city, but the landscape of the city's greatest minds. Art is the bones of New York City and in the blood of its inhabitants. Pericoli creates a tapestry out of the inevitable and elegant interplay of people and place." -- Popmatters.com
"The City Out My Window offers an intimate sense of the quiet these residents, artists, writers, and composers enjoy and their constant connection with their city through their view. Reading this book, you gain a new sense of what people seek when they find their ideal home, even in crowded New York City...The variety among the 63 charming drawings shows Pericoli's ability to capture the spirit of the city with simple lines." -- Blogcritics.org