Building the Skyline

The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers

Author: Jason M. Barr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199344361

Category: Land use, Urban

Page: 456

View: 7053

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. But how and why did it form? Much has been written about the city's architecture and its general history, but little work has explored the economic forces that created the skyline. This book chronicles the economic historyof the Manhattan skyline. In the process, the book debunks some widely-held misconceptions about the city's history. Part I lays out the historical and environmental background that established Manhattan's real estate trajectory before the Skyscraper Revolution at the end of the 19th century. Thebook begins with Manhattan's natural and geological history and then moves on to how it influenced early land use and neighborhood formation, and how these early decisions eventually impacted the location of skyscrapers. Part II focuses specifically on the economic history of skyscrapers and theskyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes. The book discusses why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they appeared three miles to the north in midtown, but not in between. Contrary to popular belief it was not due to the depths of Manhattan's bedrock,nor the presence of Grand Central Station. Rather midtown's emergence was a response to the economic and demographic forces that were taking place north of 14th Street after the Civil War. The book also presents the first rigorous investigation of the causes of the building boom during the Roaring Twenties. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the boom was largely a rational response to the economic growth of the nation and city. The last chapter investigates the value of Manhattan Islandand the relationship between skyscrapers and land prices. Finally, an Epilogue offers policy recommendations for a resilient and robust future skyline.

Race and Real Estate

Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890-1920

Author: Kevin McGruder

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231539258

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 7105

Through the lens of real estate transactions from 1890 to 1920, Kevin McGruder offers an innovative perspective on Harlem's history and reveals the complex interactions between whites and African Americans at a critical time of migration and development. During these decades Harlem saw a dramatic increase in its African American population, and although most histories speak only of the white residents who met these newcomers with hostility, this book uncovers a range of reactions. Although some white Harlem residents used racially restrictive real estate practices to inhibit the influx of African Americans into the neighborhood, others believed African Americans had a right to settle in a place they could afford and helped facilitate sales. These years saw Harlem change not into a "ghetto," as many histories portray, but into a community that became a symbol of the possibilities and challenges black populations faced across the nation. This book also introduces alternative reasons behind African Americans' migration to Harlem, showing that they came not to escape poverty but to establish a lasting community. Owning real estate was an essential part of this plan, along with building churches, erecting youth-serving facilities, and gaining power in public office. In providing a fuller, more nuanced history of Harlem, McGruder adds greater depth in understanding its development and identity as both an African American and a biracial community.

William Van Alen, Fred T. Ley and the Chrysler Building

Author: George C. Kingston

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476668477

Category: Art

Page: 236

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The Chrysler Building was the result of a remarkable collaboration between William Van Alen, a dreamer whose designs challenged orthodox architecture, and Fred T. Ley, a practical builder who turned dreams into reality. Together they realized Walter P. Chrysler's vision of an iconic structure that would (for 11 months) be the tallest building in the world. Alen is recognized as one of the most innovative architects of the 20th century. Ley rose from rod man on a survey team to head one of the largest construction companies in the world. Both men participated in the architectural revolution brought about by steel frame, curtain wall construction. This book chronicles how they designed and constructed the Chrysler Building and how the experience affected the rest of their lives.

From Abyssinian to Zion

A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship

Author: David W. Dunlap

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231500726

Category: Architecture

Page: 400

View: 3320

From modest chapels to majestic cathedrals, and historic synagogues to modern mosques and Buddhist temples: this photo-filled, pocket-size guidebook presents 1,079 houses of worship in Manhattan and lays to rest the common perception that skyscrapers, bridges, and parks are the only defining moments in the architectural history of New York City. With his exhaustive research of the city's religious buildings, David W. Dunlap has revealed (and at times unearthed) an urban history that reinforces New York as a truly vibrant center of community and cultural diversity. Published in conjunction with a New-York Historical Society exhibition, From Abyssinian to Zion is a sometimes quirky, always intriguing journey of discovery for tourists as well as native New Yorkers. Which popular pizzeria occupies the site of the cradle of the Christian and Missionary Alliance movement, the Gospel Tabernacle? And where can you find the only house of worship in Manhattan built during the reign of Caesar Augustus? Arranged alphabetically, this handy guide chronicles both extant and historical structures and includes 650 original photographs and 250 photographs from rarely seen archives 24 detailed neighborhood maps, pinpointing the location of each building concise listings, with histories of the congregations, descriptions of architecture, and accounts of prominent priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and leading personalities in many of the congregations

Frank Furness: The Complete Works

Author: George E. Thomas,Jeffrey A. Cohen,Michael J. Lewis

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9781568980942

Category: Architecture

Page: 385

View: 5709

Frank Furness was the most unique and prolific American architect of the nineteenth century. Apprenticed in the atelier of Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the values of his father's friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Furness derived architectural form from the representation of purpose and turned architecture away from history toward the forces of the present. This encyclopedic book is the first complete monograph of Furness's work. More than 670 projects are presented through 700 photographs and drawings. Critical essays by George Thomas link Furness to Emersonian naturalism and to the political reform movement in Philadelphia that supported his independent stylistic direction; Jeffrey Cohen explores the personal style and motives of the architect; and Michael Lewis assesses local and national criticism of Furness and the changing perception of style-based history. An introduction by Robert Venturi offers a personal appreciation of the work of this remarkable architect.

Herbert Croly of the New Republic

The Life and Thought of an American Progressive

Author: David W. Levy

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400854598

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

View: 5437

Here is the first full-length biography of Herbert Croly (1869-1930), one of the major American social thinkers of the twentieth century. David W. Levy explains the origins and impact of Croly's penetrating analysis of American life and tells the story of a career that included his founding of one of the most influential journals of the period, The New Republic, in 1914 and his writing of The Promise of American Life (1909), a landmark in the history of American ideas. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.


Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950

Author: Robert M. Fogelson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300098278

Category: History

Page: 492

View: 9037

Annotation Downtown is the first history of what was once viewed as the heart of the American city. Urban historian Robert Fogelson gives a riveting account of how downtown--and the way Americans thought about it--changed between 1880 and 1950. Recreating battles over subways and skyscrapers, the introduction of elevated highways and parking bans, and other controversies, this book provides a new and often starling perspective on downtown's rise and fall.

Iowa Biographical Dictionary

Author: Jan Onofrio

Publisher: Somerset Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 040309304X

Category: History

Page: 781

View: 2703

Iowa Biographical Dictionary contains biographies on hundreds of persons from diverse vocations that were either born, achieved notoriety and/or died in the state of Iowa. Prominent persons, in addition to the less eminent, that have played noteworthy roles are included in this resource. When people are recognized from your state or locale it brings a sense of pride to the residents of the entire state.

New York 1900

metropolitan architecture and urbanism, 1890-1915

Author: Robert A. M. Stern,Gregory Gilmartin,John Montague Massengale

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications


Category: Architecture

Page: 502

View: 7796

Historical photographs, plans, and elevations document the cultural and artistic flowering in New York

The Brown Decades

A Study of the Arts in America, 1865-1895

Author: Lewis Mumford

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486202006

Category: Art

Page: 266

View: 1014

Buried renaissance of Root, Sullivan, Roebling, W. Homer, Eakins, Ryder, others. 12 illustrations.

The Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing

Author: Gary W. Eldred

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118045312

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 1717

Start making money today ---with the ultimate guide for first-time investors No matter what the market does, real estate stilloffers plenty of moneymaking opportunities. In thisnew edition of The Beginner's Guide to RealEstate Investing, Gary W. Eldred presents the toolsand knowledge new investors need to get started profitably. Packed with smart moneymakingstrategies and real-life stories from successfulinvestors, this edition also covers the latestinformation on financing, foreclosures, cash flow, and much more. You'll not only master the basics ofinvesting, but also discover specialized techniques that the pros rely on to grow their long-term wealth. Concise yet comprehensive, this practical guide shows you how to: * Find great deals on properties with big potential * Get started with low- or no-down payment financing * Utilize creative financing options and otherpeople's money * Buy low-cost foreclosures and REOs * Make value-adding improvements to any property * Craft winning offers and negotiate like a pro * Manage rental properties hassle-free * Flip investment properties for fast profit In addition, Eldred shows you how to tailor yourinvestment strategy to make money almost anywhere, in any type of market. With proven tech-niques, timeless principles, and totally up-to-dateinformation, The Beginner's Guide to Real EstateInvesting, Second Edition is the perfect place to start building a prosperous future --- today.

Success Guide for Real Estate Sales Thriving in Tough Times

Author: Scott Allen


ISBN: 1257641344

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 108

View: 9216

Success Guide for Real Estate Sales Thriving in Tough Times gives new perspectives on classic approaches to real estate sales. Written from the vantage point of the end of the Great Recession this manual provides practical advice to get real estate agents productive and profitable even in a difficult market. You will learn: * How the right attitude will take you farther * The essential elements of a winning business plan * Practical tips on using technology and systems to manage your business * Effective customer service strategies * How to price properties to sell * Making the open house effective * Common transaction problems and how to deal with them * How to work on short sales and foreclosure properties * How to generate referrals for long term success

Cashing in on Pre-foreclosures and Short Sales

A Real Estate Investor's Guide to Making a Fortune Even in a Down Market

Author: Chip Cummings

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470463758

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 324

View: 2075

Cashing in on Pre-foreclosures and Short Sales shows investors exactly how to take advantage of what many are calling the best upcoming investment real estate market we have experienced in decades! Chip distinguishes the difference between good deals and bad deals, reveals just how easy it is to find, evaluate, and obtain foreclosure properties, tells how to negotiate a profitable transaction, and unveils the power of using short sales and other strategies to create a win-win situation for the investor, the seller, and the bank. Even first-time buyers looking to score a bargain on purchasing their own home will be armed with all the tools they need to confidently evaluate and pursue a profitable deal - and save thousands in the process. Cashing In on Pre-foreclosures and Short Sales incorporates quotes and advice from top industry professionals, as well as a healthy appendix packed with state and national foreclosure guidelines, including valuable contacts and websites, sample forms, checklists, and all the necessary tools you need to find, evaluate, secure and profit from foreclosure properties.

Investing in Real Estate

Author: Gary W. Eldred

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118172973

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 345

View: 7542

To explore and illustrate contemporary and evolving market conditions and investment opportunities, this newly revised edition will include the following: 1. Provide historical/cyclical context to emphasize the unprecedented combination of bargain pricing and near record low interest rates now available in most cities. 2. Show how to meet and exceed today's changed loan underwriting standards. (Yes, loans are widely available-but readers/would-be investors must learn how to navigate the maze). 3. Discuss effective ways to successfully negotiate below-market prices with banks, distressed owners/mortgagors, and government agencies (HUD, FHA, Fannie, Freddie, etc.) 4. Reveal methods that will make sure your appraisal comes in at the value you want/need for loan approval. 5. Explain how to legally and ethically use easier/low down payment, owner-occupied financing to acquire investment properties. 6. Guide readers through the new procedures and processes used to acquire REOs (relatively) quickly and on favorable terms as well as illustrate how to structure and complete short sales on favorable terms. 7. How to find motivated sellers and/or market properties through social media. 8. Capitalize on the low CD rate environment to persuade sellers to offer OWC property financing-indeed, a large and growing number of sellers need no persuasion. OWC financing is being offered by tens of thousands of sellers already. 9. Learn how to acquire properties through buying debt, subject-to agreements, and loan assumptions. (Yes, they are still available when you know where to look). 10. Discuss why today's prices (contrary to media mis-statements and err-prone commentators) are sure to increase substantially and how to identify the properties and locations that will experience the highest rates of appreciation. In addition to the above (and many other) revisions that are especially crafted to address the new opportunities and challenges that will exist for the next several years, this 7th edition will achieve elevated standards for clarity, application, and time-tested investment principles and practices (p&p which were often forgotten or ignored during the boom years).

How to Invest in Real Estate

A Beginners Guide to the Only Proven Safe Investment

Author: Thomas Collins

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1438969090

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

View: 5682


Making Money in Real Estate

The Canadian Guide to Profitable Investment in Residential Property, Revised Edition

Author: Douglas Gray

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470739444

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 9045

The Canadian Guide to Investing in Residential Property Successful real estate investments play an essential role in Canadian investors' portfolios. The growth in wealth in real estate markets has presented investors with tremendous opportunities to capitalize on and expand their range of investments. In Making Money in Real Estate, Douglas Gray demystifies the Canadian real estate market for novice investors and presents new strategies for veteran investors. Learn to: Understand the real estate market cycles Find a property and assess its investment potential Build a trustworthy real estate team Arrange financing on good terms Use negotiating tactics that work Understand tax and legal issues Manage a property Avoid the pitfalls that many investors fall into Examine the pros and cons of non-residential property investment options Making Money in Real Estate is a critical and indispensable tool in investment decision making.