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Thursday, Mar 18, 2004
"A kind of travel book for armchair circumambulators, written in a meandering, essayistic style, it chronicles the past, present and future of Manhattan along its edges. It's a lively, engaging hybrid, blending reportage, history, personal memoir and literary and architectural criticism.
The book ambles northward along the Hudson, from the Battery to Inwood, then takes in the East River, from lower Manhattan to Highbridge Park. Along the way, the author comments on buildings and open space, recalls movies and novels set on the waterfront, recounts political battles that shaped it, suggests civic improvements, unearths little-known bits of history and lore."