Jackson, Kenneth T. Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven, Ct.: Yale University Press, 1995.
Entries across the spectrum of New York City history, design, and culture.
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Silver, Nathan. Lost New York. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Illustrated with photographs, this book provides a look at places in New York City that are no more.
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Stern, Robert A.M.
Good source for information on the development and the architecture of the city. Includes entries on many specific buildings and complexes. The endnotes are extensive and detailed.
New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age. New York: Monacelli Press, 1999.
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New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism, 1890-1915. New York: Rizzoli, 1983.
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New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars. New York: Rizzoli, 1987.
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New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial. New York: Monacelli Press, 1995.
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New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism between the Bicentennial and the Millennium. New York: Monacelli Press, 2006.
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Stokes, I. N. Phelps Iconography of Manhattan Island,1498-1909. Union, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 1998.
Six volume history of Manhattan. It has a detailed history of the city and hundreds of early views of New York. It is extensively indexed and an invaluable source for the study of the city's early history, topography, development, and architecture.
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White, Norval. AIA Guide to New York City. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Wide coverage. Particularly helpful for identifying architects for local structures.
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WPA Guide to New York City. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.
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