I have to confess….though I live near Boston, New York is the city I really love (don’t hate me — it’s not like I am rooting for the Yankees). If only I could, on a landscape designers income, afford my home AND a pied-a-terre in NYC….oh yes, that would be the life…
As a NYC lover and wannabe resident, a landscape designer and perpetual through the window dreamer, – The City Out My Window is a book that I am truly enjoying. It is a beautiful book of pencil drawings created by architect Matteo Pericoli. Each page presents a beautiful line drawing of New York based artists’, writers’, entertainers’, and composers’ home window view.
From writer Helen Gallagher:
“Reading this book, you gain a new sense of what people seek when they find their ideal home, even in crowded New York City. You sense what it means to them to feel connected to the city, yet our view is often something over which we exercise little control. Many of these New York homes and apartments, in fact, have views confined by architecture rather than nature, and yet people are drawn to the life and the changes observed through the window in each residence, from their private space in a very public city.”
Among the many delightful drawings, accompanied by text and quoting the residents, are many personal and revealing comments, such as poet Meghan O’Rourke’s:
“I’ve lived in New York (both Manhattan and Brooklyn) most of my life. This is my favorite view from any window I’ve ever had, though I once lived in a U-shaped apartment building, and it was very moving to be able to glimpse my family in the kitchen from my bedroom. A little like eavesdropping on your life. This view has an auditory component: the church bells ring periodically; they’re not too loud, but serve as a gentle reminder of time passing. And the trees in the backyard of the house are very old, so they seem to creak in the wind and rustle and sigh. When I’m writing poetry, all this natural and man made muttering can be inspiration at times.”
The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York has a lovely window shaped die-cut cover, interesting construction and pages that lay flat so nothing interferes with your peering into the lives of the city’s residents. I have an extra one that you can win for yourself or give as a beautiful holiday gift. What do you need to do to get it? Describe your favorite window view and tell why it is that you love it.
You have until Wednesday December 16th at 5:00 EST – then I will randomly pick a winner and get this beauty sent for the holidays.