This Tuesday, November 27th, John Tauranac will be discussing his newest book, Manhattan’s Little Secrets: Uncovering Mysteries in Brick and Mortar, Glass and Stone. The event will be held at 6pm at the NYU Bookstore (726 Broadway).
John Tauranac’s Manhattan’s Little Secrets deals with subjects that guidebooks usually ignore and passersby ordinarily overlook. A sarcophagus stands in a public park, and the stones from the donjon that had incarcerated Joan of Arc now serve as the base for a statue that honors her. An architect’s likeness is worked into the statuary of a building that he designed (and, no, it’s not Cass Gilbert in the lobby of the Woolworth Building), a Richard Haas trompe l’oeil doesn’t fool all the eyes, and there’s a reminder of the NYU’s first building on Washington Square.
About the Author:
John Tauranac writes on New York City’s social- and architectural history, he teaches the subject at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, where he is an adjunct associate professor, and he designs maps. In addition to Manhattan’s Little Secrets, Tauranac’s books include the three editions of New York From the Air (Abrams); The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark (Scribner and Cornell), Elegant New York (Abbeville), and Essential New York (Holt Rinehart & Winston), not to forget Manhattan Block By Block: A Street Atlas (Tauranac Maps). Tauranac has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Observer, Travel & Leisure, New York Magazine, and other publications. Tauranac was named a Centennial Historian by the Mayor’s office for his work in history, he was awarded a Commendation for Design Excellence by the U. S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment of the Arts for his role as the creative director of the 1979 subway map, and he was given an award for Teaching Excellence by NYU’s School of Professional Studies in 2006.
This Spring, John Tauranac will be teaching NEW YORK’S GREAT STRUCTURES: BUILDINGS, BRIDGES, TUNNELS, AND MORE (NYCM1-CE9003 )
See our website for more details or to enroll: https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/courses/NYCM1-CE9003-new-york-s-great-structures-buildings-bridges-tunnels-and-m.html