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Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Within, Sketches of the New York Skyline from Central Park by Matteo Pericoli

Weekly Book Special: September 7th-September 13th

Last Friday, September 3rd, marked Skyscraper Day — a celebration of the world’s tallest buildings. To commemorate, this week’s book special focuses on New York’s world-famous skyline:


Manhattan Within

Written and Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
Slipcase in original shrinkwrap, 72 pages, 2003, ISBN: 0375508686
List Price: $30.00, OUR PRICE: $9.95
Manhattan Within

This set by Matteo Pericoli, the best-selling artist-architect of “Manhattan Unfurled” (Our Price: $30.00) includes: A full-color 22-foot-long drawing, in an accordion fold-out format, which provides an amazing 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from within Central Park.

Includes a separate, enlightening personal journal about the method, philosophy, and evolution of the work — an unprecedented, dramatic re-envisioning of the relationship between the city and its geographical center and escape. A visual legend and diagram identifies the city’s landmarks and streets.

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning clip on Pericoli’s artistic process (click to watch):

“[Pericoli’s] prose, as it turns out, is as evocative as his art,” writes Booklist in a review.

Pericoli writes: “When I was working on the skyline along the edge of the island, [the buildings] were giving their backs to me as if they didn’t care. From the park all the buildings seem to look at me. I think this is the real skyline of Manhattan.”

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September 7, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Miracle on 34th Street: Ornament and Book Gift Set

Miracle on 34th Street: Ornament and Book Gift Set
by Valentine Davies
(Hardcover, 125 pages, 2001, ISBN: 152045759, $17.00)

Miracle on 34th StreetA white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus — and is asked to become the store’s resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby.

Since its first publication in 1947, this tale has been treasured by generations, making this Academy Award-winning story part of holiday traditions all across America. This facsimile edition faithfully re-creates the first hardcover publication.

Read the Google Preview: Miracle on 34th Street of this book before you purchase it.

A brief historical note, new in this edition, details the simultaneous development of the book and film. Also included in this boxed set is an original keepsake wooden ornament that kindles warm memories — perfect for sharing with new generations of believers.

“Lovingly reproduced to match the original 1947 printing, this handsome hardback edition of Miracle on 34th Street comes in a gift box with a painted wooden tree ornament,” writes Amazon.com in a review.

“[W]hat makes this gift-box edition interesting is a short note describing the book’s production, which happened at a frantic pace–Davies fairly credits director David Seaton for much of the book’s inspiration, and over 400,000 copies were rushed through to premiere simultaneously with the film.

“[F]or that ’40s, old-timey appeal, this gift box can’t be beat — not to mention it being a safe, easy go-to for stuffing stockings and bringing gifts to holiday parties.”

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August 17, 2010 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Improving Inspections of New York City Transit Stations

Improving Inspections of New York City Transit Stations
by Barry L. Kluger
Paperback, 25 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781437935844, $20.00

On Aug. 16, 2009 in New York City, at 10:18 p.m., a large section of the arched brick ceiling at the 181st St. Station on the IRT 1 Line fell onto the platforms and tracks. Fortunately, no one was injured by the falling bricks, and subway service to the station was immediately suspended.

New York City Transit (NYCT) then temporarily secured the ceiling to protect customers and trains from additional falling debris and reopened the station for subway service on Aug. 31, 2009.

The objectives of this audit report were to determine whether NYCT is: Adequately conducting structural inspections of its stations; Properly coordinating station inspections; and Performing structural inspections of all stations and station components on a frequent, regular basis. Illustrations.

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August 4, 2010 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)

New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)
By Laura DiGrande
(Paperback, 35 pages, 2010, $25.00)

In 2006, New York City (NYC) established a multi-disciplinary Child Fatality Review Team to examine unnatural deaths in children ages one through 12 and to identify strategies for prevention. Past reports have described the predominant causes of fatal child injury in NYC including traffic crashes, fire and burns, and unintentional injuries in the home.

This 4th report analyzes individual and neighborhood disparities in fatal childhood injuries. These findings show that fatal injuries occur disproportionately among younger children, boys, black non-Hispanic children, and children in the City’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

This report identifies social, environmental, and regulatory measures that could make NYC an even safer place for children. Illustrations.

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July 21, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)

Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)
By Travis A. Smith, Biing-Hwan Lin, Jonq-Ying Lee
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00)

Despite budget deficits and calls by health advocates, soda taxes have failed to pass recently in New York, Philadelphia, Vermont, Mississippi, Kansas and Alaska, the New York Times reports.

The link between high U.S. obesity rates and the over-consumption of added sugars, largely from sodas and fruit drinks, has prompted calls for a tax on caloric sweetened beverages (CSB). Faced with a tax, consumers may reduce consumption of these CSB and substitute non-taxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk.

A tax-induced 20% price increase on CSB could cause an average reduction of 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year, for adults and an average of 4.5 pounds over a year, for children.

Given these reductions in calorie consumption, results show an estimated decline in adult overweight prevalence and obesity prevalence, as well as the child at-risk-for-overweight prevalence and the overweight prevalence. Charts and tables.

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July 16, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Extradition To and From the United States: Overview of the Law and Recent (ISBN: 1437934811)

Extradition To and From the United States: Overview of the Law and Recent (ISBN: 1437934811)
By Michael John Garcia and Charles Doyle
(Paperback, 44 pages, 2010, $20)

In May 2010, after years of opposition and recent pressure from the Obama administration, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding last week reversed his stance and okayed the extradition of alleged drug king pin Christopher (Dudus) Coke to stand trial in New York, reports the New York Daily News. Today, Coke was captured, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

“Extradition” is the formal surrender of a person by a State to another State for prosecution or punishment. The U.S. has extradition treaties with over a hundred nations, although there are many countries with which it has no extradition treaty. International terrorism and drug trafficking have made extradition an increasingly important law enforcement tool.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Bars to Extradition; (3) Constitutionality; (4) Procedure for Extradition from the U.S.: Arrest and Bail; Hearing; Review; Surrender; (5) Extradition for Trial or Punishment in the U.S.; (6) Alternatives to Extradition; Waiver. Append.: Countries with Which the U.S. Has a Bilateral Extradition Treaty, and those with Which the U.S. Has No Bilateral Extradition Treaty.

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Weekly Book Special: July 4th Children’s Book: Building Liberty: A Statue is Born (ISBN: 0792269691)

Weekly Book Special: June 22nd-June 28th

The Fourth of July celebrates American independence, and this week’s special tells the story of the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American independence:

Building Liberty: A Statue Is Born
Written and Illustrated by Serge Hochain
(Hardcover with reinforced library binding, 46 pages, 2003, $25.00)
Building Liberty

Did you know that Statue of Liberty did not begin her life in New York?

The extraordinary construction of the Statue of Liberty began in France in 1875, and with the work of many people, was completed 11 years later on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in New York.

Join a cross-Atlantic adventure with four boys — Italian construction worker Leo, French sailor Fanch, African-American newsboy Benjamin and Irish ironworker Angus — as they help to build one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Also includes a step-by-step illustrated history of the statue’s creation (with captions) from Bartholdi’s sketch pad to its completion.

Our favorite illustration is when the Statue of Liberty is unveiled in Paris (click to enlarge):
Building Liberty: Statue Unveiled in Paris

“This is a great little book,” writes Social Studies for Kids. “The illustrations are amazing in their depth and choice of color. The book also showcases the difficulties young boys and their families faced in the late 19th century in America and in France. There are many excellent details that leave the reader knowing much more than the average American about how the statue came to be.”

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June 22, 2010 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Terrorist Watchlist Screening: FBI Has Enhanced Its Use of Information from Firearm and Explosives Background Checks to Support Counterterrorism Efforts: Congressional Testimony

Terrorist Watchlist Screening: FBI Has Enhanced Its Use of Information from Firearm and Explosives Background Checks to Support Counterterrorism Efforts: Congressional Testimony
By Eileen R. Larence (Paperback, 17 pages, 2010, $15)

Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law. However, for homeland security and other purposes, the FBI is notified when a firearm or explosives background check involves an individual on the terrorist watchlist.

In light of the recent failed Times Square bombing, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:

“When gun dealers run background checks, should F.B.I. agents have the authority to block sales of guns and explosives to those on the terror watch lists — and deemed too dangerous to fly?” the New York Times reported the Mayor asking. “I believe strongly that they should.”

According to GAO, from February 2004 to February 2010, 1,228 people listed on an FBI terror watchlist had tried to buy weapons. About 90 percent, some 1,119, had succeeded. Faisal Shahzad, the alleged bomber, was not on the list in March.

This statement addresses: (1) how many checks have resulted in matches with the terrorist watchlist; (2) how the FBI uses information from these checks for counterterrorism purposes; and (3) pending legislation that would give the Attorney General authority to deny certain checks. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.

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May 10, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: New York Artist Keith Haring’s Books Dogs and Babies

February 8th-14th Weekly Book Special

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary New York artist and social activist Keith Haring. Haring’s style of simple outline drawing combined Disney cartoons and the sophisticated “primitivism” of artists such as Pierre Alechinsky and Jean Dubuffet.

In the 1970s-1980s, Haring was swept into New York’s Downtown culture of Punk and New Wave music, and he translated the street culture into his art. His art continues to inspire people today. This week’s specials are two of his small format books. These books are in perfect condition. We ship in 24 hours.

Dogs
by Keith Haring (Hardcover, 68 pages, 2000, $13.00)

Dogs by Keith Haring

The dogs in the art of Keith Haring are anthropomorphic: dancing, laughing, ogling and showing off — they were on occasion an alter-ego of sorts. Here paired with quotes from Haring’s journals, we can see in these drawings the joy and inspiration he found in his friends. These drawings provide a touching and funny counterpoint to his more monumental work.

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Babies
by Keith Haring (Hardcover, 64 pages, 2000, $13.00)

Dogs by Keith Haring

Keith Haring loved children and treasured their purity and innocence. The “radiant baby” was a signature images and appeared in many incarnations in his work: pregnant women dancing giddily, babies with halo and wings, cradled mother’s arms or playing with their dad. Matched with insightful entries from his writings, these joyful drawings continue to entertain, inspire and provoke.

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Dogs and Babies
Dogs and Babies
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February 8, 2010 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Unfurled: Delicacy and Grandeur, architecture drawings of New York’s skyline, by Matteo Pericoli

Weekly Book Special: January 5th – 11th

Manhattan Unfurled: Delicacy and Grandeur
Written by Paul Goldberger; Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
(Hardcover with slipcase, 50 pages, 2001, $30.00)

Recently “Manhattan Unfurled” was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Published in 2001, this book is a visual love letter to the New York City that once was. Italian architect Matteo Pericoli spent two years drawing 20 bridges, 1,600 buildings and 2,830 waves — in pen without erasing or revising.

“You feel in this drawing the rhythm and energy of New York,” Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker‘s architecture critic told CBS. “There is power and strength, but also an incredible delicacy and intimacy.”

The part on “Manhattan Unfurled” starts at 1:50:

This magnificent Wedgwood blue slipcase — in its original shrinkwrapping — includes two breathtaking 22-foot-long drawings of Manhattan’s East and West Sides in 24 fold-out panels. A visual key identifies landmarks, bridges and streets. Also included is a separate 50-page essay by Goldberger.

You have probably seen Pericoli’s work before: the cover of hip-hop group Beastie Boys’ album “To the 5 Boroughs” and also as inspiration for the iconic New York Yankees baseball cap featuring the Manhattan skyline and Yankee Stadium.

“Every building has character; to draw it is like drawing a face, the things that give it soul,” Percioli told The New Yorker. If you draw something, it is fixed in your mind forever, it is a miracle.”

Pat Alexander, an insurance industry consultant who moved from New York to Dallas has worked in New York and now lives outside of Ft. Worth, Texas, writes on her blog: “I visit this book frequently so I can remember exactly what the skyline looks like.”

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January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am 1 comment


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