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New York

New York is nothing short of the cultural capital of the world: a vertical city refusing to stay still, a blinding vision where dreams are built and fortune found. The most populous city in America, New York is a cultural behemoth, a non-stop theater of ethnic celebration embodied in its Statue of Liberty and in the waves of immigrants she has ushered into the city’s care over generations. Its five boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island—are frequently the setting for books, films, and television programs. One might say that New York is the ultimate setting for contemporary culture itself.

New York’s restless energy is its defining characteristic, and this is as true today as it was in the mid-19th century. It fueled the birth of countless artistic movements, including abstract expressionism in visual art; jazz, hip hop, and disco in music; while firmly securing its position as an epicenter of international fashion. Key movements of social upheaval promoting gay liberation, civil rights, and punk ideology also found room to lay their roots and bloom in the city that never sleeps. The city’s innumerable facets, attractions, and sites are legends ingrained into a collective consciousness: what happens in New York can be seen everywhere.

TASCHEN publishes a plethora of book titles with a New York flavor, including our essential revealing the juiciest tips worthy of the most seasoned New Yorker. Monographs celebrating artists with careers inseparable from the Big Apple are matched by photography, architecture, and travel books revealing the city’s best hidden gems, as does the New York Times 36 Hours USA edition. New York is also home to a TASCHEN store, so if you’re craving a city that soars as high in the imagination as it does in its steel and glass skyscrapers, start packing your bags and don’t forget to pay us a visit.