news and reviews for magnetic city

Print & Online

“An intimate, seductive guidebook” – New York Times

“[Davidson] combines a keen intelligence, experience, observational skills, expertise (especially but not solely architectural), and an elegant writing style to make this beautifully produced book indispensable.” - Booklist Starred Review

"A worthy companion to Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City and the American Institute of Architects guides to the architecture of New York as well as a treat for fans of the metropolis." - Kirkus Starred Review

“Justin Davidson lends nuance, texture and historical perspective to my impression that New York City has never been so appealing or life-affirming as it is today.” – New York Post

New York Times - "Guides for Exploring New York"

New York Magazine – "AVENUE OF THE IDEALISTS: A Walking Tour of 42nd Street"

Booklist Starred Review

Kirkus Starred Review

New York Post - "New York City has never been better than it is today"

San Francisco Chronicle - "SF can learn from new book on ‘Magnetic’ New York"

San Francisco Chronicle - "City afraid of change could learn much from NY"

Newsday - "Justin Davidson discusses ‘Magnetic City,’ his walking guide to New York’s architecture and history"

DNA Info - "5 Things We Learned About the UWS From An Architecture Critic's New Book"

Curbed - "Q&A: Architecture critic Justin Davidson on 'Magnetic City,' his NYC walking guide"

Curbed - "50 Essential Books About New York"

Travel & Leisure - "The Secret History of Manhattan's Financial District, Revealed"

Columbia Magazine - "New York through New Eyes"

Brick Underground - "Architecture critic Justin Davidson on how the city feels 'ancient and temporary at the same time'"

Wendy Perrin - "The Ultimate Walking Guide to New York City"

Architectural Record - "RECORD Recommends: 2017 Summer Reading"

The Place Master - "He Happens to Like New York"

Radio & Podcasts

Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC - “Justin Davidson’s NYC Walking Tour”

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen, WAMC - "Episode 175: Justin Davidson"

Slate Culture Gabfest - "The Culture Gabfest 'Needless With Three E’s' Edition"

Common Edge - "The Common Edge Podcast: Justin Davidson and the Ever Evolving City"


Eldridge & Co., CUNY TV - "Justin Davidson, Author 'Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York'"

Good Day New York (Fox) - "Good Day Architecture: June 19"

Kontakt! (Talk show on Russian-language cable channel for Russian speakers in US)


TED Talk - "Why glass towers are bad for city life — and what we need instead"

CNN – "Liquid City: A New York City waterfront tour"