news and reviews for magnetic city

“Davidson, the Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic for New York magazine, is a resident, student, and passionate lover of New York, and he has done right by a subject that, fittingly, has been essayed many times before. He 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

“Now, an enthralling new book makes clear that I’m not alone in my home-town infatuation. Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York (Spiegel & Grau) by New York magazine architecture critic 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.” – Steve Cuozzo, New York Post


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

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

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

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

“SF can learn from new book on ‘Magnetic’ New York” - John King, San Francisco Chronicle

"Architectural Record: Recommended Summer Reading"