New York NightsIntroduction by Steven Heller
Published by Gingko Press
300 pages, Hardcover
13 3/4" x 12" (340 x 303 mm)
225 color illustrations, English
Having captured and preserved the beauty and charm of New York City’s traditional shops and lamented their dwindling numbers in the bestselling Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York, James and Karla Murray have returned to the city’s streets once more to expose the city bathed in light. New York Nights is the result, a book that thrills us because the city is switched on.
The photographs continue in their powerful style — with structures rendered magnificently by a photographer duo possessing absolute mastery of a self-created genre.
The Murrays have taken vivid photographs of an outstanding selection of bars & pubs, restaurants and cafes, music venues, and shops, all with historical significance and enduring after-dark aesthetics. Turning the pages of New York Nights, one can start with drinks at the KGB Bar or a walk through the East Village — window shop at Trash and Vaudeville, and move on to an engagement at Radio City Music Hall or the Village Vanguard, followed maybe by an early morning bite at the Yaffa Cafe. Stories of a bygone New York are brought to life by words from the proprietors and employees who experienced them.
James and Karla Murray’s photographs are so captivating and the interviews they conducted are so engaging that the cultural history of New York City will forever be in their debt.
New York Times: Elegy in Neon / Slideshow: Nocturnal Signs, With Character
Picture This – ABC News: PHOTOS: Neon New York Nights
The Daily Beast: New York’s Neon Dreams
Brain Pickings: A Typographic Tour of New York City at Night (by Maria Popova)
PIX11: New York Nights: New book offers beautiful slice of Gotham’s neon-drenched nightlife
The Daily Mail: Light fantastic: Photographer catalogs the glowing neon signs illuminating store fronts across New York City
New York Nights tops Bloomberg News’ gift book list: Rolling Stones, Papaya King, Vinyl Enliven Gift Books
Huffington Post: ‘New York Nights’ By James And Karla Murray Showcases NYC Through Its Neon (PHOTOS)
Cooler Magazine: NEW YORK NIGHTS
Feature Shoot: New York Nights #1 on list of the top 15 Photo Books of 2012
New York Design Agenda: The Nights of New York
Kurier (Austria): Eine Hommage an New York City