James and Karla Murray’s New York Nights is a mesmerizing book that takes us on a typographic tour of the streets of New York City at night.
The Murrays have taken vivid photographs of an outstanding selection of bars and pubs, restaurants and cafes, music venues, and shops, all with historical significance and enduring after-dark aesthetics. Rather than recede into darkness at night, the illuminated storefronts are even more visible in the dark.
The focus is on the neon-lit typography that acts as the face of the city when the sun goes down, with the lit up façades of the various store fronts illuminating the city’s streets.
From the foreword in New York Nights, “No other city in the world stages dusk to dawn like New York City. Whether it’s a glimpse out of a bus window pulling into the terminal at Port Authority, or the first step out onto the sidewalk under the Times Square lights after the end of a Broadway show that started before sunset — any visitor is immediately drawn to the city’s lights. Even simply viewing the illuminated city from the George Washington Bridge on the drive into Manhattan can be undeniably exciting.”
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