• Chloe Gordon

Mysteries and Folkways of NYC Revealed In 'Decoding Manhattan'

Manhattan is a place full of mystery and thrills. The secrets that fill the buildings and the history taking place on the streets are magical and teeming with life and culture. Decoding Manhattan by Antonis Antoniou and Steven Heller (and somewhat of a PRINT regular) explores the island's history and geography through media that tells a story of different periods, genres, and historical moments all bound in the same pages. You'll find photographs from different periods within the pages, historical maps, and illustrations depicting the city from the past.


It's amazing how one place can hold so much rich history, and flipping through the pages of this book will make you aware of the depths and layers within—an enchanting nod to a city so beloved to so many people.

The life and legend of New York City, from the size of its skyscrapers to the ways of its inhabitants, is vividly captured in this lively collection of more than 250 maps, cross sections, flowcharts, tables, board games, cartoons and infographics, and other unique diagrams spanning 150 years. Superstars such as Saul Steinberg, Maira Kalman, Christoph Niemann, Roz Chast, and Milton Glaser butt up against the unsung heroes of the popular press in a book that is made not only for lovers of New York but also for anyone who enjoys or works with information design.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Antonis Antoniou is a designer and architect and the coauthor of A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers (2013) and other visual books. He lives in Spain and Cyprus. Steven Heller is the author/editor of more than 180 books on design, illustration, and popular culture. He is the recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award for Design Mind. He lives in New York City.

Project Credits

Antonis Antoniou

Steven Heller


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