The book captures New York as seen through the eyes of New Yorkers both famous and ordinary, whose particular window views reveal a hidden perspective of the city—and of themselves. As Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for The New Yorker, writes in his introduction, “[Pericoli] reveals…the personal connection each of us has to the cityscape, and the way in which things that are simply there, things that we did not create but that we look at all the time, can have a profound effect on our being.”
In 63 drawings, Pericoli captures “window views” of New York City, each image providing a unique perspective on the cityscape. Views of notables include those of Mario Batali, E.L. Doctorow, John Berendt, Richard Meier, David Byrne, Nora Ephron, Stephen Colbert, Tom Wolfe, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others. Accompanying each window view is a comment provided by its “owner.”
We all have quintessential images of New York City ingrained in our minds—postcard shots of the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan skyline. These are timeless images, yet they fail to capture what the city looks like through the eyes of its inhabitants. “The City Out My Window” reveals what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. Here is the city of their day-to-day, their work lives, and their daydreams.