BOOKS: Stylin' in Times Square

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An Early Abstainer
Let's go back to an era before Times Square was bandied about as the likely location of a dirty-nuke disaster; back to the glory years when even the billboards smoked with impunity. This month marks the centennial of the New York subway and the Times Square station that ushered in the Crossroads of the World epoch, and it's all gloriously celebrated in a $20 Princeton Architectural Press paperback called Times Square Style: Graphics From the Great White Way. The amount of detail contained herein is astounding, including way cool esoterica like a 1940 Hotel Astor room key and a 1950 Sardi's menu. In the PDF is a brief sampling of some 200 color images and 25 vintage black-and-white prints from the book, which is written by Vicki Gold Levi, co-founder of the Atlantic City Historical Museum, and Steven Heller, senior art director at The New York Times. See www.papress.com for more.
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