April 8, 2020
In the New York Times, Deborah Berke takes architecture critic Michael Kimmelman on a virtual walk from the Gracie Square area of the Upper East Side to the parks and promenades along the East River. She explores the layers of architecture, infrastructure, and public space that make New York unique. “If it weren’t for the water, there would be no New York. As an architect, I also find it meaningful that Manhattan doesn’t end, like many cities, by petering out. It ends because it is contained by rivers and a great harbor — by a hard, crisp edge, which gives the city its physical drama,” she said.