This is New York
The This is series wouldn't have been complete without New York. The book is the first of 3 on American cities (followed by This is San Francisco and This is Washington, D.C.) It was also the first of 4 titles (with This is Venice, This is Israel and This is Ireland) to be made into a film.
What the critics said about This is New York
I come to a place like New York, for example, that I have never visited before in my life. I begin by going to see the things I've heard about or read about-- the monuments, the landmarks and particular places of interest. One thing leads to another until the book is completed. All I really do is run from my hotel to someplace and then back to the hotel!Miroslav Sasek in Books are by people.
Inevitably, M. Sasek, that witty, keen-eyed painter of cities came to New York and now...he presents the pageant of that "largest city in the Western Hemisphere *** full of the Biggest Things." Mr. Sasek pays due homage to all the bigness but, characteristically, he balances them with little shops (a hot dog cart) and little streets....This book is for everybody, New Yorkers, native and adopted, exiles, outlanders, and anyone who appreciates fine pictures.Ellen Lewis Buell All around the town, in The New York Times Book Review, October 23, 1960, p. 48.
Text from Polly Goodwin, Artful portrait of New York City, in Chicago Tribune, Part 4, November 6, 1960, p. 38.
In his latest colorful big picture book Sasek shows he can do as superbly by an American city as he has done by the European capitals of Paris, London, and Rome...
[All] the exciting sights of New York are pictured and captioned with wit and charm for the delectation of children and adults. We wager this book will be even more popular that its predecessors.
To the gendarmes of Paris, the bobbies and guardsmen of London and the carabinieri of Rome M. Sasek has added the firemen of New York and a policeman or two... His amusing representational pictures...are stiffer and more formal, but it is still a delight to see ourselves as he sees us. It was the firemen and the tall buildings, which he had to twist his neck to see, that struck him first, then the other big things, a few small ones like Greenwich Village's Macdougal Alley, and the fact that you can shop in any language... His first view of New York is more conventional than his views of other cities... Perhaps M. Sasek will make a longer visit, prowl some more and add intimacies of the city to match the little boy he shows so charmingly in this book feeding peanuts to "New York's huge fluffy squirrels."America's past and present seen anew, in New York Herald Tribune Book Review, November 13, 1960, p.18.
If there is a trace of vulgarity in the fourth of Mr. Sasek's picture-guides to capital cities, this may perhaps be attributed to his subject. This is New York is informal, gay and authentic. In a series of swift glimpses he gives an impression of a great city as it appears to a sharp eyed, intelligent and irreverent visitor. In this, as in the earlier books, the text is a discreet, unemphatic accompaniment of the pictures.
Parents of very small children who are attracted by the large page and the bold colourful drawing should be warned that this is a subtle book, essentially sophisticated in its humour and its social comment. It is likely to appeal most strongly to intelligent readers in their teens who have a feeling for design and a developed sense of humour.
Big city, in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 3065, November 25, 1960, p. xii.