New York's remarkable rise, reinvention and growth is not just the tale of a city, but the story of a nation. From the building of the Brooklyn Bridge to the immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, from the slums of the Lower East Side to the magnificent art deco skyscrapers. The urban beach of Coney Island and the sleaze of Times Square, the vistas of Central Park and the crowds on 5th Avenue. The streets, the side walks, the chaos, the energy, the ethnic diversity, the culture, the fashion, the architecture, the anger and the complexity of the city is all laid out in this beautiful book block and block. This is the greatest city of the world after all and great are its extremes, contradictions and attitude. More than just a tribute to the metropolis and its civic, social, and photographic heritage, "New York: Portrait of a City" pays homage to the indomitable spirit of those who call themselves New Yorkers: full of hope and strength, resolute in their determination to succeed among its glass and granite towers.