There are around 900,000 buildings across the five boroughs, and you’ll find a few dozen of them in James Gulliver Hancock’s new book of illustrations, "All the Buildings in New York (That I’ve Drawn So Far)."
These range from iconic structures like the Guggenheim and the UN to nondescript homes on the Lower East Side.
Hancock is originally from Australia, and has been here for just 3 years. I first spoke to him a couple years ago, when he was still relatively new to the city.
"Being an outsider, being Australian, coming here was kind of amazing," he said. "You’re in this set you’ve seen in so many movies, like West Side Story. Rear Window is always coming to mind, you know, the backs of brownstones and the fire escapes.”
What I really enjoy about the illustrations is how tactile they are. Hancock says he was trying to de-mystify the city.
"Initially it was me trying to get over that sensation of seeing it as a movie set. It wasn’t more about, ‘Hey, I want people to see these buildings and how I think they’re beautiful.’ It was more like, by drawing them I might make them real, I might make them more friendly to me. Less like movie stars and real people."
Check out Hancock’s blog here. Or buy the book.