The New York City Book Awards 2004
Books of the Year
Blue Blood by Edward Conlon (Riverhead)
From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship by David W. Dunlap (Columbia University Press)
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto (Doubleday)
Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway by The New York Transit Museum (Anthony W. Robins and Andrew Garn) (Stewart Tabori & Chang)
Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate (Crown)
Award for a Children's Book
Mimmy and Sophie: All Around the Town by Miriam Cohen and Thomas F. Yezerski (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Special Citation of Merit
The Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishers
The 2004-2005 Book Awards Jury
Constance Rogers Roosevelt, chair; Michael Henry Adams, Thomas Bender, Lucienne Bloch, Barbara Cohen, Jules Cohn, Joan K. Davidson, Christopher Gray, Roger Pasquier, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Jonathan Rosen, Daniel M. Rossner, Wendy Wasserstein
The awards ceremony took place May 4, 2005.
Juror Christopher Gray on the Images of America series:
Arcadia Publishing has done noble work by publishing more than a score of intensely focused local history titles for New York City alone (thousands nationwide). Who else would publish books on the East Bronx, on New York's harbor defenses, and on Long Island City, and keep them in print and widely available? The Arcadia titles give voice to smaller topics and smaller neighborhoods that are far beneath the typical publishing radar, and we are pleased to honor that effort with this Special Citation of Merit.
Photographs by David Ortiz.