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The New York City Book Awards 2008

Book of the Year

The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York by Gail Fenske (University of Chicago Press)

The 2008-2009 Book Awards Jury

Constance Rogers Roosevelt, chair; Lucienne Bloch, Barbara Cohen, Jules Cohn, Ellen Feldman, Laton McCartney, Roger Pasquier, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Cynthia Saltzman, Meg Wolitzer

The awards presentation took place May 6, 2009.


Gail Fenske and Christopher Gray

Gail Fenske accepts the award from presenter Christopher Gray.

Presenter Christopher Gray on The Skyscraper and the City:

The Woolworth Building is one of the most iconic of New York City structures, and it has no abler chronicler than Gail Fenske. If you think you know everything about this very familiar landmark, then this is the book for you. It is so riveting to see the complex personal interplay between owner and architect Frank Woolworth and Cass Gilbert. The New York Society Library is very privileged to give this year's New York City Book Award to Dr. Gail Fenske.

Gail Fenske

Gail Fenske speaks about the construction and history of the Woolworth Building.

Gail Fenske and Mark Bartlett

Gail Fenske and Head Librarian Mark Bartlett

Photographs by Karen Smul.