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We say that important urban issues need to be addressed in a timely and comprehensive manner.

We say that the cultural achievements and misfires of the world's greatest city and the spectacular but often quite frustrating technological wonders that are transforming and expanding our lives need to be incisively explored and explained.

The City Review will attempt such challenges, knowing full well how darn much information is out there.  We are all overwhelmed, but these are exciting times.

The City Review has no specific agenda other than pride in the glories of the city, dismay that it is no way near perfect, and confidence that an informed public and responsible media can overcome a lot.  The articles and essays of The City Review run as long as necessary and they are not fixed in length by some artsy "director," but by their content. Perhaps more important is the desire of The City Review not to be a knee-jerk, hastily written compendium of press releases.  Our long view will hopefully not be academic, nor dry, and have some of the witty perspective of the connoisseur's "eye."

This site also includes "The Midtown Book," "The Upper East Side Book," "The Upper West Side Book," and "The Lower Manhattan Book," all of which contain illustrated essays on prominent and important buildings.

Also included are reviews of classic sound films and a sampling of  poetry and computer graphics by Carter B. Horsley, the editor and publisher of The City Review who looks forward to any E-Mail comments, or queries, at carterbh@aol.com. Mr. Horsley is also the editor of CityRealty.com. As the contents listings are very long, use the scroll bar at the right to move down quickly through the various sections.

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Information That Matters

 "Talk about Energizer Bunnies, Carter B. Horsley! Your chronicling of the city's built environment is probably without equal."

- David W. Dunlap of The New York Times, Facebook comment, August 8, 2017

Computer Art by Carter B. Horsley of Lower Manhattan skyline

Pre-9/11/01 downtown skyline

Post 9/11/01 downtown skyline

 Post-9/11/01 downtown skyline

Central Park South skyline June 18, 2018

Central Park South Skyline June 18, 2018

Madison Avenue empty 4/13/20

Empty Madison Avenue April 13, 2020

Masked lions at Public Library on Fifth Avenue

Masked lions on Fifth Avenue at Public Library

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Carter B. Horsley was formerly the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post, an architecture critic for The International Herald Tribune, a reporter for The New York Times, and the producer and writer of "Tomorrow's New York Times Front Page," a weeknight syndicated program of WQXR, the radio station of  The New York Times.  He is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com, which has a major website at http://www.cityrealty.com that contains essays written by him on, and detailed ratings of, about three thousand apartment buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, as well as neighborhood descriptions and Top Ten lists.  That site also has extensive information on recent sales transactions, sales trends, and information on mortgages, buying and selling, neighborhood services and amenities, and maps.


Lower Manhattan with World Trade Center twin towers seen from Brooklyn at sunset

All photographs and computer art on the webpages of The City Review are copyright images by Carter B. Horsley except as noted otherwise in captions and except for reproductions from reviewed books, art exhibitions and art auctions.


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