William J. Hennessey is an architectural historian who has taught at Vassar College, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Michigan and directed the art museums at each of those institutions. From 1997 to 2014 he was director of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. Hennessey is the author of catalogs and articles on a wide range of art and design topics, including nineteenth-century architecture and twentieth-century industrial design as well as the monograph Russel Wright: American Designer and Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History (Monacelli, 2020), a tour of Manhattan from the Battery to the Harlem River.
'Richly illustrated with vivid photographs, vintage illustrations, and maps, this book about strolling and looking, about observing and wondering serves as a winning homage to its famous subject. Architecture and history buffs will be enthralled.' - Publishers Weekly
'[Features the] most stunning architectural gems on New York's Fifth Avenue . . . these buildings make an impression on New Yorkers and tourists alike.' - Architectural Digest
'[A]n homage to Fifth Avenue . . . [features] six richly detailed walking tours that together take us all the way from Greenwich Village in the south to Harlem in the north.' - Interior Design
'This guide provides a perfect adventure for urban explorers with good walking shoes. Lovely maps and loads of photographs guide you through the avenue's most interesting landmarks - from bohemian treasures and early townhouses around Washington Square Park to the jewels of Harlem.' - Bowery Boys