Andy, Andy everywhere. Twenty-three years after his death, few figures hover over New York City—its art, its street life, its commerce, its creativity, its nightlife, its myths, and its idea of itself—like Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol’s New York City provides a panoramic view of the artist’s life there from the fifties through the eighties. Eighty sites associated with the artist careen delightfully from coffee shops to museums, from disco clubs to churches, with dozens of glamorous and gritty places in between. Fashionistas will love reading about the rare pretzel-print dress Warhol designed (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and seeing him looking like a character out of Mad Men as he’s photographed on the steps of the Met; cineastes will be riveted to the behind-the-scenes stories of his films; art lovers will appreciate the comprehensive listing of his many shows; and New York City history buffs will savor glimpses of the city’s icons—vanished (Schrafft’s), current (Serendipity 3), and never-realized (the Andy-Mat). There are sidebars on Warhol’s residences, favorite restaurants, and factories. Brief biographies of figures in the book familiarize the reader with the revolving cast of glittering characters that enter and leave the stage as Warhol’s story unfolds.
Nine original drawings in the book were made specially for Andy Warhol’s New York City by the artist Vito Giallo, a former studio assistant of Warhol’s who executed hundreds of Warhol’s ink blot drawings, and who later owned the antique store where Warhol bought thousands of items that were posthumously auctioned at Sotheby’s.
“This and other Warhol trivia is gathered into four walking tours in Andy Warhol’s New York City: Four Walks, Uptown to Downtown, a slim but informative guidebook that maps the artist’s life — shows and triumphs, antics and fallings-out — against the backdrop of Manhattan.[Author] Kiedrowski, a true Warholphile, commissioned elegant drawings from Vito Giallo, an artist who served as Warhol’s first paid assistant. Though some of the notable buildings no longer exist — they are marked ‘RAZED’ in the book — it seems Warhol would not have minded much. ‘I like old things torn down and new things put up every minute.” – T, The New York Times’s Style Magazine blog
“Thomas Kiedrowski, who leads tours to Warhol sites in New York, has written an excellent new guidebook to the pale one’s haunts, Andy Warhol’s New York City: Four Walks Uptown to Downtown….Kiedrowski has divided his survey of 80 Warhol sites into four walks: the Upper East Side above E. 70th St., the Upper East Side between E. 57th and E. 68th St., Midtown, and Downtown (including Greenwich Village)….A guidebook is not a biography, but this sturdy paperback is rich with details about Warhol, some surprising.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Andy Warhol’s New York City is “one of ten reasons to love New York this summer.” — Vogue.com