Office for Metropolitan History
Specialists in the Architectural History of New York City


Christopher Gray wrote extensively on the architecture, history, and preservation policies of New York City. His award-winning columns - from 1987 to 2014 the weekly "Streetscapes" in The New York Times and from 1980 to 1992 the monthly "Neighborhood" in Avenue magazine - form the most comprehensive look at New York City buildings yet published. He also wrote "All the Best Places," a column on American Streets, for House & Garden from 1982 to 1985.
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Christopher Gray's Books Include:

New York, Empire City (with David Stravitz; Harry N. Abrams, 2004)
Streetscapes (Harry N. Abrams, 2003 - Research by Suzanne Braley)
The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day
(with David Stravitz; Princeton Architectural Press, 2002 - Research by Suzanne Braley)
Sutton Place, Uncommon Community by the River (Sutton Area Community, 1997)
Fifth Avenue, from Start to Finish, 1911, in Historic Block-by-Block Photographs
(Dover, 1994 - Research by Suzanne Braley)
Changing New York (Dover Publications, 1992 - Research by Raymond Fike)
Blueprints (with John Boswell; Simon & Schuster, 1981)

His writing and research have earned awards from Classical America, the American Institute of Architects, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Preservation League of New York State, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the New York Society Library.

Contact Information:

Sam Hightower, Director

Office for Metropolitan History
Broadway Studio Building
246 West 80th Street, #8
New York, NY 10024

voice: 212-799-0520

Note: If we do not pick up during business hours, we are out locating drawings and will get back to you within 24 hours without fail.