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John Tauranac

John Tauranac

Adjunct Associate Professor

John Tauranac writes on New York City’s social and architectural history. His books include the three editions of New York From the Air; The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark; and Elegant New York. His articles have appeared widely, including in The New York Times and The New York Observer. He created New York Magazine’s “Undercover Maps” of midtown and lower Manhattan, as well as the famous street atlas, Manhattan Block By Block. He was the creative director of the 1979 MTA subway map. Tauranac was named a Centennial Historian by the Mayor's Office, and he was awarded a Commendation for Design Excellence for the 1979 subway map. NYUSPS presented him with its award for teaching excellence.

Currently Teaching

New York's Great Structures: Buildings, Bridges, Tunnels, and More

Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.

New York City Real Estate: A Social and Architectural History

Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.