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“What are the best books aboutNew York?” We looked at 212 of the top New York books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best New York” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 175+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 19 Books About New York



19 .) Bright Lights, Big City written by Jay McInerney

 Bright Lights, Big City

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY

With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.



18 .) Just Kids written by Patti Smith

 Just Kids

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • Goodreads
  • The Muse

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work–from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.



17 .) The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 The Great Gatsby

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • The Culture Trip

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.



16 .) American Psycho written by Bret Easton Ellis

 American Psycho

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • Time out
  • The Culture Trip

Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and he works on Wall Street, he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to head-on collision with America’s greatest dream—and its worst nightmare—American Psycho is bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognise but do not wish to confront.



15 .) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler written by E.L. Konigsburg

 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • fathom Away

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.



14 .) Gotham written by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace

 Gotham

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • AM NY
  • Brick Underground
  • Huffington post

To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes. Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and the home of millions of people, who have come from every corner of the nation and the globe. In Gotham, Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace have produced a monumental work of history, one that ranges from the Indian tribes that settled in and around the island of Manna-hata, to the consolidation of the five boroughs into Greater New York in 1898. It is an epic narrative, a story as vast and as varied as the city it chronicles, and it underscores that the history of New York is the story of our nation. Readers will relive the tumultuous early years of New Amsterdam under the Dutch West India Company, Peter Stuyvesant’s despotic regime, Indian wars, slave resistance and revolt, the Revolutionary War and the defeat of Washington’s army on Brooklyn Heights, the destructive seven years of British occupation, New York as the nation’s first capital, the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the Erie Canal and the coming of the railroads, the growth of the city as a port and financial center, the infamous draft riots of the Civil War, the great flood of immigrants, the rise of mass entertainment such as vaudeville and Coney Island, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the birth of the skyscraper.



13 .) Invisible Man written by Ralph Ellison

 Invisible Man

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Penguin Random House
  • Goodreads
  • Time out

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be. As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying “battle royal” where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison’s nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.



12 .) Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York written by Luc Sante

 Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • AM NY
  • Huffington post
  • Brick Underground

Luc Sante’s Low Life is a portrait of America’s greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent, often murderous story of the city’s slums; the teeming streets–scene of innumerable cons and crimes whose cramped and overcrowded housing is still a prominent feature of the cityscape. Low Life voyages through Manhattan from four different directions. Part One examines the actual topography of Manhattan from 1840 to 1919; Part Two, the era’s opportunities for vice and entertainment–theaters and saloons, opium and cocaine dens, gambling and prostitution; Part Three investigates the forces of law and order which did and didn’t work to contain the illegalities; Part Four counterposes the city’s tides of revolt and idealism against the city as it actually was. Low Life provides an arresting and entertaining view of what New York was actually like in its salad days. But it’s more than simpy a book about New York. It’s one of the most provocative books about urban life ever written–an evocation of the mythology of the quintessential modern metropolis, which has much to say not only about New York’s past but about the present and future of all cities.



11 .) Open City written by Teju Cole

 Open City

Lists It Appears On:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Curbed
  • Brick Underground
  • Time out

Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. But it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey—which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul.



10 .) The New York Trilogy written by Paul Auster

 The New York Trilogy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • The Culture Trip

The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels – from the author of 4 3 2 1: A Novel The New York Review of Books has called Paul Auster’s work “one of the most distinctive niches in contemporary literature.” Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquely stylized triology of detective novels begins with City of Glass, in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission, as well. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition includes an introduction from author and professor Luc Sante, as well as a pulp novel-inspired cover from Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.



9 .) The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York written by Robert A. Caro

 The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • AM NY
  • Huffington post
  • The Culture Trip

One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city’s politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today. In revealing how Moses did it–how he developed his public authorities into a political machine that was virtually a fourth branch of government, one that could bring to their knees Governors and Mayors (from La Guardia to Lindsay) by mobilizing banks, contractors, labor unions, insurance firms, even the press and the Church, into an irresistible economic force–Robert Caro reveals how power works in all the cities of the United States. Moses built an empire and lived like an emperor. He personally conceived and completed public works costing 27 billion dollars–the greatest builder America (and probably the world) has ever known. Without ever having been elected to office, he dominated the men who were–even his most bitter enemy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, could not control him–until he finally encountered, in Nelson Rockefeller, the only man whose power (and ruthlessness in wielding it) equalled his own.



8 .) A Visit from the Goon Squad written by Jennifer Egan

 A Visit from the Goon Squad

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Penguin Random House
  • Signature Reads
  • AM NY
  • The Culture Trip

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa. We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then as a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an art historian stuck in a dead marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and experiences an epiphany of his own while staring at a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life—divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed-up band in the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent.



7 .) Motherless Brooklyn written by Jonathan Lethem

 Motherless Brooklyn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Penguin Random House
  • Curbed
  • Goodreads
  • The Culture Trip

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent’s Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel’s colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim’s widow skips town. Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.



6 .) The Age of Innocence written by Edith Wharton

 The Age of Innocence

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • The Muse
  • fathom Away

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.” This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.



5 .) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn written by Betty Smith

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • Time out
  • fathom Away
  • The Culture Trip

The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.



4 .) Breakfast at Tiffany’s written by Truman Capote

 Breakfast at Tiffany's

Lists It Appears On:

  • Curbed
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • Huffington post
  • Penguin Random House
  • The Culture Trip

It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction. This edition also contains three stories: ‘House of Flowers’, ‘A Diamond Guitar’ and ‘A Christmas Memory’.



3 .) Here is New York written by E.B. White

 Here is New York

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Curbed
  • AM NY
  • Brick Underground
  • fathom Away
  • The Culture Trip

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and The New Yorker calls it “the wittiest essay, and one of the most perceptive, ever done on the city.



2 .) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay written by Michael Chabon

 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • Time out
  • Penguin Random House
  • Curbed
  • fathom Away

Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America – the comic book. Drawing on their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. With exhilarating style and grace, Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility.



1 .) The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger

 The Catcher in the Rye

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Goodreads
  • AM NY
  • Business Insider
  • Time out
  • The Culture Trip

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep. J.D. Salinger’s classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950’s and 60’s it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read.




The 175+ Additional Best New York Books



#BooksAuthorsLists
20A Little LifeHanya Yanagihara
Penguin Random House
Goodreads
21DreamlandKevin BakerGoodreads
The Muse
22Eloise Curbed
AM NY
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseJonathan Safran FoerGoodreads
fathom Away
24Great Jones Street 
Penguin Random House
Signature Reads
25Greater GothamMike WallaceCurbed
Brick Underground
26Harriet the Spy Curbed
AM NY
27JazzToni Morrison
Penguin Random House
Time out
28Let the Great World SpinColum McCannGoodreads
fathom Away
29MoneyMartin Amis
Huffington post
Penguin Random House
30New York: The NovelEdward Rutherford
Huffington post
The Culture Trip
31The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1)Caleb Carr
fathom Away
Goodreads
32The Beautiful and Damned 
Penguin Random House
fathom Away
33The Bell JarSylvia Plath
Huffington post
Goodreads
34The Best of EverythingRona JaffeCurbed
Goodreads
35The Bonfire of the VanitiesTom WolfeGoodreads
fathom Away
36
The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York
 Afar
Curbed
37The Colossus of New York Afar
Curbed
38The Encyclopedia of New York CityKenneth T. JacksonCurbed
Brick Underground
39The Fortress of SolitudeJonathan LethemTime out
fathom Away
40The Island at the Center of the World Curbed
fathom Away
41
The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City
 Curbed
Afar
42The New York Stories of Henry JamesHenry James
Huffington post
The Culture Trip
43Up in the Old HotelJoseph MitchellCurbed
Brick Underground
44& SonsDavid GilbertGoodreads
45A Fall of MarigoldsSusan MeissnerGoodreads
46A History of New York in 101 Objects Curbed
47A Walker in the City Curbed
48American Institute of Architects Guide to New York CityNorval White, Elliot Willensky, and Fran Leadon
Brick Underground
49An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn Curbed
50Another BrooklynJacqueline WoodsonGoodreads
51Another Country Curbed
52Astor Place VintageStephanie LehmannGoodreads
53Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (Auntie Mame #1)Patrick DennisGoodreads
54
Autobiography of Malcolm X,” as told to Alex Haley
 
Huffington post
55Behold the DreamersImbolo MbueGoodreads
56Bonfire of the Vanities AM NY
57Boomer1Daniel TordayGoodreads
58Brain on Fire: My Month of MadnessSusannah CahalanGoodreads
59BrooklynColm TóibínGoodreads
60BurrGore VidalGoodreads
61Call It SleepHenry RothGoodreads
62Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn of the Century New YorkKathy Peiss
Brick Underground
63Cheap NoveltiesBen KatchorFive Books
64Christadora Curbed
65City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Cassandra ClareGoodreads
66City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan (Old New York, #1)Beverly SwerlingGoodreads
67City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex 1790-1920Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Brick Underground
68City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan (Old New York, #2)Beverly SwerlingGoodreads
69City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860Christine Stansell
Brick Underground
70City on Two RiversStephen Longstreet
Brick Underground
71Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1)Rachel CohnGoodreads
72Delirious New York Curbed
73Détour par First AvenueMyrtelle DevilméGoodreads
74DividersTravis Adams IrishGoodreads
75Down These Mean Streets 
Penguin Random House
76Elizabeth StreetLaurie FabianoGoodreads
77Eloise at the Plaza 
fathom Away
78Empire City: New York through the Centuries, editedKenneth T. Jackson and David Dunbar
Brick Underground
79Every Person in New York 
Business Insider
80Fear of FlyingErica JongGoodreads
81Fingerless GlovesNick OrsiniGoodreads
82ForeverPete HamillGoodreads
83Forgotten New York Curbed
84Fortress of SolitudeJonathan LethemThe Muse
85From Abyssinian to ZionDavid W. Dunlap
Brick Underground
86Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Penguin Random House
87Gossip Girl AM NY
88Grace’s Pictures (Ellis Island #1)Cindy ThomsonGoodreads
89Happiness Ltd.Michael McGheeGoodreads
90Humans of New York AM NY
91I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay StreetMatt TaibbiGoodreads
92I’ll Drink to That 
Penguin Random House
93Instant Lives And MoreHoward MossFive Books
94Ivan and Misha: A Novel in StoriesMichael AlenyikovGoodreads
95JezebelKoko BrownGoodreads
96Joe Gould’s Teeth Afar
97
Keats’s Neighborhood: An Ezra Jack Keats Treasury
 Afar
98
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City
 Curbed
99Lillian Boxfish Takes a WalkKathleen RooneyGoodreads
100Lyle, Lyle Crocodile AM NY
101M Train 
Penguin Random House
102Mad Dog HouseMark RubinsteinGoodreads
103Magnetic City Curbed
104Manhattan AffairJack SussekGoodreads
105Manhattan, When I was YoungMary Cantwell
Brick Underground
106Mastodon FarmMike KleineGoodreads
107Midnight CowboyJames Leo HerlihyGoodreads
108My Beloved World 
Penguin Random House
109
My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City
 
Business Insider
110My Name Is Asher LevChaim PotokGoodreads
111My Sister’s KeeperJodi PicoultGoodreads
112Native Speaker 
Penguin Random House
113Near the HopeJennifer Davis CareyGoodreads
114Netherland 
Penguin Random House
115Never Built New York Curbed
116New YorkEdward RutherfurdGoodreads
117New York 2140 Curbed
118New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz AgeAnthony W. Robins
Brick Underground
119New York at its Corethe Museum of the City of New York
Brick Underground
120New York City Transit Authority: Objects Curbed
121New York in a Dozen Dishes 
Business Insider
122New York: A Guide to the MetropolisGerard R. Wolfe
Brick Underground
123Nonstop Metropolis Curbed
124NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette 
Business Insider
125Paradise Alley (City of Fire #2)Kevin BakerGoodreads
126Passing 
Penguin Random House
127Playground of My Mind Curbed
128Poems of New York Afar
129Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the CenturyDavid C. Hammack
Brick Underground
130Queer StreetJames McCourtFive Books
131RagtimeE.L. DoctorowGoodreads
132Rosemary’s Baby (Rosemary’s Baby, #1)Ira LevinGoodreads
133Rules of CivilityAmor TowlesGoodreads
134Sex and the CityCandace BushnellGoodreads
135She Walks in BeautySiri MitchellGoodreads
136Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, #2)Sophie KinsellaGoodreads
137Sister CarrieTheodore DreiserGoodreads
138So Little Time Curbed
139Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to YouPeter CameronGoodreads
140Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)Emily GiffinGoodreads
141Sophie’s ChoiceWilliam StyronGoodreads
142SpeedboatRenata AdlerTime out
143Split ThirtyMichael DavidowGoodreads
144
Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York
 Curbed
145
Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution
 Curbed
146Stuart Little Curbed
147Ten Thousand Saints 
Signature Reads
148The AIA Guide to New York City Curbed
149The Battle for New YorkBarnet Schechter
Brick Underground
150The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar WaoJunot DíazGoodreads
151The Brooklyn FolliesPaul AusterGoodreads
152The ChaperoneLaura MoriartyGoodreads
153The ChosenChaim PotokGoodreads
154The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes 
fathom Away
155The Cricket in Times SquareGeorge SeldenGoodreads
156The Death and Life of Great American Cities Curbed
157The Diaries of Dawn Powell: 1931-1965Dawn PowellFive Books
158The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)Libba BrayGoodreads
159The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)Stephen KingGoodreads
160The Film Lover’s New York 
Business Insider
161The FountainheadAyn Rand
Huffington post
162The GodfatherMario PuzoGoodreads
163The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde, #1)Lyndsay FayeGoodreads
164The GoldfinchDonna TarttGoodreads
165The Golem and the Jinni 
fathom Away
166The Good LifeJay McInerneyGoodreads
167
The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook
 Curbed
168The Great Bridge Curbed
169The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011Hilary Ballon
Brick Underground
170The Group Curbed
171The Historical Atlas of New York CityEric Homberger
Brick Underground
172The Hot Rock (Dortmunder, #1)Donald E. WestlakeGoodreads
173The House of MirthEdith WhartonGoodreads
174The Long-Winded Lady Curbed
175The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love 
Signature Reads
176The Museum of Extraordinary ThingsAlice HoffmanGoodreads
177The Nanny Diaries (Nanny, #1)Emma McLaughlinGoodreads
178The New York ChronologyJames Trager
Brick Underground
179The NextStephanie GangiGoodreads
180The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Curbed
181The Only Harmless Great ThingBrooke BolanderGoodreads
182The Other Islands of New York City Curbed
183The Pink SuitNicole Mary KelbyGoodreads
184The Portable Dorothy ParkerDorothy ParkerFive Books
185The Portable Jack KerouacJack KerouacGoodreads
186The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City 1908-1929Andrew Dolkart
Brick Underground
187The Smitten Kitchen CookbookDeb PerelmanGoodreads
188The Swans of Fifth AvenueMelanie BenjaminGoodreads
189The Thin ManDashiell HammettGoodreads
190The Tummy TrilogyCalvin TrillinThe Muse
191The Virgin CureAmi McKayGoodreads
192The WaterworksE.L. Doctrow
Brick Underground
193The Whiskey RebelsDavid LissGoodreads
194The Wife Between UsGreer HendricksGoodreads
195The Woman in the WindowA.J. FinnGoodreads
196The Works Curbed
197This Side of ParadiseF. Scott FitzgeraldGoodreads
198Thoughts without Cigarettes 
Penguin Random House
199Three Novels of New York 
Penguin Random House
200Time and Again (Time, #1)Jack FinneyGoodreads
201To Rise Again at a Decent HourJoshua FerrisGoodreads
202Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes, #2)J.M. DarhowerGoodreads
203UnderworldDon DeLilloTime out
204
Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost its Soul
 Curbed
205Verde Cafe on Smith Time out
206Veronica 
Penguin Random House
207Washington Square 
Penguin Random House
208When You Reach Me Curbed
209While You’re There: Afar
210White Tears 
Signature Reads
211Winter’s TaleMark HelprinGoodreads
212You (You, #1)Caroline KepnesGoodreads


14 Best New York City Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Afar 7 Great Books About New York City
AM NY NYC books: Books every New Yorker should read
Brick Underground The 25 best books about New York City history
Business Insider The 6 best books to pick up if you just moved to New York City
Curbed Best books about New York: 50 essential NYC books
fathom Away The Best Books About New York, Hands Down
Five Books The Best Books on New York Writers
Goodreads Best Books Set in New York City
Huffington post 20 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With New York City All Over
Penguin Random House 31 Must-Read New York City Books
Signature Reads City Beats: 5 of the Best Books On Music and New York City
The Culture Trip 12 Books To Read Before Visiting NYC
The Muse On My Nightstand: The Best Books About New York
Time out The best books about New York