Publisher Abrams Books, 2019
On the streets of Manhattan, you see it around you; the people who move briskly with purpose and the ones who can barely take a step; it is a city of exploding manholes, miles of scaffolding and cracks in the sidewalk but also a place where fresh cement is poured every day, new neighbors are always moving in and posh restaurants appear overnight.
And anyone who walks down Broadway and looks up to see the current World Trade Center towering over New York City is instantly reminded of what once was. On 9/11, we lost a sense of invincibility but not our unrelenting drive to move forward, progress, innovate, to dazzle and be dazzled; that human hunger for more.
This book will put that all on the page through the telling of the 25-year life of Windows On The World, from its inception to its destruction, its architects, busboys, chefs and Joe Baum, a man who had the chutzpah to never look down and to thrive during a nadir of New York City’s worst days. He dreamed up a restaurant that was nothing less than a Versailles in the Sky. The story of Windows On The World is one of nightly near-disasters and soaring so close to the sun.