A love letter to ‘the city that was’ that exuberantly makes the case for preserving the historic building fabric of New York City.
Jill Gill is the rare painter who can write and the more rare writer who can paint, and she does both with charm and grace, and with an eye for details unseen by mere mortals. Her Lost New York series makes the city found again. John Tauranac
Do not be misled by the jaunty, playful quality of Jill Gill’s watercolors. They are fun to look at, but they tell the profound story of a city evolving, not always for the better. Jill Gill has recorded New York with love and insight, and her book is at once an elegy, a personal tale, and an exquisite historical document. Paul Goldberger
Jill Gill is equal parts artist and author, commentator and collector of the ever-changing city. Since the mid-1950s, in a series of over 100 watercolor-and-ink paintings, she has captured vital but mostly unlandmarkable New York City blocks that would otherwise be lost to memory: the glorious Helen Hayes Theater, Bonwit Teller, the Art Deco Horn & Hardart Automat on 57th Street, and blocks upon blocks of ordinary yet distinctive buildings.
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Her New York, a short film by David Gross: