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TitleThe most spectacular restaurant in the world : the twin towers, windows on the world, and the rebirth of new york / Tom Roston.
AuthorRoston, Tom, author.
Call No973.931 ROS
CollectionAdult 900-999
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International Standard Book Number 9781683356936 (ebook)
International Standard Book Number 9781419747687 (paperback)
Personal Name Roston, Tom, author.
Title Statement The most spectacular restaurant in the world : the twin towers, windows on the world, and the rebirth of new york / Tom Roston.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : Abrams Press, 2020.
Physical Description 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-333) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Chapter 1 Sin and Civility p. 15 -- Chapter 2 New York, C'est Moi p. 24 -- Chapter 3 Three-Clawed Lobster p. 30 -- Chapter 4 Elevating the Act of Eating p. 37 -- Chapter 5 New York Audacity p. 47 -- Chapter 6 Blueprints in the Sky p. 56 -- Chapter 7 Chaos and Control p. 64 -- Chapter 8 Running on Fumes p. 77 -- Chapter 9 City on a Wire p. 81 -- Chapter 10 Who the Fuck Are You? p. 92 -- Chapter 11 Seventies Splendor p. 98 -- Chapter 12 Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World p. 102 -- Chapter 13 Success with Reservations p. 110 -- Chapter 14 Meanest Man in New York p. 116 -- Chapter 15 Windows of Opportunity p. 126 -- Chapter 16 One Star p. 136 -- Chapter 17 To the Top, to the Bottom p. 140 -- Chapter 18 An Italian Wedding p. 154 -- Chapter 19 Glass Half Full p. 164 -- Chapter 20 Growing Up in the Eighties p. 172 -- Chapter 21 Chopping Block p. 184 -- Chapter 22 Looking for a Star p. 193 -- Chapter 23 February 26, 1993 p. 201 -- Chapter 24 Danger and Opportunity p. 213 -- Chapter 25 King Lear's Kitchen p. 223 -- Chapter 26 Rebirth p. 236 -- Chapter 27 Rebirth Reboot p. 248 -- Chapter 28 Show Goes On p. 256 -- Chapter 29 Highest-Grossing Restaurant in the World p. 268 -- Chapter 30 Last Meal p. 278 -- Chapter 31 Morning of September 11 p. 286 -- Chapter 32 That Terrible Day p. 292 -- Chapter 33 After p. 303 -- Chapter 34 Enduring Change p. 310.
Summary, Etc. The remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world-built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy-and an era in New York City it helped to frame In the 1970s, New York City was plagued by crime, filth, and an ineffective government. The city was falling apart, and even the newly constructed World Trade Center threatened to be a fiasco. But in April 1976, a quarter-mile up on the 107th floor of the North Tower, a new restaurant called Windows on the World opened its doors-a glittering sign that New York wasn't done just yet. In The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World, journalist Tom Roston tells the complete history of this incredible restaurant, from its stunning $14-million opening to 9/11 and its tragic end. There are stories of the people behind it, such as Joe Baum, the celebrated restaurateur, who was said to be the only man who could outspend an unlimited budget; the well-tipped waiters; and the cavalcade of famous guests, as well as everyday people celebrating the key moments in their lives. Roston also charts the changes in American food, from baroque and theatrical to locally sourced and organic. Built on nearly 150 original interviews, The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World is the story of New York City's restaurant culture and the quintessential American drive to succeed.
Subject Windows on the World (New York, N.Y.) History.
Subject World Trade Center (New York, N.Y. : 1970-2001) History.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Restaurants New York (State) New York History.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
Subject Added Entry - Geographical Term New York (N. Y.).
Location 973.931 ROS 31662001673235

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