Christopher Gray

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Christopher Gray is an American journalist and architectural historian[1] noted for his weekly New York Times column "Streetscapes", about the history of New York architecture, real estate and public improvements.[2][3]


Gray has been writing for the Streetscapes column since 1987.[4] His work focuses on architecture, history, and preservation policies of New York City.[5]

Gray has also written extensively about architecture for the magazines Avenue and House and Garden, and is the founder of the Office for Metropolitan History, an organization that provides research on the history of New York buildings.[3] He wrote a column from 1982-1985 on American Streets for House & Garden called "All the Best Places".

Awards and honors[edit]

Gray has won awards for his research and writing from the following:


  • New York, Empire City (with David Stravitz; Harry N. Abrams, 2004) ISBN 0-8109-5011-1
  • New York Streetscapes (Harry N. Abrams, 2003 - Research by Suzanne Braley) ISBN 0-8109-4441-3
  • The Chrysler Building: Creating a New York Icon Day by Day (with David Stravitz; Princeton Architectural Press, 2002 - Research by Suzanne Braley) ISBN 1-56898-354-9
  • Sutton Place, Uncommon Community by the River (Sutton Area Community, 1997) ISBN 0-9652934-0-8
  • Fifth Avenue, from Start to Finish, 1911, in Historic Block-by-Block Photographs (Dover, 1994 - Research by Suzanne Braley) ISBN 0-486-28146-9
  • Changing New York (Dover Publications, 1992 - Research by Raymond Fike) ISBN 0-486-26936-1
  • Blueprints (with John Boswell; Simon & Schuster, 1981) ISBN 0-671-41973-0


  1. ^ F.Y.I - Hell's Kitchen in the Raw, by Daniel B. Schneider, New York Times, August 27, 2000, Accessed March 4, 2010
  2. ^ Christopher Gray, New York Times, Accessed March 4, 2010
  3. ^ a b Office for Metropolitan History, Accessed March 4, 2010.
  4. ^ Gray, Christopher. "Christopher Gray - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Office for Metropolitan History". Metro History. Retrieved 16 July 2013.