Some people feel that they can only truly understand the essence of a city if they walk its streets themselves. This may be true, but you can also get a fantastic insight from books that feature design, history, the food and the people that belong to a particular city. Here is a selection of books that bring on wanderlust for New York (sigh).
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
New York Sleeps by Christopher Thomas
Gastropolis: Food & New York City by Annie Hauck-Lawson & Jonathon Deutsch
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
New York In Style: A Guide to the City’s Fashion, Design and Style by Janelle McCulloch