Tuesday, March 12, 2013

'Good Night New York City'

When Elliot was a baby in San Francisco, we used to read him "Good Night San Francisco," a takeoff on "Goodnight Moon" that describes a perfect day in the City by the Bay.

Since moving to to New York, we've been given the Big Apple version, "Good Night New York City."

Adam Gamble, who created the book series, was apparently inspired by "Good Night, Gorilla," in addition to "Goodnight Moon." (Both those books are popular in our household — sadly, the enthusiasm doesn't spill over into actually wanting to go to sleep.)

The covers of the "Good Night" books depict cities with varying degrees of realism. The view of San Francisco above is clearly impossible. The children would have to be floating above Alamo Square, and even then,  the Golden Gate Bridge wouldn't be in the background. (Though it's still more realistic than the view from Brooke Shields' office in "Suddenly Susan.")

The real thing.

With "Good Night, New York," I wondered at first if the kids might be in an apartment on Roosevelt Island. But to get a dead-on view of the Empire State Building, you'd have to be farther south. Perhaps it's a high-rise in Long Island City?

Manhattan, as seen from Queens.

Unfortunately, the Chrysler Building is on the wrong side of the Empire State Building. It seems more likely the children are, egad, viewing the city from New Jersey.

The view from Weehawken.

In which case, do they even have the authority to wish New York goodnight?