Christoph Niemann [Legos] NY

New York City has inspired countless works of art, from films and novels to Boogie Woogie abstraction and at least one moon-crossed Christopher Cross ballad. It drove illustrator Christoph Niemann to get on the floor of his Berlin home and play with Legos. The result was a memorable post on his New York Times blog that has been expanded into book form. I LEGO N.Y., out this month from Abrams Image, takes readers of all ages on an annotated tour of the five boroughs. The chunky board book’s 29 vignettes feature Niemann’s parsimonious Lego approximations of New York landmarks such as the Flatiron Building (seen from above), the Statue of Liberty, and Donald Trump‘s hair. Along with Big Apple staples like a Nathan’s hot dog and a Taxi Driver encounter (“You talkin’ to me?”) are mundane aspects of city life—a plastic bag snagged on a tree branch, stepping into bubble gum—that somehow take on new poignancy when rendered in plastic bricks.