I LEGO N.Y., Board book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"I LEGO N.Y." is a book of LEGO depictions of New York City created by designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann.

One day, Niemann wrote the following on Abstract City, his "New York Times" blog: 'During the cold and dark Berlin winter days, I spend alot of time with my boys in their room. And as I look at the toys scattered on the floor, my mind inevitably wanders back to New York'.

What followed in the post were photographs of a series of miniature vignettes of New York constructed out of his sons' LEGO sets with Niemann's handwritten captions.

The creations are clever and minimalist, capturing both the iconic (Empire State Building) and the everyday (plastic bag caught in a tree branch) using fewer LEGO pieces than one might think possible.

This book includes the best of the original images, plus thirteen new images, created exclusively for this book.

The resulting collection is a delightful in its simplicity and moving in its ability to capture the spirit of life in New York in so few strokes.


  • Format: Board book
  • Pages: 32 pages, 30 full-colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humour
  • ISBN: 9780810984905



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A great gift for anyone who loves Legos AND New York City!I was at the Book Expo last week in the greatest city in the world, hanging out with some of the coolest people in the world at Abrams Books (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and I literally stopped mid sentence when I saw this book over someone's shoulder. I had to have it!We love Legos in our house...unless you step on one barefoot when you're tucking your little ones in at night. Regardless, this book is great for kids of all ages.Christoph Niemann takes iconic images of the Big Apple and interprets them in the language of Lego bricks. I especially love the subway series pic - Go YANKS!So far, my boys have taken this book and replicated every page - many of which they don't fully understand, like the Marilyn Monroe or the Beer Keg, which are slightly inappropriate for them, but too far over their heads for me to worry about. I don't get my feathers ruffled over Legos! Still, this is a great book for Lego lovers and New Yorkers alike. So much fun!

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A picture book that's not for kids: I don't think you need to have lived in NYC to get the humor, but certainly it would help. I laughed out load. I highly recommend

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