New York City is the epicenter of interior-design innovations. Its denizens embrace myriad styles—from pure period historicism to bracing modernity. Design authority Wendy Moonan investigates what she has deemed as the best residential spaces and invites you into each room with her to see why. In her elegant tome NEW YORK SPLENDOR: THE CITY’S MOST MEMORABLE ROOMS she ushers readers on a tour of some the city’s finest private rooms, past and present.

These New York residential interiors have all been selected for their "wow" factor—rooms that elicit gasps of pleasure and surprise when first seen. Most of them have been created by the top talents of the day. Some are very grand, others sparingly modern or eclectic, but all are exceptional and unforgettable.

Wendy Moonan has been writing about architecture, design, and antiques for thirty years for outlets including the New York Times, Town & Country, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, and She studied at Wellesley and the Sorbonne, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. Nonetheless, she says she learned more by sitting in the living rooms of connoisseurs, artists, and patrons than anywhere else. Robert A.M. Stern is the founding partner of New York–based Robert A.M. Stern Architects and the former dean of the Yale School of Architecture.