John Tauranac is the author of Elegant New York and Essential New York and a freelance writer. A graduate of Columbia and New York Universities, Tauranac teaches at NYU's School of Continuing Education. He lectures widely and has been a guest curator at the Museum of the City of New York. Wearing another hat, Tauranac designed the award-winning subway map in 1979 that is still in use by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and he still designs maps. He lives with his wife, Jane Bevans, and their daughter, Maggie, on Manhattan's Upper West Side and in WestCornwall, Connecticut.