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City Secrets New York City
by Robert Kahn
Little Bookroom, 2002. 582pp

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"In the rapidly changing face of New York City fast becoming another strip mall full of chain shops and uniformity, it is refreshing to note that yes, real New York still exists--those unappreciated, and undervalued landmarks, shops, and restaurants that truly define NYC. Famous luminaries living in the city--architects, artists, curators, and gourmets--guide you to those hidden gems through witty, and informative stories on the cultural, and historical significance of each place. Entries are organized by neighborhood, and comes complete with addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and directions. City Secrets is a must for saavy travelers, and residents alike--there are many things here I never knew about." --rkchin

Off the Beaten (Subway) Track: New York City's Best Unusual Attractions
by Suzanne Reisman
Cumberland House, 2008, 224pp.

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Focuses on the hundreds of off-the-beaten-path destinations in the city. Some are small museums, others are historic places long forgotten, some are stores that sell only odd things, and some are distinguished for their claim to fame as the world's largest/smallest whatever. All of them are notable for the passion with which their proprietors and curators care for them, and all can be visited via the subway system as the author directs readers to which of the city's 486 subway stations will get them closest. --publishing info

A Guide to Gangsters, Murderers and Weirdos of New York City's Lower East Side
by Eric Ferrara
The History Press, 2009, 192pp.

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"A block by block guide to the criminal and colorful history of the Lower East Side of New York City. ... Beyond the legends are the stories of everyday people who tried hard to live in the very narrow space allowed for decency and honor. The Lower East Side was a breeding ground of violence and despair ... This book was not written to exploit violence nor to immortalize the criminal. This book was written as an objective account of life in the slums, and to acknowledge the victims who would otherwise be lost in history. It is stories like these that make up the bigger picture of the "melting pot."" --publishing info

100 New Yorkers : A Guide to Illustrious Lives and Locations
by Julia Holmes
The Little Bookroom, 2004, 250pp.

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"This innovative guide brings together a dazzling miscellany of New Yorkers - writers, artists, athletes, actors, politicians, and famed visitors - and explores the places where their presence continues to resonate. A biographical sketch of each of the one hundred celebrities is followed by descriptions of their homes and haunts. Visit the fountain at the Plaza Hotel in which Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald made a splash; the theaters where Dorothy Parker wrote her barbed reviews; Stanford White's infamous apartment with the red velvet swing; the Art Deco lounge where Billie Holiday sang the blues; and Frank Sinatra's favorite bar in Little Italy. Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Diana Vreeland, Diego Rivera, Dawn Powell, Walt Whitman, Tallulah Bankhead, Truman Capote, Weegee, Babe Ruth, and Jackson Pollock are only a few of the luminaries that light up these pages. Indexed by neighborhood, era, and profession, this book includes easy-to-use maps and 100 black-and-white photographs." --publishing info

Asia in New York City : A Cultural Travel Guide
by The Asia Society
Avalon Travel Publishing, 2000. 280pp.

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"This travel guide gives you the inside scoop, the 4-1-1, the DL on all the little Chinatowns in New York City from Flushing, to Jackson Heights, to Koreatown, to Little India. Published by the Asia Society, this book is entertaining, and packed with information, with photographs, maps, and history. You are made to feel a part of the community, instead of just a tourist passing through." --rk chin



Maps and information from the book is available at http://www.asiainnyc.org

Secret New York: The Unique Guidebook to New York's Hidden Sites, Sounds & Tastes
by Robert Sietsema, Linda Rutenberg (photo)
1999 edition, 220pp.

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"Ideal for both first-time tourists and long-time residents, Secret New York lures the intrepid explorer through New York's hidden doorways, into its mysteries and charms. Whether you're into body-piercing or bakeries, martinis or markets, Secret New York will help you unearth the little-known treasures of the Big Apple. A guidebook to lead you astray. Sietsema is the restaurant critic for the Village Voice." --publishing info

Eyewitness Travel Guide : New York City
by Dorling Kindersley Publishers, 2005 edition.

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"DK's guide is a comprehensive, full-color pictorial showing you the sights of the city while providing you with a wealth of helpful information in the form of maps, graphics, and more photos than you can shake a stick at. The book covers neighborhoods, churches, museums, NYC history, famous buildings, restaurants, and more all written in a friendly tone of voice. For those pressed with time, you may find the top ten lists, and suggested walks extremely useful." --rkchin

New York's 100 Best Little Hotels
by Allen Sperry
Universe Publishing, 3rd ed. 2003. 160pp.

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"The most distinctive and charming places to sleep--in the city that never does! Completely revised and updated for this all-new third edition, with forty additional hotels, this invaluable, charmingly illustrated resource uncovers the top 100 hidden gems of Gotham lodging, from quaint garret rooms to lux, glamorous suites. Like staying off the beaten path? Try a loft in SoHo. Looking for something a little homier? How about a two-room bed-and-breakfast in the West Village." --book description

Sleep Cheap in New York : High-Quality Lodgings at Rock-Bottom Rates
by Lisa Mullenneaux
Penington Press, 2002. 312pp.

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"Looking for an inexpensive place to stay the night in NYC? Well, welcome to NYC, where paying through the nose is the norm. But wait, there ARE cheap beds in this city, in big hotels, small hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, dorms, hostels, Y's and more, and this guide tells you how to get one. Each lodging is rated for its value, cleaniness, guest services, and security. Tips on getting the lowest rates, and other essentials are offered." --rk chin

Brooklyn! : The Ultimate Guide to New York's Most Happening Borough
by Ellen Freudenheim, Anna Wiener
St. Martin's Griffin, 3rd ed. 2004. 528pp.

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"With nearly 2.5 million residents, kaleidoscope of cultures, and gutsy attitude, Brooklyn has become a place for families, hipsters, artists, and entrepreneurs---plus emigres from abroad, the Midwest, and even Manhattan. In this, the most comprehensive guide to Brooklyn---with more than 1,500 listings---a mother-daughter research team delivers the goods on how to explore New York's most authentic borough. Perfect for the native, the tourist, or the newcomer, this updated and expanded edition of Brooklyn! includes: Exploration: rundowns of what to see and do; Food; Nightlife; Culture; Shopping; Getaways: A never-before-published list of Brooklyn B&Bs and other accommodations; Family Ideas." --info from publisher

Michelin 2006 Red Guide New York City
Michelin Travel Publications, Nov 15, 2005.

rating 500 nyc restaurants, and 50 manhattan hotels.





Frommer's New York City 2004
by Brian Silverman

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The best stuff at any price range.





Fodor's New York City 2005

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For the connoisseur at any price range.





Lonely Planet New York City
4th edition, nov 2004

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The Rough Guide to New York City
9th edition, nov 2004

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Blue Guide : New York with Map

W.W. Norton & Company

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Michelin Must Sees New York

Michelin Travel Publications, 2004. 128 pp.

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Art/Shop/Eat New York
by Carol Von Pressentin Wright
W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. 224pp.

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"Art on the brain? Plan your visits to the world's great cities with Art/Shop/Eat. The best museum and gallery districts mapped out for the busy travelerŚwith tips on the hottest dining and most fashionable shopping for the perfect day in town..." --info from publisher



Savvy in the City : New York City
by Sheridan Becker, and Jayne Young

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"A girl's guide to the city exploring the best, the least expensive, and most exciting things NYC has to offer. It's not just an ordinary tourist guide, it's also useful for new residents." --rkchin


Avant Guide New York City

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"Forget the official tourist sights and sounds, Avant Guide is geared for those who want to jump right in and experience NYC as how many New Yorkers experience it. Although this guide seems perfect for Gen X, hipsters, and wanna-be models, anybody can benefit from the useful lists of stylish hotels, upscale boutiques, trendy bars, and hot nightclubs." --rkchin


Not for Tourists Guide to New York City

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"Geared for both residents, and tourists alike, this essential guide covers all of Manhattan in 25 handy maps each pinpointing all the parking garages, video rental stores, movie theaters, restaurants, bars, coffee houses, liquor stores, hardware stores, shopping, post offices, and all other essentials necessary to survive living in NYC." --rkchin

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Frommer's New York City for Free & Dirt Cheap by Ethan Wolff
Frommers, 2004. 320pp.

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"Whether you're in the city for a few days or live here year-round, this outspoken guide will help you channel your inner cheapskate. Includes info on Free music, free speech, free food, free films, and free classes" --book description

The Cheap Bastard's Guide to New York City : A Native New Yorker's Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Free by Rob Grader

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"D'oh! This is a great guide for finding entertainment on the cheap. Most of these tips are well-known, while some are not. Personally, I found some of the suggested itineraries not very interesting, but hey, maybe someone else may find them useful. This book does not discuss how you can get the really good stuff like free movie tickets, or free tickets to Carnegie Hall, etc. I guess I have to write my own book :^D" --rkchin



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