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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    A big help!

    Recently I made my first trip to NYC and wanted to know a bit about the city before I went. I've bought "Dummies" travel books in the past and had good success with them, but this one was extremely helpful. It gives a good overview of the city and has excellent maps. We stayed in Midtown and the area map was very helpful in knowing what attractions and restaurants were close to our hotel. We tried some of the restaurants that were recommended and were not disappointed. It was also helpful to know the price range of each restaurant because food in NYC is very expensive. We took the book's advice and went to Top of the Rock for a view of the city instead of waiting in line at The Empire State Building. We bought our tickets and went immediately to the observation deck for gorgeous views. There's a great view of St. Patrick's Cathedral and also of Central Park. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Great intro for the first-time visitor to Manhattan

    We used "NYC for Dummies" both for pre-trip planning and as a reference while there. It is well organized, with very good maps for non-auto travelers (subway, bus, foot). It could be improved by small additions -- for example, a warning that the lines at Empire State Bldg are impossible, with or without pre-purchased tickets, also the walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (with stop at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) is crowded on a nice day and about twice the time given unless you use the easily missed stairway at the Brooklyn end. For the traveler with a backpack or small suitcase, the subway is a low-cost and fast (during peak) access from LaGuardia. All in all, a great intro for the self-starting first-time visiter to Manhattan.

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