Fodor's New York City 2001


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"Fodor's guides cover culture authoritatively and rarely miss a sight or museum." - National Geographic Traveler

"The king of guidebooks." - Newsweek

No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go.

New for 2001! Your personal supply of Post-it® flags makes it easy to mark your favorite listings and keep track of frequently used pages.

Color planning sections help you decide where to go with citywide virtual tours and cross-referencing to the main text.

Full-size, foldout map keeps you on course.

Insider info that's totally up to date. Every year our local experts give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do — from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun.

Hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges — from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special.

Smart Travel Tips A to Z section helps you take care of the nitty gritty with essential local contacts and great advice—from how to take your mountain bike with you to what to do in an emergency.

We've compiled a helpful list of guidebooks that complement Fodor's New York City 2001. To learn more about them, just enter the title in the keyword search box.

  • Fodor's Citypack New York: A full-color pocket-size guidebook and a full-size colormap, all in one sturdy plastic sleeve.
  • Fodor's upCLOSE New York City; Designed for travelers who want to travel well and spend less.
  • Fodor's Exploring New York City: An information-rich cultural guide in full color.
  • Fodor's To Go: 48 Hours in New York: A magnetic microbook conatining two smart itineraries to lead you to experience the best of New York in 48 hours.

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Get the most out of your trip by packing Fodor's Gold Guides, a series of comprehensive, well-organized guides that cover a traveler's every need. Each Gold Guide includes a full-size map, suggested itineraries for short or extended stays, exciting walking tours, and hundreds of choices for hotels, restaurants, shops, and activities. The expert tips found in the extensive planning section in the front of each guide are second to none and cover everything from choosing the right time to visit your destination to booking your flight and packing. Fodor's Gold Guides series focuses on major destinations all over the world and features especially well-written guides on the Caribbean and Europe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679005490
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2000
  • Series: Fodor's Travel Guides Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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It's been called the "greatest city in the world" so many times --- usually by its own politicians, its own media figures, its own men and women in the street --- that the claim may seem empty. But that slogan takes on new life when inverted: New York is civilization's greatest world within a city. It feels as though everything is here. It's not, of course, but that's a trifling observation. What truly matters is the overpowering impression that New York gives of being both a mirror and a magnet for all of humanity and all that humanity does. Come and see for yourself: New York is the world's beating heart.

New York on the Move

Even if some Hollywood renditions of New York cross the line into cliche, there's a lot of truth to the image of the city as elbow-to-elbow and high-voltage, seething with the nervous energy of so many people crowded into so little space. New York is a city of foot traffic, and walking -- say, along 5th Avenue -- is often the smartest way to get around, despite the crowds on the sidewalks. Except when stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Times Square or elsewhere, New Yorkers keep up a relentlessly brisk pace. Could anyone but a Zen master remain mellow at F.A.O. Schwarz, particularly during the Christmas shopping season, or meander languidly through Penn Station, Grand Central, or the subways at rush hour? On a turbulent trading day, the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is the scene of bellowing and flailing that suggest an aerobics class in hell. Thank goodness for green spaces like Central Park, Riverside Park, and Brooklyn's Prospect Park, where cars are sometimes banned, and a guy and his dog canown the road if they move fast enough.


New York's museums span interests from modern armaments -- at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, aboard a giant aircraft carrier -- to photography, film, and 20th-century painting and design at the Museum of Modern Art. If the city housed no other museum than the colossal Metropolitan Museum of Art, you would sense nothing amiss. You could spend whole years happily roaming its labyrinthine corridors and still not see it all. Some museums also distinguish themselves as works of architecture. Marcel Breuer designed the stark, square Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is Manhattan's only building by Frank Lloyd Wright. At the borough's northern tip the Cloisters was cleverly assembled from chunks of European monasteries to look like a monastery itself, a perfect showcase for one of the world's best collections of medieval art. Go on a weekday -- preferably a rainy one -- and you'll have the tranquil garden walkways a bit more to yourself. Equally unusual is the Frick Collection, in Henry Clay Frick's limestone 5th Avenue mansion. After the Frick there's the Museum of Television and Radio (a treasure), the American Museum of Natural History (an adventure), the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and many more. As a New Yorker might say, "You want museums? We got museums."

The City That Never Sleeps

If night is your element, New York is your playground -- and not just on Halloween, when the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade clogs 6th Avenue with some of the campiest, most outrageous street theater on any planet. This event will remind you, in case you'd forgotten, of New York artists' amazing creativity, their talent, and their passion for doing what it takes to make each performance the best. As examples, just watch the Rockettes high-kick at Radio City Music Hall or study the ballerinas fouetteing through performances at City Center, the Joyce Theater, or Lincoln Center's American Ballet Theatre or the New York City Ballet; the latter is famed for its phenomenal yuletide Nutcracker. Afterward, all over the Theater District and around Lincoln Center, restaurants are a clatter with late-night diners and bars are shoulder-to-shoulder and hip-to-hip. You might discuss the marvels you've just seen over expensive martinis and the suavest live piano music at a swank spot like the Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar. Or go catch a rising star or two at a comedy club. Hit the dance clubs, a rock dive, a cabaret, or a doormanned lounge. Or take in some R&B or salsa. If New York nights have a sound track, though, it's jazz. Settle into a seat at any Manhattan jazz club and you will hear it -- the Village Vanguard is only one of the greats. When you start doing the town after dark in New York, you won't want the night to end.

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Table of Contents

Color Section
Destination New York City
Great Itineraries
Fodor's Choice
Exploring Manhattan
Wall Street and the Battery
The Seaport and the Courts
CLOSE-UP A New Breeze is Blowing, Down by the Riverside
Little Italy and Chinatown
SoHo and TriBeCa
Greenwich Village
The East Village and the Lower East Side
Murray Hill, Flatiron District, and Gramercy
42nd Street
CLOSE-UP Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Subway
Rockefeller Center and Midtown Skyscrapers
5th Avenue and 57th Street
The Upper East Side
Museum Mile
Central Park
The Upper West Side
Morningside Heights
Exploring the Outer Boroughs
The Bronx
Staten Island
The Arts
Film and Television
Performing Arts
Readings and Lectures
Visual Arts
Manhattan Restaurants
CLOSE-UP Special Experiences
Outer Borough Restaurants
CLOSE-UP Kid-Friendly Hotels
CLOSE-UP Coming Attractions
Clubs and Entertainment
CLOSE-UP Dance with Me
Outdoor Activities and Sports
Parks and Playgrounds
Participant Sports
Spectator Sports
CLOSE-UP The Food Lovers' Nonpareil Manhattan Blitz Tour
CLOSE-UP Cheap Thrills
Background and Essentials
Books and Videos
Smart Travel Tips A to Z
About Our Writers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2001

    Don't Leave Home Without It

    I always depend on this guide for the most up-to-date information about the sights to see and restaurants to visit in New York. I usually sign this out of my public library, but have decided it's time to buy one of my own. I lead school field trips to NYC several times a year and always find great, new information I can use.

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