Frommer's Memorable Walks in New Yorkby Reid Bramblett
Walking is the best way to get to know a city intimately, exploring its neighborhoods and taking time to savor its details and hidden treasures, so follow Frommer's for an up-close-and-personal look at New York City. We've designed ten fabulous walking tours, taking in the city's most intriguing neighborhoods. Each route takes a few hours and comes complete with detailed directions, suggested refreshment stops for snacks along the way, and an accompanying map.
Let Frommer's introduce you to the ethnic neighborhoods, the historic homes, the world-class shopping, and the daring modern architecture that make New York unique. We'll immerse you in the sights and sounds of Chinatown, with stops for the city's best dim sum. You'll stroll through the canyons of lower Manhattan, with visits to the New York Stock Exchange and the site where George Washington was inaugurated. You'll explore the literary haunts of Greenwich Village, the cutting-edge galleries of SoHo, the poshest homes on the Upper East Side, the loveliest parts of Central Park, and the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights (with its fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline).
Slim and easy-to-carry, Frommer's Memorable Walks in New York City offers a wonderful way to make the city your own!
Read an Excerpt
It's next to impossible to get a handle on the big picture of New York all at once. The best way to get to know this amazingly complex city is to do as New Yorkers do--concentrate on small nooks and crannies rather than the whole. Define the city through its neighborhoods and pay close attention to every detail of architecture, image, and life.
As you explore, you'll run across tiny, funky flower gardens that have sprung up around sidewalk trees, a shop specializing in light bulbs, and a cafe concentrating on peanut butter. You'll find plaques identifying historic buildings and the former homes of famous people, and ethnic food carts. Once you get away from the major museums and sights, you'll discover the Manhattan in which the rocks in Central Park acquire names, businessmen schvitz in a Russian bath house, and Zabar's searches for a new unknown cheese from the Pyrenees to introduce to Upper West Siders.
That's why walking tours are truly the only way to see this city. To get anywhere near understanding New York, you need to grab just one chunk of it at a time, turn it over carefully in your mind, examine its history, and figure out what makes it tick. A large-scale New York may seem like an enormous, chaotic, dirty, expensive, frightening metropolis. But on the small scale, in the details, New York gives up its secrets. It started as a conglomeration of small communities and from these roots, it has grown into one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities on earth.
Meet the Author
Reid Bramblett is a veteran of the Frommer’s editorial offices and the author of several Frommer’s guides, including Frommer’s Italy from $70 a Day, Frommer’s Tuscany and Umbria, Frommer’s Northern Italy, and Europe For Dummies, as well as a contributor to Frommer’s Europe from $70 A Day and Honeymoons For Dummies. You’ll notice the distinct lack of American destinations on that list of books. Never fear. Reid is also a former resident of Brooklyn’s Park Slope and (briefly) Williamsburg neighborhoods, and he now hangs his hat in Maspeth, Queens. He promises one day to get around to living in Manhattan as well, but not until rents come way down or travel writers’ salaries go way up.
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