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Overview

OurRough Guide to New York City is written by New York natives who performed an exhaustive search of their own backyard to compile a guide full of the best, the worst, and the just plain overrated in the city that never sleeps. We offer a comprehensive look at Manhattan and all it has to offer, without forgetting the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island. Includes listings and reviews of everything from museums to shopping and eating to sports, plus much, much more. It’s everything you need to navigate around the Big Apple with the expertise of a native New Yorker.

(Please note: no maps included in Microsoft Reader version of this title.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858281711
  • Publisher: Rough Guides, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Mini Rough Guide Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Introduction
New York City is the most beguiling place there is. You may not think so at first - for the city is admittedly mad, the epitome in many ways of all that is wrong in modern America. But spend even a week here and it happens - the pace, the adrenaline take hold, and the shock gives way to myth. Walking through the city streets is an experience, the buildings like icons to the modern age, and above all to the power of money. Despite all the hype, the movie-image sentimentalism, Manhattan - the central island and the city's real core - has massive romance: whether it's the flickering lights of the midtown skyscrapers as you speed across the Queensboro bridge, the 4am half-life downtown, or just wasting the morning on the Staten Island ferry, you really would have to be made of stone not to be moved by it all.
None of which is to suggest that New York is a conventionally pleasing city. Take a walk in Manhattan beside Central Park, notably its east side, past the city's richest apartments and best museums, and keep walking: within a dozen or so blocks you find yourself in the lower reaches of Spanish Harlem. The shock could hardly be more extreme. The city is constantly like this, with glaring, in-your-face wealth juxtaposed with urban problems - poverty, the drug trade, homelessness - that have a predictably high profile. Things definitely changed during the Nineties, especially in the Mayor Giuliani years. Crime figures are at their lowest in years and are still dropping (statistically, New York is now one of the country's safest big cities), and renewal plans have finally begun to undo years of urban neglect. But for all its new clean-cut image New York remains a unique place - one you'll want to return to again and again.
The city also has more straightforward pleasures. There are the different ethnic neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan, from Chinatown to the Jewish Lower East Side and ever-diminishing Little Italy; and the artsy concentrations in SoHo, TriBeCa, and the East and West Village. There is the architecture of corporate Manhattan and the more residential Upper East and West Side districts (the whole city reads like an illustrated history of modern design); and there is the art, which affords weeks of wandering in the Metropolitan and Modern Art museums and countless smaller collections. You can eat anything, at any time, cooked in any style; drink in any kind of company; sit through any number of obscure movies. The established arts - dance, theater, music - are superbly catered for, and although the contemporary music scene is perhaps not as vital or original as in, say, London or Los Angeles, New York's clubs are varied and exciting, if rarely inexpensive. And for the avid consumer, the choice of shops is vast, almost numbingly exhaustive in this heartland of the great capitalist dream.
Costs
Perhaps your biggest single problem in New York is going to be money, or rather how to hold on to what you have. The exchange rate for foreign visitors is fairly good these days - around $1.60 to the pound sterling at time of writing - and the city (as long as you're not renting an apartment) is generally as cheap as it has been for some time. Still, it's an expensive place to spend time, and far pricier than most of the rest of the US. Accommodation will be your biggest day-to-day expense, with rock-bottom double hotel rooms in Manhattan costing around $100, much more for anywhere in the mid-range, and even a basic YMCA double room going for over $50 - though there are options that work out cheaper (see our recommendations in Chapter 16). The bottom line for staying alive - after this - is around $30 a day, a figure which will of course skyrocket the more you dine out and party, although it is possible to eat out both well and inexpensively. There are bargain restaurants - see Chapter 17 for listings - where you'll be well-fed for $10 or less, while the all-American breakfast will set you up for the day, and ubiquitous delis, pizza places and falafel stands provide the cheapest snacks for just a couple of dollars.
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Table of Contents

Part One Basics
Getting there from Britain and Ireland
Getting there from Australia and New Zealand
Getting there from the United States and Canada
Health
Points of arrival
Getting around the city
Information, maps and tours
The media
Money and banks
Communications: telephones and the post
Police and trouble
Women's New York
Gay and lesbian New York
Disabled access in the city
Staying on
Part Two The City
Chapter 1 Introducing the City
Chapter 2 The Harbor Islands
Chapter 3 The Financial District and the Civic Center
Chapter 4 Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side
Chapter 5 SoHo and TriBeCa
Chapter 6 Greenwich Village and the East Village
Chapter 7 Chelsea and the Garment District
Chapter 8 Union Square, Gramercy Park and Murray Hill
Chapter 9 Midtown Manhattan
Chapter 10 Central Park
Chapter 11 The Upper West Side and Morningside Heights
Chapter 12 The Upper East Side
Chapter 13 Harlem, Hamilton Heights and the north
Chapter 14 The Outer Boroughs
Chapter 15 Museums and Galleries
Part Three Listings
Chapter 16 Accommodation
Chapter 17 Eating
Chapter 18 Drinking
Chapter 19 Nightlife
Chapter 20 The Performing Arts and Film
Chapter 21 Sports and Outdoor Activities
Chapter 22 Parades and Festivals
List of maps
New York City
Manhattan zip codes
Manhattan neighborhoods
The Harbor Islands
The Financial District
The Civic Center
Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side
SoHo and TriBeCa
Greenwich Village
The East Village
Chelsea and the Garment District
Union Square, Gramercy Park and Murray Hill
Midtown Manhattan
Central Park
The Upper West Side and Morningside Heights
The Upper East Side
Harlem, Hamilton Heights and the north
Washington Heights and Inwood
The Outer Boroughs
Brooklyn
Downtown Brooklyn
Queens
The Bronx
Staten Island
Manhattan museums
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Colour maps (at back of book):
Manhattan
Downtown Manhattan
Midtown Manhattan
Uptown Manhattan
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