New York City For Dummies


Explore the city that never sleeps

From soaring skyscrapers to rumbling subways, power shopping to bargain-hunting, world-renowned restaurants to neighborhood pizzerias, majestic cathedrals to Times Square — New York has it all. Packed with info on must-see attractions like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, plus the best ...

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Explore the city that never sleeps

From soaring skyscrapers to rumbling subways, power shopping to bargain-hunting, world-renowned restaurants to neighborhood pizzerias, majestic cathedrals to Times Square — New York has it all. Packed with info on must-see attractions like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, plus the best shopping, dining, culture, and nightlife, this guide will have you saying, "I love New York"!

Open the book and find:

  • Down-to-earth trip-planning advice
  • What you shouldn't miss —and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470618257
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series , #137
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,447,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

New York–based Myka Carroll edited 70-plus travel guides for Frommer’s before jumping to the other side of the desk as a freelance writer. Her favorite New York movie is Smoke, her favorite New York band is Sonic Youth, and her favorite New York hero is Shirley Chisholm. She would like to thank her family and dearest friends for their unwavering support, and to give props to the gang at Academy Restaurant, the best diner in the city. She dedicates a knife, a fork, a bottle, and a cork to Benjamin Más, the best sun ever.
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Table of Contents


Part I: Introducing New York City.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of New York City.

Chapter 2: Digging Deeper into New York City.

Chapter 3: Deciding When to Go.

Part II: Planning Your Trip to New York City.

Chapter 4: Managing Your Money.

Chapter 5: Getting to New York City.

Chapter 6: Catering to Special Travel Needs or Interests.

Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.

Part III: Settling Into New York City.

Chapter 8: Arriving and Getting Oriented.

Chapter 9: Checking In at New York City’s Best Hotels.

Chapter 10: Dining and Snacking in New York City.

Part IV: Exploring New York City.

Chapter 11: New York City’s Top Sights.

Chapter 12: Shopping in New York City.

Chapter 13: Following an Itinerary: Five Great Options.

Part V: Living It Up After Dark: New York City Nightlife.

Chapter 14: Applauding the Cultural Scene.

Chapter 15: Hitting the Clubs and Bars.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: The Top Ten Cheap New York City Experiences.

Chapter 17: The Top Ten Essential New York City Eating Experiences.

Chapter 18: Ten New York City Experiences to Avoid.

Appendix: Quick Concierge.


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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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