The Pratique Guide: The Meat Packing District and the West Village: Shopping Block by Block

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The most comprehensive, stylish, and practical guides to New York City’s hippest shopping districts.

As chic as the city itself, these one-of-a-kind maps and guides to the hottest shopping districts in New York City feature select boutiques, caf?s, and salons on every block in the neighborhood. That’s hundreds of haunts for haute couture, exclusive design, and offbeat accessorizing. Fashion. Interior decor. Restaurants. Galleries. Whether you’re looking for sumptuous silk ...

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Overview

The most comprehensive, stylish, and practical guides to New York City’s hippest shopping districts.

As chic as the city itself, these one-of-a-kind maps and guides to the hottest shopping districts in New York City feature select boutiques, caf?s, and salons on every block in the neighborhood. That’s hundreds of haunts for haute couture, exclusive design, and offbeat accessorizing. Fashion. Interior decor. Restaurants. Galleries. Whether you’re looking for sumptuous silk pajamas or the perfect velvet blazer, Egyptian linens or a lacquered credenza, Biedermeier candlesticks or original gifts custom wrapped according to the Japanese art of tsutsumi, the Pratique reveals where to find them, along with the caf?s with hidden back gardens and the bars with the best pomegranate martinis.

Packaged in a handy snap-shut wallet with a color-coded fold-out map, the Pratique cleverly references stores with similar styles to help shoppers find more of what they like. Restaurants are also listed by type and include a price bracket, helping diners quickly pinpoint a favorite cuisine or new culinary experience. Store addresses, phone numbers, hours, and website info are all included. Sleek and affordable, these indispensable neighborhood guides are like nothing else–why look like a tourist, even if you are one?

“The must-have map to the area’s shops and restaurants”–American Way Magazine

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"Shopping in New York is as exhilarating as it is daunting: so many stores, so many neighborhoods. You need a strategy so as not to miss a single exotic opportunity. This guide...may make things easier. A booklet lists all the shops directory style, with brief descriptions. A separate map locates all the stores on a large, easy-to-read, color-coded grid. Hotels and restaurants join shoe shops, fashion retailers, antique dealers and stores that sell everything from diaper bags to decorative fossils. The directory and the map fit into a snap-closure plastic-bound wallet." --The Chicago Tribune

"Stylish leather-bound portfolios proportioned like a business envelope. Side-by-side pockets hold a folded map and a shopping guide with excruciating, block-by-block detail" --The Boston Globe

"Author Sarah Caplan is “one heck of a shopper, judging from these comprehensive guides to New York's most fashion-forward neighborhoods. Ingeniously packaged in a dual-pocket vinyl snap-close wallet, they contain a booklet listing shops and descriptions in one pocket and in the other, a fold-out map that plots locations...Caplan gives special attention to truly one-of-a-kind emporiums, stores that stock unusual or exclusive products and places that carry out-of-the-ordinary gifts. And when you're ready to drop, the index will direct you to the nearest bar or restaurant.” —USA Today

"Sarah Caplan solves holiday shopping dilemmas with the Little Bookroom's Pratique Guides. The snap-shut wallet includes a color-coded map and booklet of hip shops and restaurants." --New York Home Magazine

"Think Fifth Avenue is the best place to shop in New York City? You need to branch out. Two new Pratique Guide books steer shopaholics to some of the hippest neighborhoods of Manhattan and scope out the goods block by block. "Soho and Nolita" and "The Meatpacking District and West Village" (Little Bookroom, $18.95) are handy, snap-close volumes that slip easily into a handbag. There's a map tucked in one side and business listings on the other. The fold-out, color-coded maps give you a quick overview of the shops and restaurants on each block with a number that corresponds to a section of the business listings. Recommended and must-see stores are starred. Now I know where to pick up a Stella McCartney frock." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"For those who feel like a rube thumbing through a tour guide in too-cool-to-breathe New York City, the Little Bookroom has designed "The Pratique Guides," a series of shopping guides designed for the urban hipster and those who want to look like one. These "Shopping Block by Block" guides are disguised as a smart, snap-shut wallet that happens to have a color-coded, fold-out map. A shopper who consults the guide titled "The Meatpacking District and West Village" can lay siege to Bleeker Street's boutiques, cafes, and antique shops. Author and designer Sarah Caplan, who obviously knows her Soho from her boho, is a New York-based graphic designer and artist whose clients have included musician-artist David Byrne. She points the reader to the best spots for Egyptian linens, pomegranate martinis and flirty fashions from Catherine Malandrino, whose clients include Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Demi Moore." --Pittsburgh Tribune Review

“Serious shoppers visiting New York City may want to consider two new guidebooks. The Pratique Guides to Soho and Nolita, and to The Meatpacking District and West Village, come with a neighbourhood map and a booklet of business listings. The map plots individual stores and is colour-coded, to help shoppers identify store types quickly. The booklet describes what you'll find at each store, and sometimes lists off which celebrities wear the brand. Each map and booklet come in a pocket-sized valise so you won't look like a tourist toting it from Ralph Lauren to Kate Spade Baby...” —Calgary Herald

"Here's a must-have for any New York trip: Pratique shopping guides. Have you ever spent hours looking for a store that you knew was just around the corner? With the Pratique Guides, you'll know exactly where you're going in the giant shopping mecca of NYC. Each bright, bendable, easy-to-stow set comes with a color coordinated map and a business listing booklet that provide a block by block, shop by shop visual guide to the most popular New York City shopping areas.
With the Pratique Shopping Guides, you'll know exactly where you're going in the giant shopping mecca of NYC." --Boomergirl.com

Praise for The Pratique Guide: SoHo and NoLIta

“The must-have map to the area’s shops and restaurants”–American Way Magazine

“Die-hard shoppers will enjoy this comprehensive guide to shopping in SoHo and NoLIta. The comprehensive map, phone directory and credit-card sized map will ensure shoppers are hitting all the top spots while in the neighborhood.”–About.com

“The nicest looking [guide] out there.”–Gridskipper.com

“A snazzy orange portfolio with a pull-out, color-coded map of shops and eateries in the two hip ‘hoods.”
The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892145420
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Pratique Guides
  • Edition description: PACKAGE
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 3.98 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH CAPLAN has worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for ten years with clients that have included the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Sotheby’s, and musician/artist David Byrne. In 1999, she produced a series of critically acclaimed paper dresses made of Tyvek and printed with graphic imagery, which sold all over the world and were accepted into museum and private textile collections. She has designed and published the Pratique since 2002 and looks forward to expanding it to include other areas of New York City, as well as other major cities. After living many years in New York, she now resides in California’s Bay Area.
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