The Ultimate Book of New York Lists: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest City on Earth

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Where can you find New York City’s best hamburger? What are the ten best songs ever written about New York? The ten best books set in New York? Bert Randolph Sugar and some famous friends answer these burning questions, helping both New Yorkers and tourists learn what makes the greatest city on earth so great. With a foreword by legendary newspaperman Bill Gallo of the New York Daily News and lists from celebrity New Yorkers like Pete Hamill and Howard Stern, this is a book no lover of New York City should be ...
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Overview


Where can you find New York City’s best hamburger? What are the ten best songs ever written about New York? The ten best books set in New York? Bert Randolph Sugar and some famous friends answer these burning questions, helping both New Yorkers and tourists learn what makes the greatest city on earth so great. With a foreword by legendary newspaperman Bill Gallo of the New York Daily News and lists from celebrity New Yorkers like Pete Hamill and Howard Stern, this is a book no lover of New York City should be without.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602397743
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Randolph Sugar has established himself as one of the world’s foremost sports historians. The former editor-in-chief of The Ring and Fight Game magazines and the author of more than eighty books (including over a dozen books on baseball), Sugar lives with his wife in Chappaqua, New York.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction x

1 New York, New York: So Good You Have to Say It Twice 1

History 1

Megalopolis 1

Population 2

Languages 4

Size 5

The Boroughs 5

Borough Neighborhoods 9

Historic Points of Interest 12

Buildings, Bridges, & Tunnels 14

Parks 22

Monuments 26

Museums 28

New York Fire Department 30

New Yorkers' Favorite Sayings 32

What New Yorkers Expect of Tourists 32

2 Political Animals 33

3 Watering Holes-and All That Jazz 35

Top New York Saloonkeepers of Yesteryear 35

The Leading Nightclubs, 1933-'50s 38

Today's Watering Holes 38

Ballrooms of Yesteryear 39

Ten Best New York Live Rock Venues-Present 40

Top New York Rock Venues-Past 40

Comedy 40

Beer Gardens 42

Ten Rules for Picking and Surviving in a New York Bar 43

Best Bars in New York City 43

Best Sports Bars 43

Off Track Betting and Eating 45

Off Track Betting Teleheaters 45

Strip Clubs 46

Cougar Haunts 46

Graffiti First Seen on the Walls of P. J. Clarke's Men's Room 47

4 Sports Afield-and on the Court, Ice, and Track and in the Ring 48

Best New York Sports Nicknames 48

Baseball 48

New York Yankees 49

New York Mets 55

New York (Baseball) Giants 57

Brooklyn Dodgers 59

Football 61

Basketball 65

Holcombe Rucker Tournament 67

Hockey 67

Horse Racing 69

Boxing 70

Golf 74

New York City Stadiums and Arenas 74

New York Street Games 75

5 We Love a Parade-and New York Is One, All Year-Round 76

Parades 76

R. H. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 79

Coney Island 80

6 That's Entertainment 84

Movies 84

Broadway 98

Music 105

Television 110

New York City Radio Stations 114

7 New York Born & Bred 117

Arts 117

NewYork-Born Singers & Musicians 123

8 New York-Crossroads of the World 128

Tourism 128

Hotels 130

Tours & Sightseeing 131

Worthwhile Tourist Attractions 131

Shopping 137

9 Crime & Punishment 138

New York Police Department 138

Organized Crime 140

The Gangs of New York 148

Notorious Prostitutes 156

Tragedies 157

Police Corruption 164

10 Health & Hospitals: Keeping Your Sunny Side Up 165

Health 165

11 Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple 172

Dining 172

Specialty Foods 185

Dessert 189

Other New York Delights 190

Top Vegetarian Eateries 191

Best After-Hours Dining 191

12 I'll Take Manhattan and the Bronx and Staten Island too ... by Bus, Subway, or Any Way I Can 193

Transportation 193

13 We'll Take New York in June (Or Any Other Month), How's by You? 200

Climate 200

Day-by-Day Temperatures for New York 201

14 New York: Where Money Never Sleeps 207

Advertising 209

Banks 211

15 What's Black & Blue And Read All Over? New York, of Course! 212

Publications 212

Magazines 213

Books 214

Acknowledgments 217

Sources 218

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