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For travelers who want more than the official line: -Honest, streetwise advice that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, and at home in the Big Apple -Hotels at every price level, ranked and rated for value and quality of rooms--plus proven strategies for getting the best rates -How to get tickets to the hottest Broadway Shows--and not pay full price for them
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I learned a lot with this, including local customs and dialects. The sections on dining were great but irrelevant as me and my old lady tend to pack snacks in our neon-colored fanny packs. Same for the extensive information on accommodations; sadly, this wasn't a sleepover, but it's good to know that the Mandarin Oriental is just as completely out of reach as the Four Seasons. Ditto the ample sightseeing and attractions sections-we simply had zero time on a Tuesday night. The most helpful section was "Get There by Train," which showed ample Amtrakage to and from Manhattan. Once there, however, I found that the advice on page 113 somewhat amiss; Manhattan is not "the land of plenty" when it comes to taxi cabs. While there were, indeed, "rivers of yellow, with four or five lanes of cabs whipping along," none was for hire. It was hot, I was sweating through my shirt, and I needed a solution. Praise literature! Cab etiquette states that " [y]ou may approach a cab that's letting someone else out and wait by the open door." Success! Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," Booksmack! 10/7/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470533277
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series, #238
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE ZIBART HAS WRITTEN MORE ABOUT dining and entertainment than most people experience in a lifetime. In her early years as the pop music and culture reporter for, first, the Nashville Tennessean and then for the Washington Post, Eve quickly exhibited a flair for scene and sensory detail coupled with an aptitude for grammar and an extensive vocabulary. She rapidly moved through the ranks of the Post as a Style feature writer, a Maryland columnist, the TV editor, and a Weekend assistant editor. Long known to friends and fans as “Dr. Nightlife,” Eve has enough experience and knowledge to advise the Joint Chiefs of Staff on national trends. Currently, Eve is the restaurant critic for the Washington Post’s Weekend section.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Post, Eve is a columnist for Book Page and has been a regular contributor to USAir Inflight, New England Financial Journal, Impress, and Four Seasons magazines.
She has also written for Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, and Playboy. Given an amazing ability to turn 24 hours into 30, Eve has found time to author several books, including The Ethnic Food Lover’s Companion; The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Washington, D.C.; The Unofficial Guide to New Orleans; The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups; and Inside Disney: The Incredible Story of Walt Disney World and the Man Behind the Mouse.

NATIVE NEW YORKER RACHEL F. FREEMAN (Dining and Nightlife contributor) believes it is her duty to act as both foodie and night owl. Having lived abroad for 11 years, she returned to New York with a renewed hunger for what the city has to offer, resisting the temptation to join the ranks of the jaded. She has written for guidebooks in Warsaw, Poland, and has a passion for Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. She has written for Poland Business Guide, Wider Insider, Warsaw Insider, and Voyage magazine.

LEA LANE HAS TRAVELED TO OVER 110 COUNTRIES AND has been a columnist for Gannett newspapers, a TV travel and lifestyle reporter, and managing editor of the newsletter Travel Smart. She writes for magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, and is a major contributor to guidebooks, including those on Belgium, Greece, Italy, and New York. She has written Steps to Better Writing, The World’s Most Exciting Cruises, The Unofficial Guide to South Florida, and The Unofficial Guide to Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns in New England. Her newest book, Solo Traveler: Tales and Tips for Great Trips, was chosen as runner-up for “Best Travel Book of the Year” by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
Lea’s popular lifestyle Web site is

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Table of Contents

List of Maps     viii
Acknowledgments     ix
About the Author and Contributors     x
Introduction     1
"New York, New York, It's a Helluva Town..."     1
About This Guide     3
"Inside" New York for Outsiders     7
Understanding the City     11
Boroughs, Neighborhoods, and "Districts"     11
A Very Short History of an Extremely Complex City     14
Planning Your Visit     28
When to Go     28
What to Pack     29
Gathering Information     32
Special Considerations     33
Calendar of Special Events     37
Accommodations     48
New Room Stars in the Sky     48
All Things Considered     48
Hotel Neighborhoods     60
Can You Even Get In?     63
Slice the Price of Romms in the Apple     65
Is Your Travel Agent NYC Savvy?     70
Hotels Rated and Ranked     72
How the Hotels Compare     82
New York Hotels by Neighborhood     86
The Top 30 Best Deals in New York City     88
Hotel Information Chart     89
Arriving and GettingOriented     111
Arriving     111
Things the Locals Already Know     122
How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places     124
Getting Around     126
Taxis     126
The Subway     128
Buses     136
Walking     136
New York's Neighborhoods     138
The Sidewalks of New York     138
Central Park     191
Other Green Corners of the City     197
Sightseeing, Tours, and Attractions     200
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking...First     200
Touring Options     203
New York City Attractions by Type     210
New York City Attractions by Neighborhood     212
An Abundance of Riches     214
Attraction Profiles     214
Dining and Restaurants     250
NYC Eats: Everything, Anything, All the Time     250
Pickles or Panache     252
The Restaurants     255
The Best New York Restaurants     256
New York Restaurants by Neighborhood     260
Restaurant Profiles     276
Shopping     359
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize (and the Price)      359
All Together Now: Department Stores, "Malls," and Flea Markets     359
One-stop Shopping: Museum Shops and Theme Stores     363
Great Neighborhoods for Shopping     367
Specialty Shopping     378
Exercise and Recreation     392
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun     392
Chelsea Piers and Central Park     393
Working Out     394
Other Recreational Sports     398
Spectator Sports     399
Entertainment and Nightlife     403
Lights, Tickets, Action...     403
Economizing     405
Performing Arts     408
New York Nightlife     416
New York Nightclubs by Neighborhood     422
At-a-Glance Club Guide     424
Nightclub Profiles     428
Indexes and Reader Survey     455
Restaurant Index     455
Subject Index     458
Unofficial Guide Reader Survey     469
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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Very helpful book!

    I really enjoyed reading the Unofficial Guide to New York City. I had never been to any large city before, and to tackle New York City as my first one was quite a challenge. This book was excellent for someone who is a beginner in New York City. It explained all of the different neighborhoods and boroughs, so you don't end up booking a hotel in a bad area, etc. I also loved the practical tips on how to take a ride in a taxicab and how to ride the subway, two things that I had never done before. It also gives in depth reviews of restaurants and nightclubs and tells you which ones have dress codes, etc, which is very helpful. I would recommend it, although the hotel reviews are slightly out of date.

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