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Overview

The Unofficial Guides? are the Consumer Reports of travel guides, offering candid evaluations of their destinations' attractions, hotels, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, sports, and more, all rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors so even the most compulsive planners can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely. Each guide addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers, with handy charts that demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. Plus, all the details are pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan.

Look no further than The Unofficial Guide to New York City for honest, streetwise advice that allows you to feel safe, comfortable, and at home in the Big Apple. We'll give you detailed reviews of all the top attractions and unbiased ratings of all the best hotels and restaurants, and clue you in on everything you'll need to know to get around like a local.

The Top 5 Ways The Unofficial Guide to New York City Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:

  1. The straight truth on all the attractions, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty
  2. How to get tickets to the hottest Broadway shows--and not pay full price for them
  3. Hotels at every price level, ranked and rated for value and quality of rooms--plus proven strategies for getting the best rates
  4. All the best New York restaurants, plus the inside story on shopping--where to get the best for less
  5. How to plan and get the most out of your business or convention trip
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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: 9780764565717
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/29/2002
  • Series: Unofficial Guides Series , #34
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.99 (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 www.sololady.com.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.

About the Author and Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

"New York, New York, It's a Helluva Town . . ."

About This Guide.

"Inside" New York for Outsiders.

PART ONE: Understanding the City.

Boroughs, Neighborhoods, and "Districts".

A Very Short History of an Extremely Complex City.

PART TWO: Planning Your Visit to New York.

When to Go.

What to Pack.

Gathering Information.

Special Considerations.

A Calendar of Special Events.

PART THREE: New York Hotels.

All Things Considered.

Hotel Neighborhoods.

Can You Even Get In?.

Slice the Price of Rooms in the Apple.

Is Your Travel Agent NYC Savvy?.

Hotels Rated and Ranked.

Hotel Information Chart.

PART FOUR: Arriving and Getting Oriented.

Arriving.

Getting Oriented.

Things the Locals Already Know.

How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.

PART FIVE: Getting around New York.

Taxis.

The Subway.

Buses.

Walking.

PART SIX: New York's Neighborhoods.

The Sidewalks of New York.

Central Park.

PART SEVEN: Sightseeing, Tours, and Attractions.

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking . . . First.

Packaged Tours.

Guided Walking Tours.

Self-Guided Walking Tours.

Backstage and Behind the Scenes.

Attraction Profiles.

PART EIGHT: Dining and Restaurants.

The City That Always Eats.

The Restaurants.

Restaurant Profiles.

PART NINE: Shopping in New York.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize (and the Price).

All Together Now: Department Stores, "Malls," and Flea Markets.

One-Stop Shopping: Museum Shops and Theme Stores.

Great Neighborhoods for Shopping.

Specialty Shopping.

PART TEN: Exercise and Recreation.

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun.

Chelsea Piers and Central Park.

Working Out.

Other Recreational Sports.

Spectator Sports.

PART ELEVEN: Entertainment and Nightlife.

The Show Must Go On.

Performing Arts.

New York Nightlife.

Nightclub Profiles.

Index.

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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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