Access New York City

Access New York City

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ISBN-13: 9780060834463
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/13/2006
Series: Access New York City Series
Pages: 383
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

With the publication of his first book in 1962 at the age of 26, Richard Saul Wurman began the singular passion of his life: that of making information understandable. A holder of both M. Arch. & B. Arch. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, he has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Graham Fellowships & two Chandler Fellowships. In 1991, Richard Saul Wurman received the Kevin Lynch Award from MIT for his creation of the ACCESS travel guides. In 1994, he was named a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland & awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts by the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. In 1995, he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Art Center College of Design & was Chairman of Graphic Design & Product/Industrial Design of the1995 Presidential Design Awards.

Richard Saul Wurman continues to be a regular consultant to major corporations in matters relating to the design & understanding of information. He is married to novelist Gloria Nagy, has 4 children & lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Sophisticated and brutal. Exhilarating and oppressive. Earthy and aloof. A thorough description of New York City might exhaust the largest vocabulary. New York is indeed a city of dynamic contrasts, from the sleek granite high-rises of Wall Street and Midtown to the crumbling tenements of Brooklyn and the Bronx, from the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village to the old-money atmosphere of Upper Fifth Avenue, and from the avant-garde art galleries of SoHo to the Apollo Theater and historic churches of Harlem.

Weighted down by wall-to-wall buildings and 7.4 million people, New York in its density may seem relentless and chaotic to first-time visitors. But it's essentially a city of small neighborhoods best explored one at a time. Don't exhaust yourself by trying to race from one end of the city to the other in the hopes of seeing "everything." Instead, make a list of must-sees in each neighborhood and enjoy all they have to offer before moving on to the next.

One of New York's chief attractions is the overwhelming number of places to visit. Every night on the town doesn't have to include dinner at a four-star restaurant and a Broadway show to be memorable, and you don't have to spend your days splurging in the expensive shops on Fifth or Madison Avenues. Some of New York's greatest pleasures are simple, and often inexpensive: sitting on the front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and watching a mime while eating a hot dog; whiling away an hour in a cafe, sipping a cappuccino as the world goes by the window; walking through Central Park on a clear day and gazing up at the brilliant blue sky above the tall buildings; and, when you've said and done as much as youcan, waving good-bye to the Statue of Liberty from the window of a departing plane, humming "New York, New York."

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Access New York City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really liked the format of this book which told you what interesting things were on each block or group of a few blocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We had an older version of this book on our 1st NYC trip. It was a lifesaver from the begining when planning our daily site-seeing activities to finding our hotel. If you are going to the Big Apple, this is the one and only thing you need!