Fertitta's book serves up mini-profiles of 20 ethnic enclaves across New York City, from Flatbush's Little West Indies and Astoria's Little Egypt to Little Senegal in Harlem. Her colorful juxtaposition of faces, foods and architecture is a bracing reminder of the city's diversity.
The New York Times
Too many guides to New York City sites never take readers off the usual Manhattan pathways. These two books are different. They'll inspire and enable travelers—not only those from out of town but also dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers—to discover authentic treasures that give the city its vibrancy and depth. In Fertitta and Aresu's book, these treasures are 22 neighborhoods, arranged by borough, from Brooklyn's Little Beirut in Bay Ridge to Staten Island's Little Sri Lanka. Each neighborhood gets six or more pages, a combination of introductory narrative, vivid color photos, a basic local street map, and clearly formatted lists under the headings Eat, Shop, Nightlife/Bar (or sometimes Snack), and Visit. For example, for Little Ireland in the Bronx, the authors recommend three restaurants, three bars, four food or gift shops, and a park, museum, and church. For convenient consistency, each neighborhood's "Miles from Grand Central" and directions to it from Grand Central, usually by subway, are included. There's an MTA subway map in the back, along with a bus map only for Manhattan.