An intriguing guide for the local resident or the intrepid traveler who wants to take full advantage of what New York City has to offer.
"The arrival of New York's Unique & Unexpected Places brought an unexpected amount of pleasure. Its selection of fifty places in the five boroughs reminded us that we haven't completely lost our eccentric shops, our hidden corners, and moments of grace." ~Manhattan User's Guide
"New York's Unique & Unexpected Places delivers on its promise even to seasoned New Yorkers. The text is informative and the photographs are inviting," ~New York Times
"So many New Yorkers don't know about these uncommon places ... hidden gems right under our noses." ~WABC News
"Beautiful and informative." ~Connecticut News
"New York's Unique & Unexpected Places is a treasure trove of oft-overlooked delights." ~Indagare
"Delightful book..." ~New York Times Book Review
"No New Yorker should be without this lovely guide to forgotten and hidden places around the city. Compiled with loving authority by NY expert Judith Stonehill and her talented photographer daughter, this is a book that will not only grace the coffee table but will help fill many a Sunday with ideas for great excursions." ~Idlewild Books, New York
The Stonehills' delightful book is a guide to lesser-known but worthwhile museums, markets, shops, gardens and even a wilderness refuge. Among the highlights: the Map Room at the New York Public Library…and the garden at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a hidden oasis of crab apple trees, roses and magnolias.
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.