Unofficial Guide(R) to New York City , 4th Edition

Unofficial Guide(R) to New York City , 4th Edition


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ISBN-13: 9780764541919
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/08/2004
Series: Unofficial Guides Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Bob Sehlinger is the creator and executive publisher of the Unofficial Guide series. He has authored over 20 books on travel and outdoor recreation.

Native New Yorker Rachel F. Freeman (Dining and Nightlife contributor) believes it is her duty to act as both foodie and nightowl. 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 is a hotel maven, visiting and researching perhaps 1,000 rooms around the world—including in The Big Apple—for many guidebooks and trade publications, such as Birnbaum’s United States, Zagat’s Hotel and Resort Survey, and Star Service, the premiere travel agent reference. In addition, Lea has been a columnist for Gannett Suburban newspapers, a TV travel and lifestyle reporter, managing editor of the newsletter Travel Smart, and co-author of a book on cruises. She is a major contributor to guidebooks about Geece, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast, and is the author of The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns in New England.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps.


About the Author and Contributors.


“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.

Calendar of Special Events.

Part Three: New York Hotels.

New Rooms in the Sky.

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.


Getting Oriented.

Things the Locals Already Know.

How to Avoid Crime and Keep Safe in Public Places.

Part Five: Getting around New York.


The Subway.



Part Six: New York’s Neighborhoods.

The Sidewalks of New York.

Central Park.

Part Seven: Sight-seeing,Tours, and Attractions.

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking . . . First.

Touring Options.

An Abundance of Riches.

New York City Attractions.

Attraction Profiles.

Part Eight: Dining and Restaurants.

NYC Eats: Everything, Anything, All the Time.

Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine.

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.

Lights, Tickets, Action . . . .


Performing Arts.

New York Nightlife.

Nightclub Profiles.

Restaurant Index.

Nightclub Index.

Subject Index.

List of Maps.

New York Touring Zones.

Zones 1–13: Manhattan.

Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.

Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.

Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.

Zones 14 and 15: Harlem and the Heights.

Hotels, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.

Hotels, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.

Hotels, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.

Attractions, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.

Attractions, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.

Attractions, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.

Attractions, Zones 14 and 15: Harlem and the Heights.

Restaurants, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.

Restaurants, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.

Restaurants, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.

Nightclubs, Zones 1–5: Lower Manhattan.

Nightclubs, Zones 6–9: Midtown Manhattan.

Nightclubs, Zones 10–13: East and West Side Manhattan.

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