The Bottom Line
- Pocket sized
- Cool-looking black-and-silver cover
- 150+ pages of detailed maps and listings
- Book lacks an introduction or overview
- Small font is difficult to read
- The city is constantly changing, and printed information goes out of date
- Guide book aimed at new arrivals to the city.
- Plentiful maps and listings with addresses of essential services.
- Special sections go into detail on parks, transportation, sports, landmarks, gay and lesbian life.
- Hotels are usefully listed by location and stars awarded.
- Seating plans (require magnifying glass to read) and information on major sports arenas included.
- Small, fold-out subway map and useful elastic place-holder are glued onto the inside back cover.
- Calendar of events notes what months major events take place in, but not the specific days.
Guide Review - Not for Tourists Guide to New York City
Margin notes, which are in even smaller type than listings, allow the editors' real preferences to show through. It's clear they haven't just researched New York City; they live here, too.
The post office on Doyers Street always has a hellish line it's worth going somewhere else.... Canal Street is the major tourist area, but it's where I buy my $10 knock-offs."