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Eyewitness Guide New York City

Eyewitness Guide New York City

by Eleanor Berman

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best -- and we see more visitors in our neighborhood carrying it around. (NYC02, $25.00)

Here is New York

Here is New York

by E.B. White

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 56 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue. (NYC28, $16.95)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

This beloved, Newbery Medal-winning tale is set mostly in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where two siblings take up residence, dodging guards, sleeping in historic beds and having unexpected adventures. (NYC31, $6.99)

New York City Map

New York City Map

by Popout Maps

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

This convenient map of New York has a clever "origami" fold to prevent fussing with unwieldy re-folding. (NYC26, $6.95)

 
Blue Guide New York

Blue Guide New York


by Carol Von Pressentin Wright

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, including walking tours and a focus on art and architecture. (NYC29, $24.95)

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best

Fodor's New York City's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights. (USE36, $13.99)

Central Park, An American Masterpiece


by Sara Cedar Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Written and photographed by Central Park's official historian, this visual history of New York's crown jewel pairs modern color images with drawings, plans and quotes by park designers. (NYC94, $50.00)

Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center

Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center


by Daniel Okrent

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

In this grand social history Okrent illuminates the remarkable cast of characters, the ambitions, and mind-bending complexity in creating the beloved New York City landmark. (NYC100, $18.00)

The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World


by Russell Shorto

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America. (NYC153, $16.95)

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan

Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan


by Philip Lopate

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 421 PAGES

Essayist and consummate New Yorker, Philip Lopate pulls in history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the water's edge of Manhattan. (NYC113, $15.95)

Gone to New York, Adventures in the City

Gone to New York, Adventures in the City


by Ian Frazier | Jamaica Kincaid

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

Frazier writes with humor and warmth about his New York City in this collection of essays originally published in periodicals like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. (NYC156, $15.00)

Let the Great World Spin

Let the Great World Spin


by Colum McCann

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Dublin-born New Yorker Colum McCann took home the 2011 International Impac Dublin literary award for his stunningly realized portrait of New York City. Set in 1974, he traces the interlocking lives of diverse characters as as Philippe Petit tightrope walks between the newly built Twin Towers. Let the Great World Spin won the National Book Award in 2009. (NYC214, $15.00)

Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories

Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories


by Joseph Mitchell

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 716 PAGES

Mitchell's collection of loving, extraordinarily vivid, short pieces, depicting New York in the 40's and 50's. He was a master at painting character, and place, in swift strokes. (NYC61, $18.00)

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