The WPA Guide to New York City
William H. Whyte (Introduction)
GUIDEBOOK 1995 PAPER 736 PAGES
The vintage 1939 guide to New York, written by participants in the Federal Writers' Project. Here is New York before the Dodgers departed, when the Empire State Building was a newly built marvel and the World's Fair was a major event. Perhaps the most revered of New York guidebooks, this classic is an enjoyable read for travelers and nostalgic locals both (although the price information is about 66 years out-of-date).