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City Secrets: New York City [Turtleback]

Robert Kahn
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Sep 2002 City Secrets (Book 4)
City Secrets has turned its innovative concept to New York, and the result is the fourth and—at 582 pages—the largest in this acclaimed series of guidebooks. City Secrets New York City, edited by Robert Kahn, is a breathtaking guide to art, food, architecture, and cultural landmarks in all five boroughs, written by more than 300 savvy and sophisticated New Yorkers. The entries range in tone from the literary to the conversational, the humorous to the scholarly. Together, this collection of vignettes forms not only a practical guidebook, but a dazzling panorama of the magnificent city.

In the pages of City Secrets New York City:

• A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist evokes a timeless Village bookstore

• An artist takes you on an intimate tour of three exceptional paintings

• A food editor invites you into the sepia-toned interiors of vintage saloons

• An architect introduces you to the tailor that fitted Ernest Hemingway in the 1930's

• A writer leads you to the Diamond District to find the best cheese blintzes in the city

• A producer recommends a Midtown coffee shop where actors, directors and producers can be found hatching the next Broadway hit

This elegant, clothbound book features a subtle, non-guidebook design, detailed maps of all five boroughs, and recommended reading. New Yorkers who contributed to City Secrets New York City include: novelists Michael Cunningham and Rick Moody, actors Laura Linney and Eric Stolz, journalists Anna Quindlen and Kurt Andersen, poet laureate Mark Strand, neurologist Oliver Sacks, architects Richard Meier and Philip Johnson, MoMA director Glenn Lowry, artist Brice Marden, playwright John Guare, designer Kate Spade, and many others, including historians, urban archaeologists, gourmets, curators, and filmmakers.

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  • Turtleback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom,U.S. (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145086
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'City Secrets: New York (is) a fascinating collection of places to explore in the big apple' -- Sainsbury’s Magazine

'Endlessly fascinating, a miscellany which yields something extraordinary almost every time you dip into it’ -- Independent on Sunday

‘Another in the series of little gems written by natives and connoisseurs that yield the world’s best cities’ -- RTE Guide

‘The guidebook or guidebooks of the year' -- Daily Telegraph

‘There are enough discoveries and insights to keep a native, let alone a visitor, tramping the streets for years’ -- Daily Telegraph

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Not exactly a "city secret" this, but a visit to Ellis Island is so rewarding that it should not be missed by anyone curious about the history of New York or, indeed, the united States. Read the first page
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Not So Rough Guide 9 Aug 2005
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City Secrets: New York City is divided into sections based on the boroughs of the city, with different New Yorkers (including Michael Cunningham who wrote The Hours) writing about their favourite places. These range from shops and museums to parks and monuments. There are also longer articles describing walks and even local slang! My favourite of these is the Holden Caulfield guide to the Museum of Natural History, based on The Catcher in the Rye.
This book is an absolutely gorgeous object - a blue cloth-covered hardback with silver writing. It would make a really lovely present for a good friend, or a family member who was travelling to (or even moving to) New York.
I wouldn't take it as my sole guidebook as it's not completely up-to-date, and doesn't include price guides for most of the attractions, but it's a really nice book both for people who are actually going to New York and for armchair travellers.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York - City Secrets 15 May 2003
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I'm preparing for a trip to New York at the moment. Having been once before i wanted a guide book which didn't focus on the tourist attractions but looked at the city from a different point of view and would give me some interesting places off the beaten track.
I was already excited about going back, but the insider knowledge given in this book gives me some extra excitment.
We'll definitely be taking the hint about taking the Staten Island Ferry outward at the end of the day and back in as the lights of the city come on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even as a resident, there are some things I never knew about 15 Jan 2003
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In the rapidly changing face of New York City fast becoming another strip mall full of chain shops and uniformity, it is refreshing to note that yes, real New York still exists--those unappreciated, and undervalued landmarks, shops, and restaurants that truly define NYC. Famous luminaries living in the city--architects, artists, curators, and gourmets--guide you to those hidden gems through witty, and informative stories on the cultural, and historical significance of each place. Entries are organized by neighborhood, and comes complete with addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, and directions. City Secrets is a must for saavy travelers, and residents alike--there are many things here I never knew about. rkchin
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read! 22 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As a seasoned New Yorker (20 years and counting), I am not easily impressed by guide books. "Secrets" cannot be judged alongside the patronizing, cliche-ridden rest of the pack. I found myself alternately nodding and grinning (at the secret places I'd already discovered) and rushing out the door (to uncover the ones I hadn't). Finally a book that appeals equally to both the First Time visitor and the Veteran New Yorker. Smartly written, funny and insightful. Think you've seen it all in New York? Think again!
53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This belongs on the book shelf of every lover of NYC 10 Jan 2003
By Dom Miliano - Published on Amazon.com
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I have observed an odd phenomenon. Despite it's age and crushing population, visitors, residents and even self-styled experts on NYC are always exploring and claiming to have made "discoveries" or unearthed amazing secrets. This book is another example of a book that proves the point. I am happy to report that the author (editor, really) has crafted a book that really has nuggets of knowledge that most readers will find new, interesting or both. Its facts are arranged logically and the writing conveys the passion one feels when exploring an exciting place such as NYC. Without the passion, the book would only be a book of lists. And, because the author has asked his friends to write only about things that they love, each short "secret" narrative is alive with personal insights and opinions - I like that. If you have read this far, I bet you will like the book as well.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet! 8 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The newest in Robert Kahn's City Secrets Series of guidebooks is the best yet. Like the others it is useful, entertaining, packed with enticing "secrets" and elegant graphics. City Secrets New York is filled with information even the most seasoned New Yorker or lifetime resident will relish. A real page-turner even while at home, and fantastic for the frequent or first-time visitor as well.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real insider's guide 8 Oct 2002
By "skyybird" - Published on Amazon.com
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It's nice to get people who are in the know to give you their personal tips as to where one should go and what one should see in New York. It's such a big city that you really need the extra help not to miss something great during your visit.
City Secrets New York is also great for local New Yorkers that don't even know what they are missing.
Very enjoyable and very informative reading.
If I travel to London or Rome, I will buy those City Secret editions as well.
Alex
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