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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (17 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742208975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742208978
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirrelzilla TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 July 2015
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This 304-page book - the 3rd edition of October 2014 - is a colourful guide to the best bits of New York City, written by Lonely Planets’ experts for the city. This is a well-designed and presented guide, with useful maps, and a large fold-out map inside the back cover. This is more of a ‘regular’ guide, with lots of colour, bright maps, and large fonts; but it is still a better-designed and laid out guide than most others that I have seen. It is still intended to be a meaningful guide to things to see and do, but now contains detailed lists of things to see and do and eat, but written by people who know where to go to find really interesting things to see, do and eat.

Note that this guide does not go into any depth on accommodation - though there are suggestions in the Survival Guide section.

It is broken down into four major sections:

Page 4 - Plan Your Trip:
Introduction to New York (“What a wonderful town”), what to look out for (Top 25 Highlights), things you need to know in advance, basic touristy stuff.

Page 46 - Discover (“The Guide”; with each section featuring highlights, sights, eating & drinking, shopping & entertainment, walking tours, etc.):
P047: Lower Manhattan & the Financial District
P073: SoHo & Chinatown
P097: East Village & Lower East Side
P119: Greenwich Village, Chelsea & the Meatpacking District
P143: Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy
P157: Midtown
P189: Upper East Side
P211: Upper West Side & Central Park
P235: Upper Manhattan & the Outer Boroughs

Page 251 - In Focus:
This section contains articles on local culture - history, food & drink, arts & architecture, family travel, shopping, etc.

Page 273 - Survival Guide:
This section contains details on, accommodation, transport, and the Directory.
P290: Index
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By Durham Shopper on 6 Sept. 2015
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Bought this after using the Las Vegas version, which is also very good. As New Yorks sights are spread out, this book has a section which suggests days out. This enables you to view many sights which are close together and maximise ur time in New York. Don't miss walking over Brooklyn Bridge at night!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniela Spinello on 28 Jan. 2015
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Lonely Planet, as always, makes beautiful guides!
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Best book I've had on NY by far. I've looked at loads. This is by far the best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good book in hand..... 13 Dec. 2014
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Is sometimes more rewarding than an app on a Smart Phone. Turning the pages, sitting in a favorite or newly discovered (thank you Lonely Planet) coffee shop in Queens, watching the hustle and bustle outside, surrounded by the smells of the roasters, the pastry ovens, and listening to the small talk in the background, absorbing the "flavors" of the Big Apple -- and looking forward to more adventures that can be found while leafing through this small, compact, handy guide. As a native (but now displaced) New Yorker who knew the city inside and out ever since Mom Sylvia guided her little kids by the hand thru the maze of tall buildings, bright sidewalks, noisy traffic, I learned to love every nook and cranny of My City. "Lonely Planet Discover New York City " not only brings back memories but makes new adventures come to life every time I visit.

The pages are colorful, (with the color-coding explained inside the front cover) with LOTS Of great photos, and the (small but readable) colorful typeface, all very inviting -- with interesting bits of historical information here and there and LOTS of extensive information about places to go, places to shop, places to nosh. Anyone NEW to NY City might find this a bit overwhelming perhaps, but as each page says "adventure abounds!! Take your pick and enjoy!!", I have not doubt that they will.

Of course, the trendy places and the heart of the city is where most visitors would like to go -- and this book more than aptly informs them how to get there, what to look for, what to do. But it also has information on churches, sporting venues, "great views", a "Survival Guide" ADA information, and a good index in the back of the book.

To me this guide is also a nostalgic walk through my life as a child and young adult. And of course, having had family there for all those years that I was living elsewhere, it was so easy for me to come back and revisit and discover, while my room was waiting for me at Auntie's -- Alas, Auntie (1926-2012, rest her soul) and her apartment are no longer extant, but the "Best Places to Stay" pages of this are thorough enough (transportation, location, price, local flavor) for me to begin looking for an inexpensive place to stay during my next foray to my beloved Big Apple.

Now as for one reviewer, who wrote about being happy about the book not having anything about the depressing row after row of apartment buildings in it, let me add my take. They are Part Of The Landscape -- they house the Heart and Soul of New York City and the 5 Boroughs. When I take the Queens bus or the Bronx bus or the MTA in Manhattan and I pass these buildings, I am overjoyed -- here are other neighborhoods that are worlds to themselves, not unlike the nabes in the Bronx where I grew up, or Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn where my childhood friend MaryAnne lived and Sis and I had so many great adventures (you could play in the streets all day, back then and the whole neighborhood looked after "their" kids), or the streets of Queens, where Auntie lived and where I visited for over 30 years -- every one of these neighborhoods has a story to tell, has their Mom and Pop shops and is the host to newer generations who are building their own memories, because to them their nabe IS the heart of their city.

Only one thing I don't care about in this book is the small fold-out map in the back. I would suggest buying a more extensive one or just using an App.
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An Excellent Guide for Sightseers 17 Nov. 2014
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For those planning a visit to New York City or in need of a guide while there, this Lonely Planet guide gives a great overview of can't-miss sights and activities, from hitting the major art museums to visiting Yankee Stadium to finding your way around Greenwich Village. It neatly divides the attractions by area, which makes NYC seem a lot more manageable since, like Paris, it can be an overwhelming city. The fold-out map is helpful for walking and for judging distance, and it includes a subway map, even though newcomers to the city are bound to get lost at least once.

The overviews are quite good, but the selection of recommended restaurants is sparse, especially for a city that has restaurants everywhere, some mediocre and some world-class and many in-between. It would be nice to have a little more guidance; I recommend that visitors choose their dining options instead through their hotel's recommenations and online sites such as Yelp and OpenTable. Likewise, accommodations seem like an afterthought at the end of the guide, and the suggestions are few. This guidebook is best for someone who already knows where she will stay or who wants to know which areas of the city to consider.

For an on-the-ground guidebook, Discover New York City is excellent. It gives visitors a taste of all that NYC offers in an easy-to-navigate guidebook with some excellent advice. It will help potential visitors plan their vacations, even if they will probably want to look elsewhere for hotel and restaurant advice. The color photos alone will get you excited to explore this diverse city.

-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann
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Good New York City Travel Guide. 8 Dec. 2014
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Lonely Planet Discover New York City (Travel Guide)is a good overall travel guide, but nothing about it really stands out. Perhaps I expected to find something new and/or different being a New Yorker, but most of the information was already familiar to me. With that being said, the average tourist or first time visitor will find plenty of helpful information in the guide. There are are plenty of pictures and maps to get you around. There are tips for things to do and places to see. All the information seems to be up to date too, unlike some other New York City Guides I've read.

If you're not a seasoned New York City visitor, Lonely Planet Discover New York City will provide you with a lot of good information, and I recommend it.
Love the easy layout...I'm a new "Lonely Planet" lover! 24 Nov. 2014
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This is my first "Lonely Planet" book, I must admit I usually buy "Frommer's" books when I travel. That being said, I suppose I stick with what I know. The "Discover New York City" arrived this weekend and I couldn't wait to compare it with prior travel books. The "Lonely Planet" book has a pull out map which is normally included in other travel books too, but it is a nice feature when traveling (to see the big picture) which is fine on a phone to some extent. The book works in sections (for example, Upper West Side, SoHo & Chinatown, Lower Manhattan, etc.) This is usually how travel books work, but this book has color coded outer pages that make "flipping" to your section easier (I really found this a wonderful feature-probably my favorite). After you decide on the colored section you are visiting, each of those are broke down into things each area has to offer, for example "sightseeing, highlights, eating, drinking, entertainment and shopping" to name a few. The book even has small symbols to represent "don't miss" or "the best" even something called "local knowledge" that the "local experts" reveal as their go to places! All books I have looked at show pictures, and I'd say all are about the same. The "Lonely Planet" book I have to admit has a better layout (personal opinion) but I loved that each page had two columns instead of one. It made it easier to read or maybe just "looked" better. This is probably a silly remark, but as I flipped through each and compared each book I found I kept going back to "Lonely Planet" because it was eye appealing. As for the actual information in each? They are both comparable. I hate to admit it, but I think I like this better than the other books I've seen. I think I have found a new "go to" travel guide.
A useful, gorgeous way to explore Manhattan. 17 Nov. 2014
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I have been to New York City a few times now and feel as if I'm pretty familiar with the major highlights. I was hoping to find a book that could give me some fresh ideas and new things to look for, and this book definitely does that!

First note: this book primarily features Manhattan, which is what I think most tourists think of when they think "NYC." But, in fact, there's much to see in the other boroughs - Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island - but you won't find much mention of them here. Just understand that if you're thinking of buying this for a comprehensive view of the city.

I like that before the book takes a deeper look into areas of Manhattan, it starts with several "Best of" lists in a variety of categories - ie: Best Free Activities, Best with Kids, Best Green Spaces, etc. It also offers a "Best of" sample itinerary for a 4-day trip, along with best things to see/do each month, and a "Manhattan 101" about what you need do know/bring on your trip. So even if you only get 45 pages in to the book, you're loaded with some great information.

But then this guide dives down into each of the significant sections of Manhattan and gives you the nitty gritty on what to see and do. There are great maps and even suggested walking tours. The entry for each sight, restaurant, or activity gives the street address, website, hours, even which subways will get you there. It's incredibly thorough and I love the wide variety of listings for each part of Manhattan.

I feel like I could visit Manhattan 10 more times and still find new places to explore, thanks to this book. The maps and listings are very helpful, and the photos included throughout the pages are gorgeous. I'm so excited to make plans for our next trip, and will definitely be using this book as our guide!
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