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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2003
This was my bible when visiting New York for the first time! It's small enough to fit in your handbag yet so packed with information that i felt lost without it! It lists resteraunts, tourist attractions, shops, markets, museums, attractions for children, scenic places to visit and lots more. This guide lets you in on secrets that you would not find out from other guides. It tells you the best time to visit places, when certain attractions are on, prices, adresses and a brief background of the place. It also includes a map of Manhatten and a subway map, which are all very vital when you are searching for that well earned Krispy Kreme store!
A must have guide for anyone visiting New York.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2002
Having read the 'Rough Guide' full version, I was half expecting a lot of the information in the mini guide to be left out, but oh contrare, it was still packed with loads of information,and in a more realistic package for those of us who don't have a year to see everything ! It's a great size for reference, fitting snuggly in your pocket, so your head is not constantly in your book missing the sights and sounds going on around you !
I was very impressed, and the maps are very clear and precise.
Once again, as always, the rough guide team have done a fantastic job - Well done.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2000
This book was invaluable to us on our first visit to New York. It has some very useful information needed as preparation before travelling, such as recommendations for transportation between airport and accommodation, tipping, personal safety etc. Once in N.Y. 'The Rough Guide' became almost as precious as our passports. It came with us everywhere, and was responsible for making our holiday the success it was. We were travelling with three kids under the age of eleven, and the chapter 'Kids New York'pointed us in the direction of some excellent museums. Equally the 'Eating' chapter steared us away from the restaurant chains and provided us with some wonderful meals(WARNING:very challenging to the waistline!). Our only criticism would be, that it would have been more useful if the maps contained at the back of the book had, in some way been detachable. It was very difficult to read about the location of say, the Dakota Building, and then have to turn the book around and study the relevant map. In conclusion, this guide has been well thumbed and we hope to repeat our visit to the Big Apple later in the year.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2002
Before heading off to New York for a week's sightseeing and shopping, I read this guide from cover to cover (well, nearly) and wrote down all the things I wanted to see. I'm a firm believer in planning holidays so that you don't waste an hour each morning deciding what you're going to do. I found the Mini Rough Guide had just enough information for the first-time visitor with only a week to see the city. Any more detail, and I would have been swamped and not got around to finishing it.
It mentions some great places to see, and not just the major tourist attractions that we've all seen or heard about before, like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, but also some out of the way places and interesting buildings that you might want to pop into and have a look at on your way down the street.
If you've been to New York before and have seen all the touristy things, or have more than a couple of weeks up your sleeve, it describes various districts within NYC in enough detail to allow you to spend the morning exploring an area in great detail, describing the history of the area and some interesting facts about various streets and buildings.
I found that the restaurant section was a little limited, giving only one or two restaurants in each area and in each food type. But I suppose it is a Mini Rough Guide and if they put all the restaurants in New York City in this guide, it would be as big as the Yellow Pages.
Overall - Informative, interesting, brief and too the point, and doesn't weigh too much
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2002
I bought this book last week to help plan a trip to New York and I was not disappointed. It has helped to plan everything from getting there and accommodation to what to do and how to get about. It also includes street maps in each area, and of the hundreds of places it lists a small review/description accompanies.
As a plus point there is also a lot of historical information tucked in which can make the book as much a good read as a travel companion. This book will not let you down. If you're going to New York and need some guidance then BUY IT NOW!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2005
I was lucky enough to borrow this book last year from a friend on my first visit to NYC. I'm going again and have not found a better book, so am buying my own this time! Comprehensive maps and information, everything you need really, and as previously mentioned its small enough to keep in your handbag!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 1999
This is the best of the bunch of New York books I was given before I moved over here 6 months ago and since then has been used by myself and the multitude of friends who have visited. It goes over the usual Empire State etc, but also points out history, culture etc for the various bits of New York and some useful bits on the little things like getting your hair cut!!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2004
As a general rule, I tend to prefer Lonely Planet guides as they have colour photos and are usually slightly more compact. However, the Rough guide is better in a couple of areas, mainly the nightlife and where to eat sections. This book also has some useful hints, such as the best time to visit museums etc and mentions some more out of the way places/ buildings that are worth a visit. A bit bulky but great to keep in your hotel room to plan what you want to see the following day or where to eat that night (Carmine's, Times Square off 7th Ave, is well worth a visit if there are more than 4 of you).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2006
rather out of date. The restaurants hold closed or moved. The prices for attractions were all wrong. The only bit that was correct was the history. The big version was fine which is on its 9th edition. Look out for the second edition as the map is good and it is pocket size.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2000
What we would have done in this crazy city without our Rough Guide I dread to think! It is clear and practicle, and like all of the Rough Guides it includes loads of easy-to-find information. But more than that, the book is written in a fun and absorbing style, which makes me want to read it even when I'm not travelling. Well worth the investment.
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