Top positive review
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Basic and useful
on 1 December 2012
The Lonely Planet series is usually substance without frills and this New York City guide certainly falls into that category. Lots of good fundamental information about the real estate, culture and shopping venues of the city--written with a first-time visitor in mind. All the boroughs and sections of Long Island are given some space here, although Manhattan and Brooklyn get the most attention. The guide opens with the authors' idea of the 16 iconic and must-see aspects of NY and takes off from there. The book's greatest strength is probably its general overview of the place. It includes a modest number of suggestions for lodging, food and entertainment. Lodging possibilities can and should be researched further on the Internet where the list of hotels, inns, etc. is huge and bargains do exist.
Shopping gets special attention on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. Good approach, but if you're a first-time visitor to NYC using this guide, keep in mind that stores tend to come and go frequently and even annual sales events can change dates from year to year. The guide includes a "Month-by-Month" calendar of events, but this is very limited and doesn't come near to mentioning the hundreds happening hour-by-hour every day of the week. If you use this guide, you'll want to supplement with New York Magazine, The New Yorker, etc. to get a full cultural schedule.
Overall, this is a pretty good effort that probably will work best for the newcomer who can't or doesn't want to get bogged down in the overwhelmingness of the Big Apple. Priced at a moderate $19.99.