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Blue Guide New York (Fourth Edition) (Blue Guides) Paperback – August 17, 2008

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About the Author

Carol V. Wright is the author of Blue Guide New York and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York City. Born on Staten Island, she lives in Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Series: Blue Guides
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Guides Limited of London; Fourth Edition edition (August 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905131232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905131235
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on November 2, 2008
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Whether or not THE BLUE GUIDE NEW YORK is useful to you depends on what you need it for. It is quite heavy (1.6 pounds), making it impractical for the traveler who is going to be in New York for only a few days. It offers rather exhaustive information on subjects that the casual tourist may have little interest in, such as history and architecture. I would not recommend it to the first-time visitor who is only going to be in town a short time. However, this is the recommended book for people preparing to take the New York City Bureau of Consumer Affairs' licensing exam to become a tour guide. I've lived in New York for more than 40 years and I found every page loaded with useful facts that I was not aware of. I learned the architects of every major building in town, where the stone used to build those buildings was quarried, as well as the artists who were responsible for the internal and external decoration, not to mention the political machinations that were necessary to begin construction. It provides floor plans of the major museums and detailed descriptions of the collections they contain. But this is probably too much information for the average tourist. This is a book for those with a passionate interest in the world's most exciting city. If you don't fall into that category, you'd be better off looking elsewhere. But I personally find the book an extremely useful reference that I'm sure I will be consulting for years to come. Four stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Mulligan on September 27, 2011
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The Blue Guide is essential reading for anyone who is serious about learning New York City. Well written and with meticulous research, each neighborhood and district is described, with a brief mentions of historical events important to that neighborhood. It works very well when reading it with Google Earth, a bit slow going, but every building mentioned can be looked at on Street View.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vinay Raval on July 23, 2013
The insight provided from this book is truly amazing. As a native New Yorker, I enjoyed the variety of content and the quality of its presentation. Although "reference-like", this is a great book to read page-by-page over several weeks. Doing so will increase your overall knowledge and assist in your retention of information. For example, I can't imagine how lost I would have been in the main sections without having read the architecture primer in the beginning. As a result of carefully reading this book, I passed the NYC Sightseeing Exam on the first go (harder than you likely think), and look through my home city in a completely different light. This probably isn't the best choice for a quick visit to NYC but is the perfect starter for those who live in NYC and wish to see it from a different light. I have never come across a better researched book, and am unlikely to do so. If ever a product deserved five stars - this is it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clare on March 30, 2013
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The required handbook for obtaining your tour guide license, with absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about New York.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ileana Jesus on May 1, 2014
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The BOOK IS DRY READING but if you want good information about the city on New York this is a def must buy book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harry Matthews on August 14, 2009
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If you want a compact, portable, and encyclopedic guide to New York, this should be your first choice. In fact, your only choice. There are books with more nuanced and detailed history, books with more practical details, books with better maps and illustrations, and books with more style and attitude. But for a systematic, fact-packed stroll through the streets of Gotham, this is it. As a professional guide, I have a large library of books on New York City; this is the one I carry it with me for quick reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on December 10, 2012
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The most detailed and helpful guide I've found. The author gives details of murals on buildings, maps of major museums, and just good all-round information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed on May 1, 2013
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I loved this book. It is detailed and good for people that really want to know all the info about NY.
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