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I spend lots of time in New York and am endlessly curious about the streets, buildings and businesses in Manhattan and surrounding boroughs.
But guidebooks give me grief. They scream "tourist-alert," of course, to everyone within a city block, but it's more than that. Guidebooks are heavy. Clunky. Confusing. Guidebook users are typically found hunched over in the middle of busy sidewalks, noses stuck between pages as they frantically search for reference points.
Well, City Walks: Architecture/New York provides an ingenious alternative to guidebooks, whether you're a regular visitor to New York, a resident or a first-time tourist.
Rather than a book, it's actually a a handsome box filled with a deck of 25 single-fold cards. Each 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" card serves up an architectural walking tour through a NY neighborhood in Manhattan (plus a few outer boroughs).
They're all there. SoHo. Lower East Side. Upper East Side. Harlem. Wall Street. Central Park. On and on. Plus several cards covering important landmarks like Rockefeller Center (where the author says you'll find the best view of the city), Fifth Avenue, the Brooklyn Bride and United Nations. Most walks can be taken in an hour or two -- and all start and finish at subway stations (they even tell you which trains to catch).
Each card has a dramatic photo on the front, succinct and crisp narrative on the inside spread and an easy-to-follow tour map on the back. When you're heading to a specific area of New York, just stick a card or two in your pocket or purse, and off you go. No more fumbling through dog-eared guidebooks or scratching your head over your whereabouts.
The author of the narrative, Alissa Walker (perfect name for a walking-tour writer, huh?Read more ›
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