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Product Details

  • Series: Full-color Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor's (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307929299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307929297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For New Yorkers and travelers, I recommend Fodor's New York City 2013.
Norma Lehmeierhartie
Although there aren't many suggested itineraries, there is so much information, that you can really plan that yourself.
R. Song
I'm using this guide now, and appreciate all the detailed information and helpful maps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Song on November 14, 2012
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Before I begin, let me say that I also have the 2011 Fodor's NYC travel guide. I gave that 5 stars, and so upon ordering this one, I must say I was not disappointed. They do a great job on travel guides.

Replete with detailed and various maps, historical tips, and tips from reviewers on Fodor's site, this book gives a great overview of NYC. The book goes thru the different areas on NYC, what you can expect from them, and goes even further into telling you what there is to do there. For example, It gives a map of the lower half of the island, and you can reference "lower Manhattan", and see that the new World Trade Center is being built (there's even a picture of what it's expected to look like, and when the various buildings are expected to be done) and it goes through which streets are quieter, louder, have better night life, etc. Of course all the museums are written about in detail, subway maps are provided (there are plenty of maps-including a fold out one at the end) and a guide to when the best time for you to go is. Although there aren't many suggested itineraries, there is so much information, that you can really plan that yourself.

If you're trying to save money, there're also sections on "What's Free in NYC" and price guides to restaurants and hotels. There are money saving tips provided throughout the book, as well as all the ins and outs of Broadway and every other section in the city. Each section is covered in detail, well written, and well photographed.

If you're looking for a ready made itinerary, this probably isn't for you. But if you're more of a DIY kind of traveler, who likes finding the back ways and knowing everything, this book is easy to read, well formatted, and not very heavy if you need to carry it around.

Overall, I can't say enough about how wonderful this book is, and how reliant on it I have become for my upcoming trip to NYC. Thank you Fodor's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Brody VINE VOICE on October 31, 2012
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FODOR'S NEW YORK CITY is a 541-page guidebook on high quality non-glossy paper. The book is by Arany, Basek, Vovino, Brenner, Chapnick, Farley, O'Halloran, Mutic, Rambow, Sussman, and Valhouli. Included is a large tear-out map, showing details of MID-TOWN Manhattan and LOWER Manhattan. Mid-town Manhattan is shown to include Central Park, Garment District, Columbia University, American Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim, and Times Square. Lower Manhattan is shown to include SoHo, Greenwich Village, ferry terminal, and Flatiron district. The reverse side of the map has a detailed map showing a 14-city block area filled with theaters, e.g., Music Box, Shubert, Miskoff, Second Stage, Belasco, and Lamb's.

CHAPTERS. The FODOR'S guidebook has twenty chapters, with titles such as, Lower Manhattan (Ch.2); SoHo, Nolita, Little Italy, & Chinatown (Ch.3); East Village (Ch.4); Greenwich Village (Ch.5); Chelsea (ch.6); Union Square, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park (Ch.7); Central Park (Ch.11); and so on. Thus, for the most part, this FODOR'S guidebook follows the geography of Manattan, and moves from south to north, as the pages progress from the beginning to the end.

PHOTOGRAPHS. Every other page has a color photo or color map. Pages 6-7 have a 2-page panoramic photo of BROOKLYN BRIDGE, in all its glory, with lower Manhattan in the background. A sailboat is in the foreground. Pages 16-35 have a dozen thumbnail photos showing, e.g., dinosaur in American Museum of Natural History, Statue of Liberty, David Letterman, and Times Square. The thumbnail section contains dozens of impulsively written blurbs. For example, we read that the LINCOLN CENTER features "bigwigs" such as Dave Brubeck and Arlo Guthrie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff & Wendy S TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
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It took over 10 respected travel writers to put this comprehensive book together. Over 500 pages, several hundred photos, and many color maps give a great overview of NYC.
I like how it breaks down each section of the city and gives star ratings for each one on sightseeing, shopping, dining, lodging, and nightlife. It is on par with all of the other recent, high-quality, Fodor's travel books, and reasonably priced considering the quality and the inclusion of a detachable map.

My only nit-picks: I would like to see a little more information on suggested tour itineraries - what you should see, and when you should see it based on how much time you have. There's a little of this, but not much. The other nit-pick, common to all the books in the series (and the competitors), and maybe there's no practical alternative since the book is already so large, is that while the book has hundreds of color photos, the sections on restaurants and hotels are just page after page of text (with a few exceptions). A thumbnail photo of a hotel or restaurant's exterior goes a long way in helping me decide which to investigate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Logan on July 25, 2013
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Its Ok but the version for kindle doesn't look so nice as the print, it could be great to have more friendly maps.
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Though I generally review books on entertainment as well as CDs and DVDs on Amazon this volume came to me through Amazon's Vine Reviewer program where they send selected books to reviewers in exchange for the posting of a review. You should see the "Amazon Voice" logo below my name for THIS review.

That said, I get to New York City about six times each year, usually for one day conferences or meetings - I'm less than two hours away. But every so often I'll stay overnight during a weekend (cheapest room nights) or do just a day of "touring", finding new places or revisiting old one.

This book is - other reviewers have said - BIG and HEAVY (560 pages or so). But that means it's thorough! I'm not sure I'd want to lug it around with me - unless I'm doing power walks and using the book for weight <g>. But as a planning tool I found it comprehensive. Also be aware that this is not just about Manhattan but the boroughs of Brooklyn (including Coney Island) , The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island - though the latter boroughs are only covered from a "tourist" standpoint and are smaller sections.

To put some things in perspective, the section on hotels runs about 50 pages. This is info you can use before you go but probably won't need when you get there. Also, there are so many hotels in NYC and the rates change by date, that using online travel sites like Trip Advisor (where there are hundreds of reviews for each hotel) is probably more useful than this section of the book.

That said, I'm impressed by the rest of the book from info not usually in guidebooks (best time to take walks and which neighborhoods are safer than others). Like fellow reviewer Jeff Sprauge I wish there were more "sample itineraries" with the length of time needed to accomplish them.
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