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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Frommer's; 2nd edition (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470037202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470037201
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The outspoken guide that helpsyou find your inner cheapskate

  • Free Music: Classical music, jazz quartets, and cutting-edge bands.
  • Free Speech: A-list plays, quick-witted comedy, and readings by the world's hottest authors.
  • Free Food: The best happy hours, plus where to score delectabledirt-cheap eats––from the city's best burger to a sit-down meal in Soho.
  • Free Films: Outdoors and indoors, from indies to cult faves.
  • Free Classes: Take a morning tai chi class, learn to identify a good cabernet, or find out how to start your own business.

"In the land of $49 burgers and $1,000-a-night hotel rooms, author Ethan Wolff shows that the adventurous budgettraveler can still do the Big Apple in style. Written forresidents as well as visitors, this guide has plenty of goodclear maps and a chapter of free and cheap itineraries."
San Francisco Chronicle

"Great info . . . This irreverent insider's guide gets points for flagging overrated attractions."
The Washington Post

"When Ethan told me he was a specialist in adventure travel, I didn't realize that meant trying to find $5 dates in New York City."
—Janet Baca, former girlfriend

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About the Author

Ethan Wolff is a native New Yorker (born and raised in Virginia, but that was a geographic anomaly). He lives in the heart of the Bargin District, on the Lower East Side. His other books include Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Manhattan and Frommer's Memorable Walks in New York.

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Customer Reviews

Good tips, great resource, and a fun read.
mary_1979
There's nothing wrong with the book, really.
TheNewAmanda
Just purchased this book and it's amazing.
Pirrip

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By mary_1979 on June 6, 2006
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In planning for my first trip to NYC, I was faced with a veritable wall of guide books to pick from at my local library. Because I like to look for the offbeat when travelling, and because, well, I'm poor (hence, the library), this one caught my eye right away.

It had me at hello (or, more accurately, the introduction entitled "The Best Things In Life Are Free"). Wolff's prose has the perfect blend of knowledge and wit to really make the places he's writing about come alive, with solid historical insights where applicable (the sections on Coney Island were quick but fun reads, quite informative for a newbie like me) and plenty of reference materials to help you plan out your days (maps, addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation, etc.). Especially handy are the subway map and free events calendars printed on the inside front/back covers--efficient and helpful on the go.

I knew the real test would come when my host in Brooklyn took a look at it--she's studying museum education and having lived there her whole life, knows many of the nooks & crannies around town. When I started showing her the listings about places like the Forbes Galleries, the original Winnie the Pooh housed at the NY Public Library, and panorama of NYC at the Queens Museum of Art (all free or very cheap), her eyes lit up. And I knew we had a winner on our hands. If it could impress a city slicker like her, no wonder it had impressed a hayseed like me.

If you're looking for a book that can take you off the beaten tourist track, or even if you live in NYC and are looking for some fresh ideas for cheap entertainment, I really can't recommend this highly enough. Good tips, great resource, and a fun read.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Speshl J on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book even though I'm a native NYer. Mr. Wolff has some great suggestions. I wish the food section was bigger, but it's got some of my personal favs and he also pointed out a few that I have immediately fell in love with. He also missed a few that are similar to restaurants he talks about, ie for Vietnamese he mentions one, but I feel it's a runner-up to Pho Bang (best spring rolls and Pho in the city).

As for activities, we've tried a few free ones and that's where this book pays for itself. There are some terrific ideas listed here which you'd expect to pay for, but are free.

Great buy for NYer or visitor.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pirrip on November 10, 2004
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Just purchased this book and it's amazing. I've lived in NYC for over five years and I can't believe all the free stuff I never knew existed. This is a great resource just to have around the house. I'm sure it'd be cool for tourists too as a lot of the free or "dirt cheap" stuff is pretty cool.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on July 31, 2007
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I used this book recently on a weekend trip to visit my friend in Manhattan. Not only did I eat very well for very little money but my foodie friend was shocked that I (the visiter) was showing her these amazing hidden gems! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live well on a very low budget.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DTG on May 10, 2005
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This book was an amazing resource for just a few days in New York, but one that I will keep for years. In fact, I bought another copy for the friend that I stayed with in the city. The maps and directions were extremely accurate and well-organized by location in the city. If nothing else, there is an easy-to-read subway map of Manhattan in the back cover. Fantastic book overall.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mel on November 3, 2006
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Even though I was going to NYC for just a few days, I found good info

in this book. Inside the cover was a weekly schedule for free entrance

to several museums. This was very handy.

Actually, to get more use from the book, one should be there a little

longer, or, better still, move there. Wonderful advice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HigherEd Admissions on August 28, 2010
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Our Admissions Department has bought this tour guide for two years for Fall Orientation. It's helpful to people of all ages who are new to NYC, and also to those who are new to our particular neighborhood or different finances now that they are in grad school. Not only restaurants and places to stay, there's also info about inexpensive yoga, theatre, venues, markets, etc. It has a conversational tone that I really appreciate.

There's information for singles, families, couples. Students, people working. Visitors.

It's my favorite guide book to New York, which is how we got started.

Love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Engel on May 8, 2009
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I bought this book for each of our daughters in NYC - who already live there - - what a nice surprise that they are getting even more new ideas and ways to save $$$ and enjoy the city life.......
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