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My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places Paperback – October 4, 2011
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“In focused sections ranging from parks to nightlife, 300 famous New Yorkers–including actors, athletes, authors, musicians, and politicians–relay their favorite thing about New York City. Salman Rushdie and Gayle King are both fond of Shake Shack's caramel milkshakes, Woody Allen reveals where he performs with his jazz band every Monday night, several folks mention the excellent Hudson River bike path, and Sam Champion of Good Morning America even gives a tour of his favorite spots along that route. In the shopping chapter, costume designer William Ivey Long lists some of the Antiques Garage finds that have inspired his work. In the final chapter, stars reveal their favorite landmarks, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Frick Collection, Yankee Stadium, and Grand Central Station. With addresses and contact listings for locations provided (when applicable), this book is an excellent resource for tourists, while even lifelong New Yorkers will find some new places to explore.” ––Publishers Weekly (11/28/11)
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Jeryl joined In Style magazine in its infancy in 1994, and remained on staff for nine years. As a correspondent at the magazine, she wrote items for nearly every section of the magazine. One of her regular columns was "On the Phone," where she gave a celebrity a cell phone and called the star at random during the week. She also wrote "Lookback," the magazine's final page. Since beginning her freelance career in 2003, she has covered travel, trends, celebrities, food, fashion, and entertainment.
"Freelancing offers such a delicious variety of experiences," says Jeryl. Her work has taken her to the Lord of the Rings premiere in New Zealand; to a luxurious spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and to the hospital in St. Remy, France where Vincent Van Gogh painted The Starry Night. "I adore the reporting process," she says. "It's like peeling the layers of an onion until you get to the freshest and most pungent part. Always curious, I cannot think of a time when I was afraid to ask questions. As a child, I used to come up with subjects that interested me, but knew little about, and spent hours in the library investigating (that was long before computers and the internet! I miss the card catalog.) There was something so exciting about the quest. Now I get to and ask questions for a living. And with writing, there's something liberating about having a blank screen and painting with words."
Jeryl lives in New York City. She cherishes walking though Central Park, is absolutely mad for The Musée Rodin in Paris (especially the Camille Claudel room), will never walk out of a play (no matter how bad it is), wonders if you can say you've read a book if you only listen to it, gets a buzz from one sip of pink champagne, always leaves hotel rooms very neat, is gaga for her super cool nephews and has downloaded an embarrassing amount of show tunes on her iPod.
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To check the book's "cred", I looked for places that I know well and would have picked for a specific chapter. For example, I have been a member of The ICP since it opened and sure enough, there it was and the description was spot on. The Frick Collection is in there too (great first date spot). Of course Grand Central is covered and described properly. (Yes, it's a Terminal...) The admonition to "look up" is sage advice. However, I didn't see anyone telling you that you need to look in the north west corner for the small dark soot smudge on the ceiling - that's the only place not cleaned in the last refurbishment and a reminder of its history bathed in smoke. (Go look, I'll wait.) Plus, in the holiday season, they have a great laser light and sound show for travelers and gawkers alike (I'm always in the second category).
For the food choices, they had all of the easy ones - Per Se, Pastis, Lupa, Rao's and some of my semi-secret favorites like "Good Enough To Eat" and "Tartine". Plus, I read about a few I will try - Big Nick's Pizza Joint, Eatery and Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs - all sound good and will be on my short list.
I was a little surprised that there was an entire Central Park section. After all, it's that huge green swathe in our concrete jungle and magnet for anyone starved for fresh air and a bit of blue sky.Read more ›
After reading this book, I found new things to see and new ways to see them.
Whether you live there or just visit - or maybe you never have but want to, this book allows you to see things and know things that may have been overlooked.
I highly recommend this book because there isn't a soul alive that doesn't love NYC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so cool. I love New York anyway, but this book made me love it even more.Published 7 months ago by Lucia
This was a nice companion to a few other NYC books I got for my husband. Its a fun read, but once you've read it, its not exactly a reference for the future.Published 10 months ago by Book loving mom
As a born and bred resident of the Lower East Side I think New York has lost a lot of it's originality as it has become 'gentrified'. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Harry Black
I read this book and I feel like being transported to New York. Also for me that I have been there many times provides clues on typical places worth seeing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hotrao
Fun little book. Tells you a lot of cool "secret" NYC dives. Not that many "A-list" celebs inside. It's like a little bathroom book in my opinion :)Published 22 months ago by Adrienne
This is a list of comments and recommendations by NYC residents and visitors. I expected much more but it is still a good book.Published on September 26, 2013 by Raymond J. Ramirez
What a lark!
This book was entertaining, gun, and informative!!!!
Anyone who loves or doesn't love NYC should read this!
This is a fun read; well done. Would suggest it for anyone going to
the Big Apple - for first trip or a return. Very useful.