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Off the Beaten (Subway) Track: New York City's Best Unusual Attractions Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Let me add that most travelogues are written in a dry style. That is certainly not the case here. With wit and warmth, Ms. Reisman conveys a love of NYC and its hidden treasures.
We bought a book called something like NYC ON $15 A DAY. OFF THE BEATEN TRACK is much better. There are plenty of museums and attractions on every subject in the Big Apple, but I think most first time visitors consider most places either on 5th Avenue or Off 5th Avenue. If it is in the Off 5th Avenue category, then it might be too hard to find.
Ms Reisman gives you excellent directions, by street or by subway.
The places visited are presented in almanac style, kind of. It gets right to the meat of the matter, and gives you a good descriptive run-down of just what the museum or attraction is trying to do. But not without throwing in her excellent wit.
And for no extra charge, if there is an eatery with character near the attraction described you will get a run-down on it too and maybe even some advice on what to order or what not to order. The eateries are highlighted in a shaded gray and has some kind of symbol that looks like two shoes doing the two-step.
The book is designed to easily find things. They are divided into different segments, such as Lower Manhattan, Middle Manhattan, the Bronx, etc. And on top of that you have an index. If you wanted to check out the Forts, go to the index and look up Forts. She made it as easy as it can be to find places, the next step would be she met you with a cab as you stepped out of your hotel, and she asked you, "Where you folks from? Whacha wanna see?"
I think it is a great tour guide book.
The author's personality & preferences shine through in the writing. I counted no less than 5 times the use of the word 'ginormous' to describe certain attributes. This tome cannot be all-inclusive due to the sheer number of obscure sites, but it does run the gamut, covering most anything you can think of. From Edgar Allan Poe's cottage to the Masonic Hall to the Steinway Piano Factory to the Coney Island Museum, you can find something to interest almost anyone.
This book highlights a lot of little-known and interesting places all over the city that are easily accessible on public transportation. The wide range of places means that anyone can find something of interest. It is organized by location, so the visitor can plan on doing several things with one trip and gives great directions on how to get there and what to expect. A little bit of the history of each place rounds out the vivid descriptions, so I felt like I was actually visiting the places just by reading. What a great and out of the ordinary guide-book!
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This is a guide to little know museums and attractions in New York City. It gives insight into each listed site along with addresses and web links. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fred Danysh
Yep if you like to do the offbeat instead of the touristyPublished 19 months ago by Clarassia Hope Fulcher
I was expecting more interesting fare here. And given the price I paid for it when I ordered it, it was NOT worth it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DeManda
Great book if you like wandering around New York, looking for new experiences and attractions. Whether you are traveling alone or with the family, there is enough variation here... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Jim Costello
Living in New York City, I found very little new. This is common knowledge. We were looking for hidden placesPublished on May 21, 2013 by Jesse James
OF COURSE FIRST TIME VISITORS TO NEW YORK CITY ARE KEEN TO SEE THE 'BIG' SIGHTS, BUT I ALSO LIKE THE SMALL STUFF AND OFF THE BEATEN TRACK STUFF TOO. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by PAULINE MADDEN
This is a very good volume, if you look for the unusual yet interesting treasures of New York. Good for city residents as well as tourists. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by URIEL MESHOULAM
Mostly museums, nothing thrilling. If I had looked at it in a bookstore I would have left it on the shelf. That's the test isn't it?Published on August 4, 2010 by ctbill