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The Unofficial Guide to New York City (Unofficial Guides) Paperback – April 19, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Unofficial Guides (Book 238)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470533277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470533277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

The renowned Unofficial Guides are trusted by millions of readers. No other series offers such candid evaluations; every hotel and attraction is rated and ranked by a team of unbiased inspectors, so readers can be sure they're spending their time and money wisely.

Each guide features detailed descriptions of a wide range of hotels and restaurants in all price categories, with all the details pulled out so they're extremely easy to scan. Readers love the rating system used to objectively evaluate attractions, hotels, and restaurants. Handy charts demonstrate how each place stacks up against the competition. There's a wealth of information -- enough to satisfy even the most compulsive planner.

Each Unofficial Guide is tailored to provide convenience and insider advice on the destination it covers, and addresses the needs of everyone from families to business travelers. Also included are accurate maps, plus detailed information on shopping, nightlife, sports, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide®:

  1. How to plan a trip that's safe and fun, with tips for packing and scheduling

  2. How to get the best prices on Broadway tickets and how to get into your favorite TV show

  3. How to pick accommodations, from hotels to B&Bs, plus tips on getting the best deal

  4. How to find the right restaurant for every taste and budget

  5. What to see (and what to skip) from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty and from the Battery to Brooklyn

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gotta pay yer dues if ya wanna sing the blues** on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Who wouldn't like to get the unofficial word on a big complex city? Who wouldn't like to feel that they were going to be able to find the places that make a city memorable, and that they weren't going to stick out as easy pickings while doing so?

These guide books promise, essentially, that you will know what you are doing before you've actually had the experience, removing some of the nasty anxiety of going horribly wrong as you set out to find urban magic. Some of their features are excellent. The hotel section, for instance, is comprehensive and gives several ways of looking for a hotel that might match your needs. Neighborhood overviews are also very fine.

HOWEVER! other aspects are both annoying and silly. Addresses are often wrong; hours of operation ditto; information about public transporation is (to be charitable) out-of-date. Nothing quite beats hopping confidently onto a bus with a pocket full of dollar bills, only to discover that busses only accept tokens or quarters.

They don't do badly at explaining what attitude you need to take to manage in New York, but neither do they do well. They hint, for example, at the importance of tipping, but do not convey the underlying fact that tipping in NYC is essentially small-time protection money. Not that that's a bad thing. Similarly, restaurant coverage was unimaginative, but maybe there is no way to predict whether a tourist would prefer a very very safe and bland experience, or is more adventurous and would prefer places where the locals eat. Even then, which locals?

This book helped us find a hotel that pleased us. Still, the other aspects annoyed us sufficiently that we left it behind in JFK before we took off.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
On a recent business trip, this guide offered everything I needed-- a cheap place to stay, some great places to eat, great rates on all the top attractions, and even Broadway shows without paying full price.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you need a guidebook that will help you plan an itinerary, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! This book, while chock-full of information, gives no practical tips whatsoever about how to arrange activities while touring. I read through it twice and came away with snippets of information but nothing that helped with actually planning how my family would spend each of our four days in the city. The index is incomplete and much of the information is sketchy at best. I would NOT recommend this as a resource, especially for first-time visitors.
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