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Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets Hardcover – November 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition edition (November 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402733836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402733833
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I loved this book so much that I am planning to buy the other books in this series.
Camille Dickinson
New York State is full of small towns and big cities with all sorts of fun, crazy, and nosensical lore.
B. Wolinsky
Its interesting to read stories about places near where you live and you never even knew existed.
Brandon Hoffman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Paska on January 9, 2007
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Great fun for residents, former residents, and transplants alike. It gives a good "overview" of this great state. Unfortunately, it focuses more on one locale than all of them. Long Islanders should be in their glory because much of the "weirdness" takes place in their area of the state. I wish some of the stories could have been trimmed to include more of a variety. There's a treasure trove of incidents from Upstate New York, particularly in the Herkimer-Utica area, that would have been interesting to read about. Perhaps a sequel is in order?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KDMask VINE VOICE on November 20, 2007
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I picked this up because I recognized the photo on the front. That's the "waitress lady" I've passed for more than 40 years in a tiny town called Silver Creek NY. That's the glory of this book. Filled with wonderful color photos, you too will recognize the 'weird' of NY that you never realized was right under your nose. Did you notice the "Burger Family" in Glens Falls? Hear the creepy knock from the crypt on Rt 8? Just a great read. Since there are books for every state, they make wonderful gifts as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Camille Dickinson on August 7, 2006
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That's what I said to my husband after reading this book. I can't believe that there are so many interesting places to visit in NY. So we've put yellow stickies on each of our favorite places and we'll do weekend trips.

Wierd NY is well written and offers something for every age. The photos are beatifully done. I loved this book so much that I am planning to buy the other books in this series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Groves on October 18, 2006
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Weird NJ has been a mainstay of my magazine rack for years, and now Weird NY clues us in to cool spooky and strange things in New York State! And one of my pictures appears on a top righthand page (baby crib grave).

Collect all of the "Weird" books - even for states you may never visit, they are the coolest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Hoffman on December 12, 2006
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I first saw this book lying on a Specials table in a local bookstore. I picked it up, read a few exerpts and decided I have to had to have it. Weird New York is a collection of short stories and oddities regarding New York places, people and facinations. Although its a big book (almost 300 pages) its really affordably priced, a quick read and an absolute blast to read. Its interesting to read stories about places near where you live and you never even knew existed. I suggest this book to anyone with a fascination of the weird and wanting a lighthearted book to read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stantz on October 8, 2007
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For a book about Weird New York, you're tackling a huge, fertile topic, and yet this guide at times seems...boring. For some reason, in a state containing everything from metropolitan cities to towering mountains and sprawling lakes, the information presented is really not that interesting. A few abandoned places, some local folklore, even an analysis of popular myths like alligators in the sewers all seem somewhat mediocre for a place that very well should have some of the weirdest stuff on the planet. New York City itself, which seems like it could merit an entire volume, gets very few mentions in the guide.

Part of it is due to the writing. The author really doesn't seem very enthused by anything he's describing, and not that I really care for a Weird volume, but his prose is pretty bad at times. I bought this next to Joseph Citro's Weird New England, and the two are lightyears apart - in addition to being a good writer, Citro seems geuinely excited by every fact and tidbit he includes. Whereas here, Chris seems like he's just trying to fill a volume.

I give it three stars because it's still the best of its kind out there, and a decent coffee table book at that. But there are definitely some better Weird editions out there.
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By Mandy on June 19, 2014
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Purchased this book for my son who was making the move to the "Big Apple" have always has the "Weird" books around the house, and they have been such hits. So when he decided to make the move thought this was a good way for him to see just what New York had to offer beside the usual tourist stuff. He loved it as well as learned a lot. Highly recommend this or any of the other Weird books available.......
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By Jamie Smith on May 17, 2014
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Love this series. Has some great weird stuff. Can't wait to do some traveling to see some of these places.
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