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The Historic Shops and Restaurants of New York: A Guide to Century-Old Establishments in the City (Historic Shops & Restaurants Series) Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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Editorial Reviews

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"...a lovely travel companion..." -- The Washington Post

"This small but stately book offers a different way of seeing the city...and a wealth of details." -- The Los Angeles Times

About the Author

ELLEN WILLIAMS is the author of The Historic Restaurants of Paris, Picasso’s Paris, and the award-winning The Impressionists’ Paris. She edited Alexander Liberman’s The Artist In his Studio and Keith Haring Journals. She was born in Greenwich Village, where she lives with her daughter.

STEVE RADLAUER is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles for a range of publications including New York magazine, Esquire, Spy, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He is a native New Yorker.

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Product Details

  • Series: Little Bookroom: Historic Shops & Restaurants
  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145154
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a native New Yorker who has spent the past five years living in other cities, and being a little homesick, I still read the New York Times every day.
As I was reading the morning paper, I found an ad for this book, ordered it, and immediately fell in love with it! It is beuatifully laid out and wonderfully written. What's more, I always thought that I knew a ton about the city, but I learned so much from reading this book -- I had no idea that some of the restaurants and shops reviewed in the novel were so old. I also read about some really interesting places that I had never heard of.
I plan to give this book as a holiday gift to all of my fellow New Yorker friends -- both to those who are far away from the city they love, and to those who are right at home!
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By A Customer on September 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
New York can be a shopping paradise or shopping hell. One thing that anyone can always use is a real New Yorker to guide one through the city. That's what this book is. It's like having a best friend show you the way around, to the best places, the best shops you don't find in travel guides or online.
As a former New Yorker, this book took me back to the streets, the way it is to really experience it -- on foot, not from a taxicab or a rental car. The authors clearly know their way around. From bargains to classics to places just full of colourful history and anecdotes, it's a holiday guide for more than just shoppers. In fact, even New Yorkers will benefit from the pages of info, presented in a fun-filled, rewarding style. There are places I'd gone to for years and yet never knew so much about until reading this book. In fact, it's so much fun, it's like a weekend in New York. Okay, maybe not, but it sure will make you want to get there.
Now if we could only get one like this for Los Angeles... Oops, wait, that's impossible. I think I'm just missing New York...
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"Book arrived before promised date! Interesting book, particularly if you are a New Yorker and are familiar with some of these locales. The bars and restaurants sections struck a personal note as I have eaten, drank and "hung out" in these joints for years. On the downside this volume was published in June 2002 so many of the places mentioned are just "dust in the wind."
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The listings in this book are like old friends. See them before they all fade away.
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I'm fascinated with the history of New York, and I love the Victorian and Edwardian eras in the city's perspective. This book is packed with great stories about the founders of the said shops and restaurants, quick business histories and what to look for once inside the joint.

Makes an original and very thoughtful gift, and is a great addition to any New York lover's library.
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