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Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City Paperback – Illustrated, March 24, 2009
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"As a longtime New Yorker, I never tire of walking the streets and uncovering something new about the world's most fascinating city, where every street has a story to tell. Inside the Apple is a gem of a book, filled with nuggets about New York's extraordinary past, from the sidewalks up. Whether you are a tourist exploring for the very first time or a seasoned walker in the city, this book is a must." -- Kenneth C. Davis, author of the bestsellers America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About® History
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 141658997X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416589976
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.44 inches
- Publisher : Free Press; Original ed. Edition (March 24, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #396,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I first got the kindle version, but did not find it to be very useful. You need to flip back and forth sometimes in the book because there are maps and such. So I got the paperback and I love it. Very informative book on NYC history and the famous people who helped built this city.
Update: After reading some of the reviews it seems some tourists have bought this book as a means to sightseeing. If you plan on doing that I would highly recommend you get another book specifically for that purpose. This book is not a travel guide, but more of a history book and the maps and such are only there to supplement the telling of the history of this great city. However this can make a great supplement to a travel guide if you are a tourist. I am a NY native, but I learned a lot from this book. For example, I learned that the reason "Wall Street" is named such is because back in the late 1600's there was a literally a big wall there! Built to protect New Yorkers from British colonists and it was built by a collaboration of NY volunteers, residents and black african slaves. Perhaps this rare culture of black slaves working side by side with free men was the reason why in the 1700's "The New York Manumission Society" was founded... which was a group of white males who thought slavery was ungodly and wrong and they fought to abolish it. This society also founded a school specifically meant to educate the children of black slaves so that they could grow up to compete in the market place as free adults. All this and more happened right here in NY! I walked these streets for years not understanding their meaning and now I do.
The book itself is mainly a look at Manhattan's history focusing mainly on the history surrounding its buildings and other locations. The idea of the book was to write about places that can still be visited today. There are stories of New York's most famous places such as Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, along with many others.
Even though the book stays mostly in Manhattan, I found the information in it to be absolutely fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of New York City.
You can read the book 2 ways. You can either go on a self-guided walking tour with 1 of the many tours provided in the back of the book, and then when you get to a location, you can stop and read its 1-3 page history. Or you can read the book in chronological order and then take a tour, using the book for reference.
I took so many friends on the Greenwich Village tour that I feel like I'm a subject expert now. If you want to tour the city on your own, buy this book! If you are interested in the history of NY, buy this book!
It's something I will always go back to and reference when I hear something about NYC history.
Top reviews from other countries
I bought this book so that I would know something of the history of main sites before I get there. Great descriptions of all places I am planning to visit and of others I have never heard of. I have read this book twice now, insisted that my wife reads it before we leave for our trip and will pass it on to others.
Would recommend for anyone with an interest in the history of the city not just anyone planning on visiting. It has even improved my enjoyment of programmes such as Mad men which rely on a little knowledge of a city to put a story and character into context. Go buy and enjoy!