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Moleskine City Notebook - New York, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (City Notebooks) Flexibound – January 1, 2008
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-Sleek & soft exterior is a Moleskine standard
-incredible detail of city & inner nyc metro area- both the subways and the tiniest residential streets are mapped, not just the Broadway/5th Ave/Union Sq etc
- plus bus map; index by street, by station name, by neighborhood map area (i.e. A1, B1, H12, etc)...
When I first moved to New York and was paranoid about looking like a tourist, the city notebook from Moleskine proved totally invaluable!
-Soft, classy, incredibly useful city guides -
--Fits EASILY into purse or pants pocket (provided they're not super tight or you don't mind the square shape obviously)
-It is, like Moleskine across the board, a thread-bound notebook - and offers PERFORATED PAGES!! It is SO useful to have some pages to detach without pulling apart the other half -
-even when pulling out normal pages, the threading is superior in design and I have never lost a page.
-It was an absolutely wonderful gift because I felt better with the notebook over a thick, awkward map or clearly clueless person's guide to the biggest little city in America.
-PERSONAL practicality: there is a little accordian folder in the back and it actually fits business cards + note cards + bits & pieces like scrap-paper ... it's awesome!
I stopped losing addresses once I kept things in that folder; cards don't fall out from the bottom like in normal notebooks.
-INCREDIBLY UNIQUE to have the post-it style clear tabs for use over the street maps - you can stick it over one page of the map and draw a map route or mark where a favorite place is, and they even have a corresponding key of places you loved, would avoid, must go back to, etc. They are cute phrases too, a very individual-oriented approach, as it's definitely a good gift to yourSELF in YOUR city!!
--And in pencil, it's Totally temporary! won't smudge at all and also erases well!! (just dont press hard - that wouldn't erase from paper either)
BOTTOM LINE SUMMARY: You cannot go wrong as an owner, recipient, local, traveler, or giver of this notebook - unless you were expecting a standard outline of attractions and/or suggestions. I am stunned to see that it has less than 5 stars, and think it's unfair to blame the product when the consumer misunderstood. Yes, I naturally agree that if you prefer city insights there are sources for you and this will be your daily guide - While we're on that, I'd recommend Top 10 for very brief visits and Lonely Planet for long, exhaustive city exploration - or Not For Tourists (NFT) somewhere in between - and yes, it does say that on the front.
MOLESKINE CITY NOTEBOOK- a note book and a stunning combination of
map+ notepad+ folder for business cards/little notes+ personal musings+ perforated pages for neat removal+ marking spots on map with flexibility to erase+ sleek, elegant design+ calendar+ closure band+ single-side folder across from accordian folder (AMAZING! SO USEFUL!)+ practical size+ fun approach to travel+ subtle and unique
and I honestly could go on, and am getting another one now :)
That is when this notebook comes in handy. The best parts are the subway map and the street index, made it so easy to find places after one or two times, and at least the notebook won't shut down like iphone. It's nice to finally use an actual map again, plus there's no signal in subway stations, so you'll need the map to be sure.
For anyone who loves to travel and be a little better organized, this notebook will save you tons of time and maybe the best thing you'll bring with you to NYC. LOVE it. Will purchase the London edition next.
The maps and other "helpful" pages are found in the front, and the section for your entries is in the back. The tracing paper puzzles me. Right now I don't see the point, but maybe in future I might want to use it.
The size, while not exactly meant for a standard pocket, is still compact. (If they'd made it any smaller the maps would have been useless).
Within an hour of receipt I'd already started hacking it:
1 - Added a second pocket to the inside of the front cover using an old clear plastic baseball card slip cover (attached with gift wrapping decorative cello tape).
2 - Used the cello tape to create tabs on the map pages I use most.
3 - Used cut out squares of post-it notes (the sticky edge of course) to mark the maps with places I've been and/or will be going
4 - Added a small pad of post-it notes to the back of the book (again, using the decorative tape)
5 - Printed out the local train schedules and taped them in on the last page
You can do whatever you want with these books. They're versatile, well made, and gorgeous.
I've already bought/received the 18-month day planner, and will be purchasing the passions music journal as well.
I bought this book in January when I was looking for a planner - what I've been doing is printing out my gcal a few weeks in advance and pasting them into some of the blank pages, for a personalized planner I can write on when I'm in meetings or on the subway. (I plan on getting a new one next year when I run out of extra pages) The maps are very comprehensive, and when I find something in the city I like, or someone recommends a place to me, or I visit a friend's house, I just write it onto the map. Then I've also added a few quick reference pages for myself (yoga schedules, class assignments, lists of books I want to read). I keep an extra metro card in the back pocket for those days when I leave mine in yesterday's pants pocket.
So, basically, I'm obsessed with this book, and I use it every few hours. I had been planning on getting a smart phone, but it seems much less necessary now...
The only downside? I've ony had it four months and it's falling apart because I use it so much. So now I'm on amazon shopping for good book repair tape :(
Oh, and one other thing - the regular maps have the subway stops marked but not WHICH subways stop at each one (you have to check the foldout subway map for that). Minor irritation - I just write the subway lines in as I use the stops.