Insta-Q&A: Gotham's Best Guide
Thanks to ever-expanding entertainment options and skyrocketing prices in the city that never sleeps, there's never been a better time to come to grips with New York. Hence today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who'd like to hear your opinions on the Big Apple's best guidebook. If you've got a favorite you'd like to recommend, by all means tell us for Tom of Washington's benefit. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom writes: I'd like a recommendation for a guidebook to New York City. I've never been there and would like to begin to take some two or three-day trips to see some of the sights. I realize it's a big city and I don't want to try to pack everything in to one or two trips. I would like a book(s) that could recommend some planned 2-3 day itineraries in addition to general information about the city, museums, lodging, food and logistics. I'm a middle-aged man (assuming I live to 116) and will likely travel some with my wife, who in addition to the sights loves vintage clothing. Any recommendations?
This is not an exercise for the meek. Typing the words "New York City guide book" into the search bar at Amazon.com produces 947 hits, and that's just in the book category. Given such a literary output, your best bet is to consider your own interests. Chances are good there will be a guidebook for you, whether your passions run to vegetarianism, archaeology, nature, tea, history, birding, comics, trees, hiking with dogs, dive bars, housing, bicycling ...
You get the idea.
But there are also good general books about New York City, most by the usual suspects. For the timeliest, most up-to-date information, familiarize yourself with publications such as Time Out, the Village Voice, and The New York Times. And don't forget our own recent guide to 24-hour excursions in the city. I myself am a big fan of the Not for Tourists guide, and also a handsome little book called IDEO Eyes Open: New York, which I'll be happy to send a copy of to the reader who submits the best suggestion for a great New York guidebook for novices.
By Scott Vogel |
May 14, 2008; 6:11 AM ET
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