New York City Travel
We assume you will pick up your own DK Eyewitness, Fodor, Frommer, Lonely Planet or Rough Guide guidebook to New York City if you go. Listed below are some interesting books about New York City that you might not run across in the travel section of a typical bookstore.
Walking New York: The Best of the City
This is a streamlined, itinerary-driven guide, created in a handy, take-along format by National Geographic. It is divided into Whirlwind Tours and Neighborhoods.
QH105.N7 D39 2007
Naturalist Day (The Elisabeth Morrow School/Bank Street College of Education) presents a natural history of New York City's lesser-known parks, their wildlife, plants, and geology.
F128.18.F735x 2008 1st ed.
This compilation is by James and Michelle Nevius, authors of Inside the Apple (see below).
Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York
GT2853.U5 G75 2009
Former New York Times restaurant critic (1999-2003) Grimes chronicles the history of eating out in New York City from the early 1800s to the present.
Lox, Stocks, and Backstage Broadway: Iconic Trades of New York City
Library of Congress "folklife specialist" Nancy Groce digs up older trades such as water tower building, bialy making, and lox smoking that have declined in practice in most of the country, but still thrive in contemporary New York City. "The book, which grew out of the Smithsonian Institution's New York City Project, reads like a guided tour of the city without the hassle of climbing on and off a tour bus." -- ALA Booklist
Gastropolis: Food and New York City
GT2853.U5 G37 2009
This collection of essays on food in New York City, begins with its founding in 1624 and chronicles subsequent waves of immigrants, their foods and foodways and how they have been amalgamated into New York cuisine.
Brooklyn Was Mine
F129.B7 B823 2008
A tribute to New York City's most literary borough-featuring original nonfiction pieces by today's most celebrated writers. Of all the urban landscapes in America, perhaps none has so thoroughly infused and nurtured modern literature as Brooklyn.
On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park
F128.65.H54 L34 2012x
On the High Line is an engaging, friend-at-your-side guide to everything that a visitor sees when strolling through the park: the innovative gardens and their thousands of plants from around the world; the architecture, both old and new; and the neighborhood.
Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Fusing history, lore, politics, culture, and on-site adventures, esteemed essayist and author Phillip Lopate takes us on an exuberant, affectionate, and eye-opening excursion around Manhattan's shoreline.
Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City
This extremely thorough and comprehensive sidewalk-level guide is written by a husband and wife tour guide team and includes 14 walking tours.
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Geared towards new residents, NFT guides are books of maps. Each map appears twice; page opposite each map page contains alternating listings identified as "essentials" (containing the headings: banks, car rental, car washes, gas stations, hospitals, libraries, parking, pharmacies, post offices, schools, supermarkets) and "sundries/entertainment" (containing the headings: clubs, coffee, copy centers, farmer's markets, gyms, hardware stores, liquor stores, movie theaters, nightlife, pet stores, restaurants, shopping, video rental).
Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets, and Waterways
F129.B7 O56 2007x
Onfori, a native New Yorker, travel writer and tour guide, takes readers on 30 walking tours of Brooklyn, relating what readers will see along the way and the history, culture, and trivia, as well as providing information on points of interest such as restaurants, museums, parks, and nightlife.
Arthur Schwartz's New York City Food
Although it contains more than 100 legendary recipes, this book emphasizes the history of New York City food, including restaurants and ethnic groups (Germans, Irish, Jews, Italians, etc.). Very nicely illustrated with historic and current photos.
Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife
QH541.5.C6 W56 2008
You don't think of wildlife in New York City? Winn and a group of bird-watchers study the nocturnal inhabitants of New York's famous park.
97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement
GT2853.U5 Z54 2010
The families in the tenement at 97 Orchard are just a starting point for this history of New York immigrant eating habits. Ziegelman begins with a German family and describes the popularity of beer halls and sauerkraut, moves on to an Irish family that essentially has no food traditions after being starved by the English. Then she describes the German and Russian Jewish food traditions and closes with the Italians. A very readable food history.
This eight episode series by Ric Burns chronicles the history of New York City from its beginnings in 1609 as a Dutch trading post, through the depression, onto the turbulent years of change in the following decades after WWII, to its present day status as one of the most important and influencial cities in the world. There is a companion book and PBS web site.
Browse the Catalog
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Online City Guides
This is the city's official tourism web site, brought to you by NYC & Company -— the city's official tourism marketing organization.
Manhattan User's Guide
called "the best insider's guide" by the New York Post, publishes a monthly newsletter –now exclusively online – that features the best of New York. With 8 years of searchable, constantly updated, articles.
New York City
The Official New York City government website provides information on city agencies, programs and services, and links to external sites on cultural, educational, and recreational activities. Click on their "Visitors" section for information on where to stay and eat, what to do and see, and how to get around.
Watch TV shows about New York City online
- NYC Media
Guides to hotels, attractions, music, nightlife, restaurants, etc.
New York Magazine
Includes weekend getaways, best of New York Eating, Cheap Eats, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, etc.
New York Times: Travel: New York City
A collection of free articles and multimedia from The Times as well as hotel, restaurant, sightseeing information and travel tips from Fodor's.
Time Out: New York
One of a series of City Guides from a British Publisher. This is a good guide to inexpensive and moderate restaurants and accommodations.
Apple Core Hotels
Apple Core Hotels is a private company that runs five affordable hotels in the middle of downtown Manhattan: Comfort Inn, La Quinta, Red Roof, Ramada, and The Hotel at Times Square. All offer free wifi and free continental breakfast.
Hostels in New York City
Budget accommodations for the young at heart.
Extensive list of New York City hotels.
Washington Post: We'll Take Manhattan - for Less Than $200 a Night
Their staff conducted an online search of Expedia.com, Quikbook.com and Hotels.com in March of 2006 and then, after overnight stays and property tours, came up with 15 hotels they wholeheartedly recommend.
American Museum of Natural History
Located at Central Park West and 79th Street. Their website will tell you what their current exhibits are.
Search for concerts by date or check out what's new and notable.
The official site from the Central Park Conservancy features information on musical concerts, free walking tours, recreational and educational programs, and when plants are in bloom.
The Flea Marketing of New York
"...in recent years, with nearly half a dozen major flea markets springing up across the city, the flea marketing of New York is all but complete." Check out this May 13, 2011, article from the New York Times for where to find flea markets in New York City.
Modern and contemporary art.
The High Line
The High Line is a rail line located on Manhattan's West Side that is being turned into a rail/trail and park. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street.
I Love NY Theater
The official website for Broadway show tickets.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of the world's largest and finest art museums with more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.
MoMA: Museum of Modern Art
The world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art
The complete guide to things to do in New York City: Dance, Festivals, Film, Galleries, Gardens, History, Libraries, Museums, Music, Parks, Theater, and Zoos.
Washington Post: N.Y.C. With Kids: Think Outside the Frame
Take the kids to New York City for a cultural vacation. Includes 10 Tips for Introducing Your Kids to Art.
Food and Drink
A rather unusual community media TV program.
Next time you are in New York City, stop by the New York branch of this Italian food emporium at 200 5th Avenue.
This is the blog for the Edible Manhattan bimonthly foodie magazine. There are also Edible Brooklyn and Edible East End. You can read the digital version online.
New York Magazine: Restaurants
Includes a restaurant finder with menus. You can browse by cuisine, by neighborhood, by price range. They also have a
New York Times: Dining & Wine
New York Times: Best of New York Dining
Learn about the best hot dogs, best heroes, best ramen, best delivery...
- New York Times: Best of New York Dining
NoshNews is a newsletter by Myra Alperson, available in print and PDF format, that profiles the best, most interesting and most fun markets, bakeries and eateries in ethnic neighborhoods in New York City. She also has a book available: Nosh New York : the food lover's guide to New York City's most delicious neighborhoods.
Exclusive, customized, personally guided self-formed group tours of New York City's restaurants and foodworthy neighborhoods.
A Table for Two Steves
This New York City TV show covers food in the city.
Big Apple Greeter
A free public service that helps visitors discover the hidden treasures of New York City, the world's most exciting and diverse city.
Information from the Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center.
Chinatown New York City
Chinatown New York City, the largest Chinatown in the United States, is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan. Whether you’re seeking the best in Chinese food, Asian groceries, shopping or guided tours, come Explore Chinatown to find it all! The Explore Chinatown campaign is a project of the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation.
Flushing Local: Number Seven Train
This "International Express" runs from Times Square in New York City through Queens to Flushing. The number seven train passes above so many ethnic and new immigrant communities on its seven-mile route through northwest Queens that it has been dubbed the International Express. You can order a brochure about it from the Queens Council on the Arts. And you can get an all-you-can-ride Metrocard from New York City Transit so that you can get on and off as many times as you like. And you can read this Washington Post article: "Flushing, Queens: Taking the 7 train from Times Square to Asia".
Heart of Brooklyn
A Cultural Partnership is a unique consortium among the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance and Prospect Park Zoo.
The official website for New York City's Little Italy district includes directions on how to get there by public transportation and an interactive map with restaurants.
National Geographic: New York Underground
Not exactly a neighborhood, check out what's under the streets.
New York Times: Local Stop: Arthur Avenue, At Every Turn, the Tastes of Italy
Arthur Avenue in the Bronx still has some of the taste of Italy that it had 50 years ago.
Built by the New Media Workshop at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and consisting of multimedia projects done by students, this website will give you interesting and unconventional glimpses into the life of New York City.
Overlooked New York
While not a neighborhood guide per se, this is a wonderful collection of paintings of New Yorkers and their stories by Zina Saunders.
Rockaway Beach Makes Waves
Checkout this Washington Post article on the new beach food scene at Rockaway Beach in Queens.
Read about this Saturday morning Brooklyn Flea/Food Market in the New York Times: Brooklyn Market: Woodstock of Eating, July 5, 2011.
Washington Post: A Day in New York
With Excursions for ... The Adventurer, The Nosher, The Tourist Trapper, The Culture Hound, The Family Guy.
News, Media, Weather, Calendars
A Culture Guide and Calendar from the Alliance for the Arts to help visitors and New Yorkers make better use of the amazing number of cultural attractions throughout the city's five boroughs.
NYC Kids Arts
A version for kids events
- NYC Kids Arts
New York Radio Guide
A great guide to AM and FM stations with information, schedule, website, and whether or not they have audio broadcasts over the Internet.
New York Times
Includes entertainment and an NYC Guide.
The New Yorker
Check out their "Goings On About Town" and "The Critics" for movie, music, art, theater, and entertainment reviews in the Big Apple.
This New York Daily newspaper offers an Entertainment section with movies, theater, restaurants, broadway shows, and city guide.
An online entertainment guide for New York. Includes paper daily with what's happening today.
Thirteen: WNET New York Public Media
This is the PBS TV station for New York City and it has lots of interesting programs, many about the city itself.
The Village Voice
Includes a "Best of NYC" collection for the categories: Arts & Entertainment, Bars & Clubs, Food & Drink, People & Places, Shopping & Services, Sports & Recreation.
Do you need to get from Pittsburgh to New York City? Megabus provides low-cost, express bus service via State College to New York City on luxury double decker buses that offer free wi-fi, panoramic windows and a green alternative way to travel.
Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
includes maps and schedules of subways, bus, and rail transit
New Jersey Transit
Official web page. Click your rail station from their route maps, choose your destination and they will retrieve the schedule and rates.
NYC DOT: The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study & Action Plan
The government of New York City is trying to make the city safer for pedestrians. As a first step, they examined over 7,000 records of crashes that occurred in New York City from 2002 to 2006 that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities to pedestrians and tried to indentify underlying causes. Read a short report in the New York Times from August 16, 2010.
New York City Bike Maps
All kinds of information about biking in New York City including information on annual tours like the NYC Century Bike Tour. Get to know New York City!
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Under airports, contains information about John F. Kennedy International Airport(JFK), La Guardia Airport (LGA), and Newark International Airport (EWR), as well as information about PATH.
Walking New York
Shorewalkers: Seeing the World at 3 Miles per Hour
This nonprofit walking group offers long walks for free, particularly along the New York City shores.
Time Out New York: Walks & Tours
The best way to get to know a neighborhood is to walk it. There are some Great Walks from 2010. Check out their Sunset Park $1 eating walk in Brooklyn's Chinatown and Jackson Heights $1 eating walk in Queens.
Walking Off the Big Apple
Launched in July of 2007, Walking Off the Big Apple is a blog featuring posts on New York neighborhoods, literary history, urban planning, the visual arts, and architecture. Many posts take the form of self-guided walks based on various themes or important figures in New York history.
Washington Post: The Impulsive Traveler: Walking New York City’s shorelines
A December 9, 2011 article by Lea Winerman about Cy Adler, 84, the founder of the Shorewalkers walking club, and little known walks along the shores of Manhattan and across bridges.
David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis host this PBS show about walks through various parts of New York City.