on taking a bite out of the Big Apple? Whether you're planning
a weekend jaunt for two or a two-week solo stint, there
are mountains of books sold on the internet to help you
chart your trip. However, you may find that you need a guide
just to lead you through the maze of New York City guidebooks
that are available! To help you narrow down your choices
and to acquaint you with some of the best, Journeywoman
has selected excerpts designed to please. From the standard
pocket guide to the big-on-detail to the ultra-hip, here
| Going Like Lynn
Diamond Publishers--ISBN 0-9670099-1-X
Going Like Lynn New York is just the kind of book we
love at Journeywoman! Lynn Portnoy is a Detroit fashion
retailer--and that makes her an authority on shopping.
For her business, she heads to New York City for a few
days each month to do just that-- and that also makes
her an expert on solo travel for women...
Female-friendly New York...
"New York fits my definition of a female-friendly destination
based on these simple premises--New York offers many
choices and diverse activities to appeal to women of
various tastes and interests (as long as they like urban
centers). New York is as safe as any city if you take
the necessary, common sense precautions of any large
city. Women are accepted and basically well received.
New York women have achieved prominence in practically
every field and New Yorkers generally are comfortable
seeing women in groups, in pairs, or alone everywhere.
For women who enjoy world--class culture, theater, sightseeing,
shopping, dining, or whatever, New York has it all--in
multiples. If you cannot experience it, taste it, watch
it or buy it in New York, the odds are it probably does
York in Your Pocket Guide
Michelin Staff--ISBN 2-066-5040-17
practical, straight-up, just-the-facts ma'am Michelin
manual for the on-the-go traveller......
Culturally correct clothing...
"Informality is the keynote in the U.S., and comfortable
clothing is essential for the busy tourist. Some restaurants
are very formal and it is wise to check before you reserve
a table. Similarly, smart dress should be worn for the
ballet, opera and most theaters. Remember that evenings
can be considerably cooler than the daytime, and air-conditioning
makes theaters, restaurants, and stores quite chilly,
so an extra sweater or jacket can be essential."
York City Handbook
Avalon Travel Publishing--ISBN 1566911036
Christiane Bird's book is smartly organized and as
full of life as the city itself and covers the Big Apple
the way New Yorkers know it--neighbourhood by neighbourhood.
Christiane keeps women travellers top-of-mind, always
a Journeywoman plus!
She travels safely...
"As in big cities, crime in New York is a serious problem.
But according to the FBI, New York is one of America's
safest large cities. It didn't even make the top-25
list of cities with the highest homicide rates in 1998,
and reported crime dropped by 59% between 1994 and 1999.
Statistically, your chances of being mugged are less
than 30,000 to 1. To avoid being that one--act as if
you know where you're going; don't carry large quantities
of cash or large bills; ignore hustlers and con artists
(and anyone who approaches you with an elaborate sob
story); avoid the parks at night, and be extra careful
around transportation centers; don't carry valuables
in lightweight backpacks that can easily be slashed
open; when in rougher neighborhoods, stick to blocks
where other people are in sight; if you're mugged, hand
over your valuables immediately."
New York Times Guide to Hotels in New York City
By Charles Suisman
New York Times News Services Division--ISBN 09668659
This official guide calls itself "the only comprehensive
survey you'll need" to find your way around New York
City. It features 250 hotels, from luxurious to simple,
rated by price, comfort, and services...
Her hotel smarts...
"Some things to know when you're planning a stay in
New York. If you're a light sleeper, hotels midblock
are generally quieter than hotels on an avenue, and
you should ask for a room in the back of the hotel.
It may be darker, but you'll be awakened to fewer sirens.
A good shower is important to us at a hotel-it's important
to a lot of people, usually simultaneously at 7:30 a.m.
Older hotels, even highly rated ones, may have plumbing
troubles. The higher floors often have the weakest pressure.
Many hotels have their published "rack rates," which
they then discount six ways (or more) from Sunday. Don't
accept the first rate you're quoted. It used to be the
case that New York hotels offered serious discounts
on the weekends, but you'll find less of that than there
used to be. The hotel tax has been reduced to a somewhat
more reasonable 13.25 percent (plus a $2 per night room
charge)-keep it in mind when you're calculating the
real cost of a visit."
Lots more New York