to New York City and Surrounding Areas
By Ellen R. Shapiro
Prima Publishing -- ISBN - 0-7615-2567-X
New York is not only a tourist mecca--it's also one
of those places that attracts the world's dreamers,
entrepreneurs, and aspirers. Ellen Shapiro's book is
a super idea for those thinking of making the leap of
Be a hip NYC citizen...
"To fully cover the scene in New York--music, arts,
theater, dance--each area has special magazines, books,
newspapers, Web sites, and other resources. Arm yourself
with a subscription to a weekly City magazine,
and, if you're on a tight budget, at least be sure to
pick up one of the free weekly publications that list
all that's going on around town. The best magazines
to subscribe to are New York Magazine and Time
Out New York (most New Yorkers live by one or the
other), although The New Yorker also has good
listings. For freebies grab New York Press or
the Village Voice (and if you should happen to
stay in a New York hotel-or walk by one--grab a copy
of Where New York--an excellent up-to-date resource,
and it's free). Each of these publications will help
you to be a hip City citizen. Also, check your daily
newspaper of choice (most helpful on Fridays when the
weekend listings get published) because there are weekly
listings and events there too. If you flip through one
of these publications each week, you'll be on top of
the New York Scene--and, dahling, that's all that really
matters, isn't it?"
| Guide to New
York City Landmarks
Andrew S. Dolkart
John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited -- ISBN 0471182893
If you love architecture, you'll love New York--and
you'll love this book. The city is filled to its edges
with gorgeous examples of nineteenth and twentieth century
wonders, and knowing a bit about their history can only
add to your experience...
Those beautiful brownstones...
"The row house [or 'brownstone'] is a three-to five-story
narrow residence with windows on only the front and
rear elevations (corner buildings often have windows
on a side elevation. Each house in a group is similar
to and shares sidewalls with its neighbor. Even when
built singly, row houses did not feature side lot-line
windows, as developers assumed that the neighboring
property would also be developed with row houses. Although
widely used in New York, the row house was not invented
here. It was imported from Europe, where it was common
in the great urban centers, especially London and Paris.
Because land is expensive in dense urban areas, row
houses are cheaper to build since no land is left open
| New York Hot
M. Evans & Company, Inc.-- ISBN 0-87131-849-0
Looking for the real New York? David Andrusia's book
is "the insider's guide to the coolest clubs, restaurants,
shops, salons, galleries and hotels" in the city. His
passion for New York jumps off the page...
A magical salon and spa...
Lie. Steal. Beg. Borrow. Cheat. Do whatever it takes,
just make sure you experience this temple of indulgence
ASAP. New York Magazine proclaimed Labreque�s facials
tops in town, and that might well be; but we were put
in too much of a trance state by our full body massage
and scalp treatment (Maggie has truly magical hands)
to care what our face looked like. Friends told us we
looked five years younger, and we were inclined to agree.
All this, plus color and cuts. For salon savants, a
pleasure not to be missed! (Paul Labreque Salon and
Spa, 160 Columbus Avenue, 212.595.0099)�
New York City
Empire Press--ISBN 1891603019
Levine's travel guide plugs you into the city's
style and culture--and gets you armed and ready
to feel less like a tourist and more like a New
Yorker. Looking for bargains? Trying to get off
the beaten path? The Avant-Guide is a terrific
place to start...
She shops New York and
"You can get practically anything in New York
for less money than you'd pay anywhere else. To
Europeans, this city often looks like one giant
red-tag sale. Orchard Street, on the Lower East
Side, is where bargains were invented. There you'll
find high-end designer fashions as well as basic
family apparel at about 25% off the regular retail
price. The street is jam-packed with shoppers
on Sundays, and only about half the stores are
open on Saturdays (many observe the Jewish Sabbath),
so it's best to go mid-week to avoid the crowds."
| The Complete
Idiot's Travel Guide to NYC
Bruce Murphy and Alessandra de Rosa
Macmillan General Reference--ISBN 0028631501
With advice on money matters, transportation
to and around the city, finding your bearings,
nightlife and entertainment, and a terrific shopper's
guide, The Complete Idiot's Travel Guide really
Getting the right theatre
�As a general rule, try to get seats that face
the stage directly--not in the side aisles--either
in the orchestra or the first row of each balcony.
Avoid the upper balcony levels: the stage looks
really tiny from up there and the air is thin.
These strategies should protect you from getting
either of the two main types of really bad seats:
those with an obstructed view and those too far
away to see a thing. The types of seats we�ve
recommended are also the most expensive, but it�s
better to pay a little more than not enjoy the
show...However, don�t forget that many theatres
set aside special tickets for seniors and full-time
students; they generally go on sale the day of
city, strong women...
Sexual harassment of the wolf-whistling-on-the-streets
variety is rare in Manhattan. Powerful, no-nonsense
businesswomen have been yelling back their objections
since the 1970's. If you want to sit alone in
Central Park, take a book with you and position
yourself where there are lots of people--for example
on a bench near a children's playground. In restaurants
and bars, downtown especially, you're unlikely
to have any trouble because staff and customers
are inured to the sight of women alone. Occasionally
a hotel bellboy or other service staff might get
fresh--a jovial refusal will be jovially accepted.
(Source: New York--The Virago Woman's Travel Guide)
||In 1970 only one woman ran the
New York City Marathon. But by 1980, there
were 1,962 women runners compared to 12,050
men and by 1990, women made up close to one-fifth
of the competitors--4,727 of 25,012. And in
1999, at 9,426 females out of 32,503 runners,
almost one in three marathoners was a woman.
We've run a long way, baby!
||Some 500 ounces of fragrance
are sprayed at Bloomingdale's every single
day. Now that's a lot of perfume.
||More than 100 years ago, the
elegant "Ladies' Mile" ran between 14th and
23rd streets and was lined with such shoppers'
paradises as Tiffany and Co. Good news for
shopaholics--the famous stretch is now being
revived with a host of new stores.
||Not surprisingly, New York was
the birthplace of the "New Woman" of the 1920's
and 30's. She smoked, read Oscar Wilde, had
short hair, wore men's suits, lived in Greenwich
Village, and favoured "free love" over marriage.
||The first woman was not admitted
to the New York Stock Exchange until 1967--Muriel
Siebert paved the way for her trading floor
sisters. Muriel was also the first woman to
Chair the Boy Scouts, a position she won in
||The tallest woman on earth,
the Statue of Liberty, measures a towering
151 feet. Lovely Lady Liberty was unveiled
in New York harbor on October 28, 1886--in
a ceremony women were barred from attending!
AND, it was a woman, Emma Lazarus, who wrote
the famous poem engraved on the statue's base--"Give
me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free."
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