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Her Best Guides to NYC

Relocating to NYRelocating 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 a lifetime...

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
NYC LandmarkBy 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 between buildings."

New York Hot and Hip
NYC hipBy David Andrusia
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)�

Avant-Guide New York City
NYC avant guideBy Dan Levine
Empire Press--ISBN 1891603019

Dan 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 saves...
"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
NYC idiotBy 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 is that--complete!

Getting the right theatre seats...
�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 the performance.�

Empire Strong 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)

Fun female facts...

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 1985.
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."  

(Source: The travel books reviewed in this article).

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