New York City For Dummies
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From soaring skyscrapers to rumbling subways, power shopping to bargain-hunting, world-renowned restaurants to neighborhood delis and pizzerias, majestic cathedrals to Times Square—New York has it all. Chances are you can't do it all, but this friendly guide helps you take a big bite out of the Big Apple.
- Written by a longtime local, New York City For Dummies covers all the highlights of this fast-changing city, with recommendations in every price category.
- Insightful commentary and opinionated reviews. New York City for Dummies includes a shopper's guide, featuring trendy areas like SoHo, NoHo, and NoLita. It also contains information about free attractions, including the Staten Island ferry. Sample itineraries help you to make the most of your trip
- With information on "must see" attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park, places to take the kids, an insider's look at the nightlife, tips on getting discount tickets to popular shows, and a Quick Concierge with all kinds of info, this guide will have you saying, "I love New York."
Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography, the Frick Museum, and the Jewish Museum, all within a walkable stretch. Madison Avenue from 60th Street well into the 80s is the moneyed crowd’s main shopping strip. The neighborhood has an upper-crust, old-money feel and, west of Lexington Avenue, is generally pretty quiet after sundown. East of Lexington along Third,
reservation ▶ Deciding among New York’s best hotels ▶ Choosing a backup if your favorite isn’t available W ith the feverish pace of hotel development pushing the number of rooms to 96,000, the sleeping options in New York are staggering. Do you want to spend most of your travel budget on a luxurious hotel? Do you want to stay close to the neon and noise of Times Square? Do you want a room with a view of Central Park? Will you settle for a room barely bigger than your linen closet back home?
Midtown West With its central location, incredible amenities (such as the 17,000-sq.-ft. fitness center with a rooftop pool), and three excellent restaurants, Le Parker Meridien just about has it all. The gorgeous, bustling lobby also serves as a public space, and elevators with televisions that show Tom & Jerry cartoons and Charlie Chaplin shorts are a wonder for the kids. The spacious hotel rooms, decorated in a Room & Board style, have a fun feel to them with hidden drawers and swirling
bar. In either case, you are rewarded with truly delicious, sophisticated American cuisine served by a crisply professional but friendly and accommodating staff. Menus change seasonally; I recently had a refreshing carrot-and-calamari salad in lemon vinaigrette, followed by seared scallops with pickle and peas. Mains such as the black bass with walnuts and thinly shredded squash, and the papardelle with tender lamb ragu and scallion, are so satisfying that you wish you could re-create them at
New Jersey Palisades. If you choose to get here by bus, consider that although the bus takes you right to the museum and offers a scenic, interesting ride, the ride is a long one (up to an hour or more, depending on where you start, as compared to 30 to 45 minutes on the subway). The subway is a good alternative; it takes you right to the entrance of Fort Tryon Park. See map p. 179. At the north end of Fort Tryon Park, 1 block north of West 190th Street. 212-923-3700. www.metmuseum.org. Subway: A