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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; Fol Pap/Ma edition (Sept. 11 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118287606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118287606
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

  • Hundreds of photos
  • Free pocket map inside, plus easy-to-read maps throughout
  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours, and other practical information
  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants, plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
  • Itineraries, themed tours, and trip-planning ideas
  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Brian Silverman (Senior Writer, Best of New York City, Exploring New York City, Where to Stay, Where to Eat chapters) is a freelance writer whose work has been published in Saveur, The New Yorker, Caribbean Travel & Life, Islands, and Four Seasons. Among the many topics he writes about are food, travel, sports, and music. He is the author of numerous books including Going, Going, Gone: History, Lore, and Mystique of the Home Run, and the Twentieth Century Treasury of Sports. He is also the author of the blog Fried Neck Bones…and Some Home Fries at www.friedneckbones.wordpress.com. For Frommer's, he has written Complete, Portable, and budget Guides to New York City, as well as New York City For Dummies. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

Kelsy Chauvin (Best of New York City, New York City In Depth, Planning Your Trip, Neighborhoods and Suggested Itineraries, Shopping, After Dark chapters) is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. Her first trip abroad was to Uzbekistan at age 15, a journey that sparked a lifelong thirst for travel. Her writing and photography has been published in magazines, online, and in various Frommer's publications. She lives in Brooklyn. "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." —Susan Sontag

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By Brett H #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 13 2013
Format: Paperback
I have used a lot of guide books over the years. Whenever I travel I find you are missing a lot if you do not have a decent guidebook in your hand and I have to say that although I am not easily impressed this is really one of the most comprehensive that I have come across for any destination.

The first challenge in any new place is how to get from the airport and then how to get around. After all it is going to get very expensive taking taxis all the time. New York has an excellent and easy to use public transport system and it is worth getting to know how to get about. It does help that New York is a key destination and hence Frommers bring out an annual guide. This means that the information, particularly on fare options and costs is bang up to date. It is all there, as detailed as anyone would reasonably wish and inclusive of a map of the subway and numerous maps of the city.

Then on to the attractions. I could not think of anywhere which I know of and really think should be included which was not on the list. Of course, some of the sights to see in New York are not specific attractions, but neighbourhoods and sure enough there is good coverage of each of the main areas and what you are going to see there. Once you are there the coverage of places to eat and drink is much more comprehensive than you would normally come across. I am less sure about the accommodation lists, but this is a criticism I have of most guides. Frankly if I want a place to stay I am first going to check prices and then if I see a price I like its on to Tripadvisor or similar to see if I have made a mistake and in reality it is a cockroach infested pit. I can never remember deciding where I am going to stay from a travel guide so at least for me, this section is of little practical use.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Frommer's best to date for NYC visitors and locals alike... Oct. 6 2012
By John Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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How does one make a really good travel guide even better than its previous edition? Ask authors Brian Silverman and Kelsy Chauvin, as they've done with Frommer's New York City 2013, the latest edition in this popular series. As the 'Frommer's Color Complete' subtitle indicates, it's a full-color guide, and that's throughout the 496 pages of the book. But is it any better than the 2012 edition? Just read on...

The all-important maps are plentiful and sprinkled strategically where they belong throughout this guide, and they seem quite up to date. Bouncing through pages to both known and unexplored locations, I can attest to this, considering the amount of time in any given month in spent in New York City. The authors have done a respectable job with this new edition, especially where they suggesting itineraries for travelers and visitors on a limited time schedule.

The overall format and organization of this guide are first-rate, and it shows that the editors at Frommer's are responsive to the needs of their readers. This guide is broken down into separate classifications for quick reference:

◆ List of Maps:

This little one-page section with the all-important maps will become invaluable once you learn the names of the various areas of the city's five boroughs.

1. The Best Of The Big Apple:

Things to do, best food & drink, best free & dirt-cheap NY, best museums, best offbeat experiences... for many first-timers, this will be the handiest section for quick reference. Worth noting here are the most unforgettable NYC experiences, the NYC freebies, and the best culture and nightlife. The landmark buildings are there, and the best of the museums are covered, including the amazing Museum of Natural History and the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2. New York City In Depth:

Starting with NYC today, this chapter covers the city's history, along with its roots, its architecture. There's also an interesting section on the impact that New York City has had on books, in film and on television. The calendar of events is as thorough as one can find in a book... now you'll know where and when the TriBeCa Film Festival takes place, along with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Fleet Week and many more.

3. New York City Neighborhoods & Suggested Itineraries:

Covering Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, and the Outer Boroughs, there are many diverse neighborhoods here, and this is where you'll find a good overview of each. Do you know what NoHo, SoHo or Nolita mean, or where they are? How about TriBeCa, and do they still pack meat in the Meatpacking District? This is a concise and fascinating tour of the city, and with so many of the highlights and landmarks noted. Highly recommended are the well thought out suggestions for suggested NYC itineraries in one, two or three days. There are suggestions on what not to do in NYC, and with this book you'll know. Don't miss the Essential NYC Eating Itinerary here with its map of where to find the places.

4. Exploring New York City:

This is a big city, and you could live here for years and still make daily discoveries. The sights and attractions to be found are listed first by neighborhood, and with star ratings, and there are excellent location maps for finding your way around. This is followed by the top attractions, and it's very much up to date... enough so that on page 115, that very explicit museum on Fifth Avenue where no one 17 or under is admitted is discussed, photos and all. The High Line, an individually preferred elevated park for photos where trains once rolled by is noted, as is the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in a special section. You'll find the art gallery scene covered, along with historical buildings, places of worship, and places to play. Central Park and its own set of marvelous attractions are here, along with more parks that you can imagine.

There's an excellent in-depth look at a personal favorite, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. If art is one of your primary reasons for visiting here, then you may wish to consider getting The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. This is a personal favorite among museum guidebooks of any type. Should you want to visit the Strawberry Fields commemorative to Beatle John Lennon, it's here as well, with a great color photo.

5. Where To Eat:

This section starts off with the best restaurant bets, and that could be highly subjective. But as noted in the beginning, there's "one thing you will not do in New York: go hungry." There are so many good suggestions here, and there are plenty of location maps. Don't miss the "Hello, Old Friends!" section where the authors list some favorites, including one of mine, the best "real deal" diner, and I fully agree since it was a NYC favorite since childhood visits. There's Katz's Delicatessen. If you choose to visit here, just think of that classic line from the film 'When Harry Met Sally': "I'll have what she's having," but don't say it, as the servers hear it 23 times a day.

Katz's also appears in a special deli section on page 242, but if you want (subjectively) the best pastrami on rye in the city, you find the 2nd Avenue Deli there, though not mentioned are their superb onion rings. It's where I take visitors from out of town that want indulge in the classic NYC deli experience. This section is one of the most fascinating to explore, as every type of food you can imagine is here, and there's something for every budget. It has some brilliant suggestions, including so many that I have yet to experience. It takes time...

6. Shopping:

It's the abundance of locally owned shops that makes New York City stand apart from other large cities, and here you'll find the best places broken down by area first. If you're into electronics, the authors are right: avoid the "going-out-of-business" places in Midtown. Browse through this section and you'll find big department stores, where to get the best and latest in fashions, souvenir trinkets, and so much more. For the real shopaholic, this book may be the best bargain and resource that you can imagine, and you'll end up with a lot of post-its in this section. NYC is also an amazing place to find books, and this bookstore junkie will admit to have bought as many hardbacks and paperbacks at The Strand (page 301) as I have here on Amazon. It's a New York legend, but it has 18 miles of books, not the 8 miles that the authors have noted. Look for the dollar carts outside the store, as you'll find some real gems there.

7. New York City Entertainment & Nightlife:

This section is quite comprehensive section, and it's surprising how up to date it is considering the constantly changing scene here. If you're into theater, Broadway shows and off-Broadway as well, this may be a perfect resource, with ticket-buying tips, a Theater District map, web links, phone numbers and all. Are you into opera or classical music? NYC has it all, and the venues are listed and they're quite up to date, as are the listings for the major (and minor) concert halls. There are venues listed for rock, jazz, blues and even stand-up comedy, and all of these are described, and there are star ratings for the best. The best of the bars and cocktail lounges that are all over the city are here, including some of the real dives if you're so inclined.

8. Where To Stay:

What could have been the worst section of the book turned out to be very well done. Hotels and places to stay are organized by neighborhood and price, from the true splurge hotels to those that are moderately priced. You'll find the best hotels for families and the ones that are the most romantic, and again with maps so you can see what's nearby. But if you're visiting for the first time, don't miss the section beginning on page 442 regarding how to get the best deal. Those tips alone are worth the cost of this book.

9. Planning Your Trip To New York City:

No decent guide would be complete without offering suggestions and advice for travelers on how to get into and out of NYC, and the info offered here is quite solid, including some of the very good and the not so good. My personal suggestion for first time visitors would be to read this section completely. The section regarding MetroCards is well done, and has options that many first-time visitors overlook. There are a number of good online links here for further information that shouldn't be overlooked.

◆ Index:

The general index is quite good, as are the ones on accommodations and restaurants that follow. These indices are the type that one would wish for in so many similar books and travel guides yet seem to be lacking. This is one extra thing that makes this guide such a good resource.


Of particular note is the full-color foldout map inside the back cover. Don't just tear it out. There are tiny perforations on the back, facing the subway map in the back cover. Gently insert a standard dinner knife inside and carefully lift it so that the map can be folded out without removing from the book and losing it. The multi-colored map is quite good, complimenting the smaller maps within the book quite well.

Regarding the editions available here, I had previously reviewed the earlier Frommer's New York City 2012. As good as I found that one, this is even better and more complete, and it's surprising how much new info is here between the covers. I like this new one well enough to also buy Frommer's New York City 2013 (Kindle Edition), as it's an excellent portable guide when one is out and about in the city and doesn't want to be carrying a heavy 496-page book.

Frommer's New York City 2013 is a good one for first-time and repeat visitors to New York City, along for those locals here who may have missed or overlooked something that is offered here. Whether you get the paper version or the Kindle edition, it's an excellent resource for NYC visitors and locals alike, and highly recommended. So get it, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and go explore!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for folks visiting NYC who want to spend most of their time in Manhattan Feb. 21 2013
By D. Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have lived in NYC most of my life. I still enjoy exploring the city and continue to uncover new (to me) restaurants, museums, galleries and entire neighborhoods. It's funny though that some of the best discoveries I have made was through taking visiting friends on tours around the city. Oftentimes it was the out-of-towner pointing something out from their Frommer's or Let's Go book that led to a fabulous Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant or a small dance company with amazing dancers. I figured it would be a good idea to pick up a tourist guide of the city and see what I might learn about my own city. After looking around I decided that Frommer's offered a great overall guide to NYC.

Here are my major takeaways from this book:
1 - It has more than enough information to keep you busy in NYC for a month or more.

2 - The guide presents most of the usual suspects in terms of restaurants, galleries, museums and such

3 - The authors are clear that NYC cannot be completely summed up in one book and go to great pains to point out other sources of information for you to dig in to. For example, they point out online calendars of events for summer festivals, dance club special events, gallery openings, etc.

4 - As far as this book is concerned, NYC equals Manhattan. I cannot fault them for their focus on Manhattan as most tourists want to spend their time seeing the big-name places that don't require a trip over a bridge or under a river to get to. I myself find that there are some amazing gems in Queens and Brooklyn that rival anything that Manhattan can offer. This book offers some general info about Park Slope, Flushing and a couple of other neighborhoods but not much depth. Then again, I cannot find a guidebook that does - use online sources like the NY Times food and event sections to discover some great options.

5 - I am pleased to say that I discovered a few noteworthy items. For example, my wife is a big fan of high tea, though we usually think of a proper high tea either requiring a long trip to England, or taking a chance on the uneven service at never-long-lived tea rooms scattered outside the city. I was pleased to find out, through Frommer's, that there are some great options for high tea right here in NYC and we have been to their top 2 recommendations. My wife is very pleased.

6 - There is a good selection of low-cost options included in the book. That's important in a city where cheap is less common than a free parking space.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a very interesting option for the first visit Jan. 18 2013
By adriana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this guide guided by amazon`s customers reviewers. It surprises me that no one has mentioned that this guide has an idiosincratic organization, not by zone or district. So sometimes is not easy to find quickly what you are looking for. But I've found it very interesting. This was my first time in NY and I fall in love with the city. The guide has helped me in that unexpected event. I particulary recomend to follow the "iconic ny" option if it's the first time you are going there and you are short of time. It's updated and full of tips.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very informative! March 9 2013
By rdvv - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this to plan a week trip in the fall. Everything you want to know is in this book. It has a great map of New York. We have been before, but we wanted to plan our time well. This is the book to buy before you go to New York.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not so much June 16 2013
By Mimi - Published on Amazon.com
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The book had good information, but was not organized in a format that a tourist would use it, in my opinion. It would be nice if the information for one area was not scattered throughout the book.