Suggested Reading List
Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants
Author: Zagat Survey (Editor)
Description: The slim annual guide to New York City's restaurants that launched the Zagat empire.
Blue Guide New York
Author: Carol Von Pressentin Wright
Description: An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, includiung walking tours and a focus on art and architecture.
Downtown, My Manhattan
Author: Pete Hamill
Description: Native son Pete Hammil's tribute, history and memoir of New York, mostly below 42nd Street.
Eyewitness Guide New York
Author: Eleanor Berman (Contributor)
Description: There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best. We see more visitors in our West Village neighborhood carrying it around than any other, and they all seem to love it.
Fodor's New York City's 25 Best
Description: A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights.
Gone to New York, Adventures in the City
Author: Ian Frazier, Jamaica Kincaid (Introduction)
Description: Frazier writes with humor and warmth about his New York City in this collection of essays originally published in periodicals like The New Yorker and The Atlantic.
Great Fortune, The Epic of Rockefeller Center
Author: Daniel Okrent
Description: In this grand social history Okrent illuminates the remarkable cast of characters, the ambitions, and mind-bending complexity in creating the beloved New York City landmark.
Here is New York
Author: E.B. White
Description: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.
Lost New York
Author: Nathan Silver
Description: This classic, published in 1967, was the urban preservationists' bible. It's a magnificent survey of the history and architectural development of the city, including many of the great buildings lost to the wrecking ball.
New York City Map (NY Unfolds)
Description: This convenient map of New York (1:25,00 scale) has a clever "origami" fold to prevent fussing with unwieldy re-folding.
New York City, A Cultural and Literary Companion
Author: Eric Homberger
Description: An illuminating guide to the city, its history and geography, as the inspiration for writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals. With chapters on Broadway, Greenwich Village, parks, Harlem, Brooklyn, immigration and Manahatta.
Picturing New York, The City from its Beginnings to the Present
Author: Gloria Deak
Description: An illustrated chronicle of New York from its origins as a ragtag seaport to trading center and cultural capital. An entire, wonderful chapter is devoted to Broadway.
Author: Elizabeth Hardwick
Description: Harwick's luminous 1979 novel of longing, desolation, New York City and Billie Holiday, thankfully returned to print. Read it for the extraordinary language, the flavor of 1940s New York.
Time and Again
Author: Jack Finney
Description: In this altogether wonderful novel, Simon Morley -- an illustrator and secret government operative, native to 1970 New York -- is transported back in time to the Manhattan of the 1880s.
Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories
Author: Joseph Mitchell
Description: Mitchell's collection of loving, extraordinarily vivid, short pieces, depicting New York in the 40's and 50's He was a master at painting character, and place, in swift strokes.
Waterfront, A Journey Around Manhattan
Author: Philip Lopate
Description: Essayist and consummate New Yorker, Philip Lopate pulls in history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the water's edge of Manhattan.
Wonderful Town, New York Stories from the The New Yorker
Author: Susan Choi (Editor), David Remnick (Editor)
Description: Collection of 43 stories taken from the past seven decades of short stories published in The New Yorker. Featuring John Updike, Dorothy Parker, Saul Bellow, J.D. Salinger, Vladimir Nabokov and John Cheever.
Writing New York, A Literary Anthology
Author: Philip Lopate (Editor)
Description: A massive, satisfying collection of good writing about New York over the centuries. Represented are Whitman, Edith Wharton, Henry Miller and many more.