Frommer's Memorable Walks in New York

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12 GREAT WALKING TOURS THROUGH THE CITY'S MOST VIBRANT AND HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS

Follow Frommer's for an up-close, personal look at New York City. Discover its ethnic restaurants, literary bars, art galleries, and wildly diverse residents and architecture.

LET FROMMER'S TAKE YOU TO:

  • The sights and sounds of Chinatown, with a stop for Manhattan's best dim sum.
  • Chelsea's art scene and West Village literary haunts.
  • The tony Upper East Side, lined with mansions constructed by New York's wealthiest, most influential families.
  • The energy and history of revitalized Harlem.
  • Lower Manhattan-where the city's history began and newest development continues, at Ground Zero.

With easy-to-use directions and maps-and the best places to take a break along the way.

Great trips begin at frommers.com

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A color map of the Manhattan subway system greets you as you open Memorable Walks in New York, right inside the front cover, setting the tone of convenient, accessible information. It's a very good start. The rest of the book follows suit with 10 walking tours, taking in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, SoHo, the Village, Central Park, the Financial District, Lower Manhattan, and the Upper East and West Sides.

Each tour provides subway-route starting points; a time estimate (generally three to five hours, not including restaurant stops); an excellent map of each neighborhood and its notable sites; plus a word of advice on the best times to be (or not to be) walking there. Then there's each walking-tour narrative, pointing out historic landmarks and events, and providing detailed route instructions for 20 to 50 notable sites. For the Chinatown tour, for example, 27 points of interest are listed on the itinerary, including vegetable sellers on Baxter Street, the Manhattan Bridge (built in 1905), Confucius Plaza (first major public-funded housing project built for Chinese use), and Bloody Angle, where two Chinatown gangs engaged in fierce turf warfare. There's a profile of dim sum, a selection of Chinese restaurants suitable for lunch breaks, the Ming Fay Book Store, the Chinatown History Museum, and Columbus Park. The tour ends on Rutgers Street near the East Broadway F-line subway entrance, a location you can find easily enough on that front-page subway map.

In all of the walking tours, Bramblett includes the same thoughtful attention to detail and the concerns of the visitor on foot, making for a compact, considerate guide and a lovely way to get to know New York. --Stephanie Gold

About the Author:

Ethan Wolff is a native New Yorker (born and raised in Virginia, but that was a geographic anomaly). When not walking around Manhattan, Ethan enjoys being cheap and irreverent. His other Frommer’s guides are NYC Free & Dirt Cheap and the Irreverent Guide to Manhattan.

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