Lonely Planet New York City (City Guide)

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Discover New York City

Absorb the light of a thousand suns in neon-soaked Times Square
Feel the love for John Lennon at his flower-filled Strawberry Fields shrine
Drink in the earthy smells of nature at Union Square's weekend organic food market
Go medieval at the Cloisters, a full-sized castle in northern Manhattan
See the city at breakneck speed from the back of a pedicab

In This Guide:

4 local authors, 340 hours of research, one offer of chicken feet in Chinatown for good luck and 20 different types of beer sampled
More coverage of the city's diverse neighborhoods, plus a new Itinerary Builder to help you plan your time
Full-color miniguides to NYC Style and Brooklyn
Content updated daily - visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler insights
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Introducing New York City

Hop a New York City subway and take a look around. Notice the myriad shoes - smooth loafers, shiny thigh-high boots, ratty Nike high-top sneakers, corporate pumps? Now see the types - a dread-locked hipster plugged into his iPod, an unfazed commuter paging through the New York Times, a fed up young mom anxiously shushing her baby. Finally, look at the faces: Chinese, Jamaican, Indian, Irish, Dominican, Polish and Mexican visages, scattered about the car. Beneath all the jaded exteriors, you may or may not detect a sense of oneness, but it's there.

Lying dormant, but ready to awaken beneath every New Yorker's mask is a sense that we're in this together. We're all waiting for the next train rerouting or tap-dancing homeless man - even a random act of kindness. Oh, we don't acknowledge this, of course, as doing otherwise would lay us too bare. So it remains a muted, almost imperceptible subtlety and this collective unconscious proves that the city's most poignant overview exists several stories underground.

Not much else about New York City is subtle. Everything is audacious and wonderfully unrestrained, from the dense, bustling subway platform you step onto when you exit the car to the series of neighborhoods and subcultures you encounter up at street level. That in-your-face quality is a reflection of all the city's elements: vibrant architecture, snarling traffic, world-class culture, spirited politics, and a rich and radical history, infused with the tradition of immigration that endures today. It's this constant influx of newcomers that keeps the city fresh and bawdy - how else for a place to incorporate such an idefatigable stream of newness than to embrace it full on? New York is an expert in welcoming and accepting newcomers. And that, of course, is one of the best attributes for visitors.

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