- Illustrated highlights include Central Park, and fl oor plans of the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Includes a full-colour, pull-out map - New York City receives a third of all travel to the US - Local life tips take you beyond the key sights
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No other place does big-city charm quite like Gotham. Take a bite of the Big Apple’s diverse dining scene, swig cocktails all night, enjoy mind-blowing performances in venues ranging from Broadway theaters to back-alley comedy joints, and shop ’til you drop among the veritable UN of international brands and unique boutiques. New York is truly one helluva townWalking tours and day planners Maps for every neighbourhood Packed with expert travel tips 100% independent advice Coverage Includes: QuickStart guide, Lower Manhattan. the Financial District, SoHo, Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, Union Square, Flatiron District, Gramercy, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Central Park, The Best of New York City and Survival Guide*Previously known as New York City Encounter
I ordered this book AND "Discover New York City" also by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Discover New York City (City Guide) I was curious to see how they were different. The basic info was the same. They both go by neighborhoods and list the best sights, shows, museums, restaurants, nightlife, etc. Everything you would expect from a travel guide! Here is the basic difference: "Discover NYC" goes into more detail and has more photos. Compared with "Pocket NYC" it seems like they're trying to take up more space with the same info. "Discover NYC" has a listing of yearly festivals (that could easily be researched online) and has city walks for each district which I really like. BUT "Pocket NYC" includes the 3 best ones. They both have the same exact pull-out map. Both books are the same thickness, but "Pocket NYC" is about 2/3 the size of "Discover NYC."
Summary: you definitely do not need to buy both "Discover NYC" and "Pocket NYC." The big advantage of "Discover NYC" is all the city walks. But to be honest, I'd advise you to Google some NYC walks and buy "Pocket NYC," for it's convenient size and vast info!
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From two idealistic hippies to multinational capitalists, the Lonely Planet saga never ceases to amuse me in its irony. But what can I say, a lot of their products are still pretty good.
I know all the LP groupies will neg me as a matter of course, but I have to do my due diligence and give this a mere two stars: it's not that the content is bad, but this is not the right format for this format, if that makes any sense. What I mean is, if they're going to have a "pocket guide" series, then do it right:
First, if you set this and the LP Discover NYC side-by-side, you'll notice it's a bit smaller width- and height-wise, but actually thicker, even with fewer pages. The pages are thicker, and each dimension of the book prohibits this from actually fitting in my pocket. If you look at the content, you'll see that for most sights, restaurants, etc., that the pocket edition just contains the first paragraph of the longer description from the Discover book. Of course I expect overlap, but just realize that I don't think there is any differing content in this book. The pictures are also mostly the same, or cropped to look different. The pull-out map is the same, just folded twice instead of once vertically.
But the real problem is that this book is just too big. They could easily put the entire Discover book into this slightly smaller format, but they instead put too much white space and pictures in it as if it were a book for browsing. If I want a coffee-table book, I'll buy one, or I'll buy the Discover book (and I generally like that series for that reason), but if I want a pocket guide, then presumably I want a small guide that I can carry without looking like a tourist and without having to have it in hand or have to carry a big bag just to keep the book around. Therefore, I want pertinent information without the glitz and glamour (i.e., without the glossy pages and pictures) - and I want it in a small font in a truly pocket-sized guide.
So...if you absolutely must have this guide and a full sized tourbook, then at least don't buy both of them LP. You can probably find 90% of this info in the NYC section of their "USA" country guide and probably 110% of it in their NY State guide. Second, realize carrying this around isn't much less burdensome than a regular book. Finally, the price point is near what the full city guide would cost, so it just strikes me as a big business tactic (that irony again) to make as much more money as possible without really coming up with anything new.
The new "pocket guide" series could have some potential in some cases, but they need to rethink the actual format.
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More like Pocket Mid to Lower Manhattan - good information if this is your destination30 avril 2013
This Lonely Planet guide takes you to New York in a pocket sized edition, promising to show the top sights and local life throughout the city. Much of the material here is actually copied from the Lonely Plannet Discover New York City, so if you have the larger book, this smaller one won't tell you much new information. Instead, the format of this book is conducive to carrying around the city, so as you go into a new neighborhood you can quickly open the guide to find sights and restaurants to visit in the area.
I often read guide books to find little known spots or secrets from locals, and unfortunately this book focuses almost exclusively on the most popular destinations in mid-to-lower Manhattan. Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens - all of these get short mention. Is there really nothing of note? If so, then they should have called this the Lonely Planet Pocket Manhattan.
The information is good and the book is enjoyable to flip through, but unlike other Lonely Planet guides, it does not make planning a trip very easy. There are no suggested itineraries and there just a few suggested walking tours of the city. The book is organized by neighborhood, but it is unclear if the book is catering to a family with kids or a single looking for a good night scene. Everything is just thrown together into one volume without much separation. So your pocket guide to a particular street will show you a great attraction for your 3 year old and then mention a dance club.
Do I recommend it? Honestly, the Lonely Planet series has some good information and it could be useful for planning a trip. I'd recommend the full sized edition for planning your trip, but this pocket version could be helpful if you are in a neighborhood and wondering what to do. 4 stars.
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As a reader of a "certain age", I can remember when Lonely Planet guides were the go to source for shoestring travel to exotic locations. In those pre-smartphone times, guidebooks were practically required for getting the most out of any trip. Now, one might make the argument that if you have a smartphone or tablet of some kind, would you really want, much less need, a guidebook? I think this Lonely Planet New York City guide makes a good argument for answering "yes".
They started by making the book small, a little bigger than a smartphone, a little smaller than a tablet. Still, it is jam packed with information, divided into geographic sections of the city, then subdivided into eating, drinking, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping and "explore". There's a handy pullout map for those who want to get mugged on the sidewalk, and the book also contains a "best of" section for those with limited time and budgets. As a former resident of NYC and frequent traveler there, I was pleased to see that there are few, if any gaps in this book. (The only biggie I noticed missing was Macy's.) There are adequate mentions of a few of my favorite jazz spots, and most of my favorite restaurants found their way into the book as well. I love the sections on drinking, which focus on famous and not-so-famous bars and clubs. There are lots of facts and lesser known trivia sprinkled throughout to make the reading and sightseeing more interesting.
This is a really informative, useful book and an excellent introduction to a vibrant, high-energy city. This five star guide is sure to make your next visit to New York a five star trip.
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New York is one of my favorite cities. I used to live in the New York Metro Area and have been to the city lots of times, done touristy things and less touristy things, but it's one of those rare places that just never get old.
This is a very informative guide - it will help a lot when you are planning your trip, and you might want to take it with you to read up about the areas you'll be visiting the following day, and so forth.
However it really isn't a good guide to take a long with you during the day, while you are actually walking around and need information quickly. There is just so.much.text. I am an avid reader, and I love books... but I am also an avid traveler and a travel book is a different type of book. It needs to be informative, but also have visual appeal, get you excited about the trip, give you an idea of what to expect, and words alone do not do that.
Another thing that a travel book needs to do is work as a quick guide while you are on-the-go, when you are actually on your trip and you need to figure out what is that building in front of you, or what type of restaurant you can find nearby that fits with your tastes and budget. You need to have something where it only takes a quick search to find what you need right there and then. And this book isn't it.
Still, a good reference book to have if you like doing your homework before you travel.