New York City is full of countless stories. While guidebooks offer a good introduction to this major destination, many other books that speak volumes about NYC’s history, neighborhoods, people, cultures, architecture, sports teams and many other aspects. Some titles may be works of fiction but Gotham is their setting.
This holiday season, give someone who loves or wants to visit New York City some solid reading material. Here is a selection of some great books set in or about New York City.
Amid the rise of global pandemic, Send Chinatown Love, an NYC nonprofit volunteer group, formed to provide relief for the city’s Asian-owned small businesses. Their self-published cookbook lists 60-plus recipes sourced from over 40 restaurants and food businesses throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Collectively, they represent the regional cuisines and food traditions of more than 18 cultures. A “Where To Buy Your Ingredients” section points home-cooks in the right direction.
William B. Helmreich has penned walking guides to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, along with an overall guide to New York City. Inspired by a childhood transit game that he played with his dad, Helmreich made a goal of walking every block in New York City, completing an impressive 6,000 miles by setting foot in each of the city’s boroughs. Each guide in this series goes into different neighborhoods and highlights interesting people, places and things.
Young and Meyers are the co-hosts of “The Bowery Boys,” a city-centric podcast with informative banter about NYC’s diverse and often surprising history. In this book, this duo takes through the backstories of different eras of the city amid its once gas-lit back alleyways and cobblestone streets. It also incorporates guides to various parts of NYC, including Hell’s Kitchen, Columbus Circle, Astor Place, Tribeca and Little Italy.
2023 marks the centenary of this museum based in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighborhood. This book, which was released three years before the museum’s birthday year, takes readers on an incredible timeline of NYC – from its time as the land that the Lenape occupied to today’s bustling metropolis. This tour is illustrated by some 250 objects from the Museum of The City of New York’s collection, which spans to paintings, drawings, photographs, manuscripts, decorative arts and artifacts.
Kids can enjoy this famous Fifth Avenue museum, which holds artwork spanning over 5,000 years and from around the world. This children’s book brings together significant highlights of The Met’s massive collection including Egyptian amulets, Medieval tapestries, Renaissance suits of armor, and modern-day baseball cards. Young readers can follow along on this special visit,
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Compelling books on travel inspire readers to not only learn about destinations and cultures across the globe, but also, lock in that bucket list trip they’ve been dreaming about. As most travelers can attest, exploring a new locale keeps the brain sharp, curiosities peaked, and humanity intact. Much may be gleaned through reading the memoirs, poems, and true tales of adventurers; seeing beautiful photography; and following writers down the rabbit hole, through verdant valleys, and up and over mountain peaks.
Booking.com and Warner Bros. Pictures have this week announced a new collaboration to celebrate the holidays and the debut of Wonka (in theatres December 15). The limited-time collaboration comes in the form of two sugar-coated stays at Wonka’s Sweet Suites in both New York and Los Angeles.
At this time of year, hotels all over the world feature unusual amenities. But this one in New York City is a great way to get in some meditation and creativity while you test out your artistic skills. And get a great holiday gift – for yourself.
Since the holidays can be a hectic and stressful time of year, why not gift the person you care about a destination-inspired candle? This way they can whisk themselves to their favorite places in the world, right from the comfort of home and whenever the mood strikes.
Fiona Khuong-Huu, 16, is a pre-college student at The Julliard School and a guest artist and violinist who is part of the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts. The series is geared for children ages six and older and is a fantastic, fun way to introduce a younger generation to the world of classical music.
The highest echelon of hotels know how to take an experience and bed it into something that lives on in the heart. The world’s finest perfumiers do a remarkably similar job. So it’s fitting that - increasingly - the two are coming together as hoteliers create brilliantly evocative scents - and perfumiers pay homage to their favorite hotels creating an experiential circle of glorious memories.
The holiday season is a magical time to visit New York City. While Rockefeller Center is a must-see, thanks to its famous Christmas tree and ice skating rink, Manhattan has many other spots for taking in holiday lights and festivities.
Authorities suspended international flights at one airport and closed four bridges between the U.S. and Canada in the Niagara Falls area following an incident where a vehicle crashed and exploded on impact on the Rainbow Bridge.
The Mandarin Oriental, New York is an ideal choice for travelers who want to enjoy a city escape—one that couples the best of bustling Manhattan with the luxury of a cocoon-like pied-ȧ-terre elevated high above the ground.
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