Jun 2, 2009

Fodor's New York City 2009 Guide

Fodor's New York City 2009 came to me from Shelf Awareness in preparation for Book Expo America. I requested the guide to make plans for navigating the city, and it was a great resource for the trip this past weekend.

There are full-color pages throughout of various landmarks, monuments, and other places. There is a pull out map inside with clearly labeled streets and landmarks, as well as a subway system map in the back flap for Manhattan. The subway map helped during the trip to determine which line of the subway to take to our destinations, including to the hotel from Penn Station and from the hotel to the Greenhouse.

Anna and I did pick out a few things to see while in the city, but unfortunately, I revisited Times Square and not much else. Anna saw Times Square for the first time, though it was incredibly crowded. At one point during the day on Friday, we walked by and found Broadway closed off and lawn chairs spread out. According to my friend and photographer, Mike, the lawn chairs are part of a program to get people in office buildings out into the sun during the day, allowing them to breathe in the fresh air.

Fodor's guide is chock full of information about the subway system, its costs, fare cards, and other transportation needs, including appropriate tip amounts for taxis, bellhops, and others. I would highly recommend this guide for those taking a trip to New York City; it provides a comprehensive resource for those looking to see as much as they can in the city that never sleeps. I know I'll be using this guide again when I take my next trip to the city.

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14 comments:

Ladytink_534 said...

I would just LOVE to go to New York one day. I swear I'm going to pick up one of these guides instead and just go online in a sort of virtual tour lol :)

Marvin D. Wilson said...

I love the energy of the City that Never Sleeps. Couldn't live there though - in small doses it's energizing.

Hey Serena - haven't visited here in a while - LOVE the new layout, color combinations, etc. - sweet!

The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

Anna said...

There was fresh air in NYC? :P I liked the lawn chair idea, but I really just wanted to get out of the crowd. It certainly was an experience.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

LadyTink: its a great place to visit. A virtual tour isn't the same.

Marvin: I'm glad you like the new layout. I hope all is well with you.

Anna: Yeah, fresh air...who'd've thunk it.

Toni said...

I love these guides.. I can just pick on up and look at my favorite city and pretend I am there. Welcome home from your Trip.. it sounds magnificent!

Alan said...

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Jeannie said...

Sorry you didn't get the chance to see much while in NYC. I'd love to go there myself some day- shop and eat and just people watch. That would be such an amazing thing!

bermudaonion said...

We took our guide too, but didn't use it as much as I thought we would - I spent most of my time in the Javits Center!

booklineandsinker said...

even though i live about an hour from NYC, i still use (and love) guide books. i can always find nifty stuff in them. a favorite thing is the 'walking tours'--laminated cards with highlighted routes to walk with details about what you walk past.

i love ny...but do appreciate other cities and towns too. other favorites include new orleans, bozeman, mt., oakland and san fran, ca, memphis, tn., chicago, and savannah, ga.

i'd love to visit portland, or, seattle, and boulder, co. those are next on my list of summer road trips!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

This is a fantastic guide, I agree. I reviewed in the fall and found it to be accurate for the restaurants, hotels, shops, and sites I've visited.

I tour out the inserted map to use this weekend ... nice thick paper.

Serena said...

this is one of those guides that is completely comprehensive, and I like the map on the flap for the subway and the pull out street map

Serena said...

booklinesinker: I love those walking tour maps too!

Serena said...

Jeannie: BEA 2010 is going to be a week-long vacation for me I think; I'm going to make time for sight-seeing. Maybe I'll bring the hubby too.

Katie said...

Hi Serena--
I'm glad that our guide came in handy; thanks for sharing your thoughts. If you have any other feedback or recommendations about the guide (or New York!) please feel free to send it to us at editors@fodors.com.

Best,
Katie
Community Manager, Fodors.com