Fodor's New York City 2002 : The Guide for All Budgets, Updated Every Year, with a Pullout Map and ColorPhotos
Release Date: 28 August, 2001
NYC can be overwhelming even for the repeat visitor. Be prepared, and use Fodor's. What I loved about the guide is that it breaks the city down into neighborhoods. You can pick the ones you want to visit, and wander through a different one each day. I originally tried to visit NYC with a map highlighted with the sights I wanted to see. It was a wild goose chase! The suggested itineraries in Fodor's made it easier, and I wasn't harried by running all over the city.
Fodor's has done good by NYC here. This tome is packed with juicy tid-bits throughout. If you 'Need A Break?' during your walking, there are literally hundreds of highlighted cafes, corner deli's, candy shops, and bakaries for you to peruse-separated by neighborhood and borough.
This book is divided into different chapters, the first dealing mainly with Manhattan and its different neighborhoods. Want to visit the grill/movie studio owned by actor Robert De Niro? It's in here. Want to visit the former homes of any number of famous New Yorkers? Or the bar in which poet Dylan Thomas supposedly drank himself to death? The restaurants where Hemingway and others wrote? Prohibition-era speakeasy's? All these and much more are expounded upon.
There is a dizzying array of info on museums, nightclubs, music clubs, restaurants, transit systems, and tours. My wife and I have been devouring this book in the months before our trip to NYC. It has been a blast. The beginning of the book also includes some nice color photography of various key sights and Fodor's has done readers a great service by listing its 'moments not to miss' on one page (things like where to be for a great sunset or the most romantic restaurant etc.).
Also helpful are numerous itineraries for walking tours based on a 3 day or 5 day trip to NYC. The inside cover includes a checklist of items to cover in the months up to your trip (reservations, finances etc.)
After returning from our trip, my wife and I can say that this book was a MASSIVE help to us. We carried it around in our bag and stopped each day once or twice to review it as we walked around. A great resource.