NONFICTION

Off Track Planet's Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke

Pikovsky, Freddie & . Running Pr. 2015. 224p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780762457106. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780762457144. TRAV
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Although low-budget travelers to New York City have their pick of citywide guides, this title by Brooklyn residents Pikovsky and Starostinetskaya (Off Track Planet magazine; offtrackplanet.com) is one of just a handful that focus specifically on their borough. Each chapter introduces a neighborhood or two, describing some of their singular characteristics along with a few hot spots in which to eat, explore, and party. At first glance, this book is likely to appeal to the "young, sexy, and broke" set. Activities include a "Bed-Stuy Hip-Hop Tour" and "5 Ways To Puke at Coney Island." Pages are dotted with full-color photographs, boldly illustrated maps, and large, scrawling fonts. Unfortunately, the raunchy, gleefully offensive, slang-littered style that attracted readers to the Off Track Planet blog fails to transition well to a book. In its desperate attempts to sound effortlessly cool and witty, the writing is so clunky and affected that it makes useful information hard to find.
VERDICT Anyone relying on this book as a primary travel guide will wish the authors had spent a little less time trying to seem edgy and a little more on unsexy details like subway navigation and restaurant prices.

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