New York in Style: A Guide to the City's Fashion, Design and Style Destinations

Melbourne Univ. 2015. 288p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9780522866476. pap. $34.99. TRAV
Australian author McCulloch (Paris: A Guide to the City's Creative Heart) is a frequent visitor to New York. She knows the city and delights in sharing its many sides. When comparing it to the world's other great metropolises, she finds that New York always comes out on top; as she says, "Few superlatives can properly articulate this place, no matter how eloquent. Words can't do this place justice…. To understand it, you simply have to visit it and experience its distinctive inimitable style for yourself." Each chapter covers a different neighborhood and includes handmade-looking maps. Sumptuous photographs encompassing architecture, parks, stores, restaurants, products, and food add interest. Each section lists practicalities, hotels, dining options, and suggestions for meandering. Tips from insiders, such as museums loved by New Yorkers or New York architectural gems (where else would you learn about the Smallpox Hospital?), add interest. Quotes from famous visitors and residents including Woody Allen, Truman Capote, and Charlie Chaplin contribute perspective. "Trivia" shares tidbits, such as where Jerry Seinfeld's character lived, the homes of real-life people, or locations for movie characters (e.g., Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock's Rear Window).
VERDICT This inclusive portrait will fill the bill for both actual and armchair visitors.
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