NYC TRAVEL GUIDES

Brooklyn

Rutgers Press

St. Martin’s Press

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New York, New York, what’s not to love?

Of course, Manhattan’s hard to beat. Maybe that’s why, in 2004, when the “Society of American Travel Writers’ “Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition” awarded my 500-page tome and third Brooklyn guidebook a prestigious bronze for best travel book, they called it a “comprehensive guide to an underrated destination.

My original guide, published in 1991, Brooklyn: Where to Go, What to Do and How To Get There, was the first commercially published guidebook to the borough in 50 years. The series first presaged, then maybe aided, and finally documented the amazing transformation of Brooklyn —yo! a place you longed to leave —into an almost legendarily hip place to live.

Still, when it comes to interesting neighborhoods, Brooklyn’s got stiff competition. My 2006 publication, a 300-page guidebook, Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York’s Undiscovered Borough covers dozens of ethnically authentic neighborhoods, all worth a visit. It also peeks into the rich cultural life of Queens, with essays contributed by the President of Queens College and the head of PS1, now part of the Museum of Modern Art.

And no, there’s not a guide to Staten Island in the works…