Secret New York

Secret New York

An Unusual Guide

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New York offers endless opportunity to step off the program and peer into the city's fascinating past and present. Secret New York - An Unusual Guide is an indispensible resource for those who thought they already knew everything about America's metropolis, or want to begin exploring it hidden places.

Publisher: Versailles : Jonglez Publishing, 2012-
ISBN: 9782361952372
9782361950248
2361950243
Branch Call Number: 917.471 RIVES
Characteristics: 416 pages
Notes: "Local guides by local people"--Cover
"Discover Secret Gardens, decipher ancient riddles on tombstones, visit a disturbed Indian burial ground, observe the stars and planets through a university telescope, frown at a bronze statue of Lenin, harvest mastodon food in Central Park, enjoy the aroma of a roomful of dirt, find a Venetian palazzo above a former stable, spot the forbidden island that was once declared a sovereign nation by a guy in a rowboat, track down a townhouse concealing a subway tunnel, walk under the canopy of the primeval forest, read a memorial plaque to an event that happened in another dimension, fall into a trance before a piece of subway art that flickers and moves, have your bicycle blessed in church. New York offers endless opportunity to step off the program and peer into the city's fascinating past and present. An indispensable resource for those who thought they already knew everything about America's metropolis, or want to begin exploring its hidden places"--Cover

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Apr 18, 2017

Reading Secret New York in the weeks before visiting set the perfect tone for my whirlwind visit. There are so many treasures hidden in a city this vast that you would hustle by them in the rush of pedestrian traffic, unless you knew where to look.

A section of the Berlin Wall on display in an ordinary midtown office building atrium sparked a conversation about post-war Germany that wouldn't have happened otherwise.

None of the spots featured in this book would figure into an ordinary tour guide, but having a heightened awareness of my surroundings made the journey to the classic spots much more enjoyable. Sometimes the joy is in the journey, not the destination #historymadereal #slowdown

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