"Time Out" Book of NewYork Walks ("Time Out" Guides) - Penguin Books Ltd
Status: New - There is perhaps no more walk-able place on earth (and no more walked) than Manhattan, the handy numbered grid north of 14th street meaning you...... more
Status: New - There is perhaps no more walk-able place on earth (and no more walked) than Manhattan, the handy numbered grid north of 14th street meaning you will rarely get lost. Yet no matter how many times the streets are strolled, they always throw up some new curiosity. All of which makes New York a prime candidate to be the third in Time Out's series after London and Paris. Detailed listings of cafés, restaurants, bars and sites mentioned accompany each story, along with clear maps and colour photographs.What sets this guide apart from more conventional tourist route planners is the idiosyncratic, unique nature of the 23 urban-hikes highlighted. The book finds the city's quirky nooks and crannies. Contributors write in the first-person, telling of their personal favourite strolls or following cultural themes--from the beat generation and a "Rock & Roll Shopping Spree" to the punky meat-packing district art scene or the ghost of the Algonquin Hotel literary circle. New York Walks also goes beyond the usual Manhattan territory to Harlem parks and the hairy edges of Alphabet City; to Brooklyn Heights, "Perfume Greek" and Flushing, Queens.Tread William Boyd's regular Upper East Side route via his favourite café. Go down memory lane with former Moscow resident Valeria Stivers amid Brighton Beach's Russian community. Explore gay New York with drag queen Lady Bunny, who promises, "inexpensive eateries, bargain basements and places to meet men". Find out where Gerry Adams drinks when in New York and visit the site of the Stonewall gay riots. Yep, Time Out's collection is definitely not your "usual" Big Apple exploration.The streets are brought alive with the anecdotes of the writers. Alternative social/cultural histories are pursed with enthusiasm. Pioneering activist Peter Stringer's walk flashes back to the early 1970s, when he was writing Animal Liberation, the book that spawned the modern movement. Former homeless crack-addict Lee Stringer re-walks the 50-block route from his dealer to Grand Central Station's roof ("the crawlspace I then called home").Perhaps the most notable "walk" of all, is the "Urban Jungle Safari" by Christina Veran. This takes you to the hip-hop sights of Harlem and the Bronx, encompassing "Rocksteady Park", the site of Malcom X's assassination, Keith Haring territory, Afrika Bambaataa's housing project and Jimmy's Bronx Café where Puff Daddy hangs out. --Sarah Champion
Who could possibly be the target audience for Flawless? Walter (Robert De Niro) is a homophobic policeman who suffers a stroke while responding to gunshots in...... more
Who could possibly be the target audience for Flawless? Walter (Robert De Niro) is a homophobic policeman who suffers a stroke while responding to gunshots in his own apartment building; for speech therapy, he starts taking singing lessons from his neighbour Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman of Magnolia and Boogie Nights), a gay drag queen who's saving up money for a sex-change operation. However, there's another storyline that takes up at least as much time as that one, about a drug dealer and his goons trying to find money that was stolen from them, brutally beating up everyone in their path. Furthermore, the local gay community (in New York City) seems to consist entirely of drag queens and Log Cabin Republicans and one of Walter's cop buddies goggles at drag queens as if he's just arrived from the middle of Iowa. All the characters--including various prostitutes, drug dealers, a hotel clerk who's a shifty mummy's boy, as well as the aforementioned drag queens and cops--are horrific stereotypes. De Niro and Hoffman, both extremely talented actors, do all they can to overcome their cliché-studded dialogue but they never seem to be in the same movie. This is far from inspiring stuff written and directed by the wildly uneven Joel Schumacher, whose up-and-down career includes The Lost Boys, St Elmo's Fire and Falling Down as well as the horror that was Batman & Robin. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
Status: New - Eloise lives with her nanny at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The daughter of rich parents, she is left daily to her own devices. She knows...... more
Status: New - Eloise lives with her nanny at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The daughter of rich parents, she is left daily to her own devices. She knows everything about The Plaza and everyone in it. Henry James would want to study her, and Queen Victoria would recognise her as an equal.
Status: New - On this winding Door Tour, hitting every stop from hip Williamsburg to elegant Sutton Place, the soul of New York City is revealed through this...... more
Status: New - On this winding Door Tour, hitting every stop from hip Williamsburg to elegant Sutton Place, the soul of New York City is revealed through this most unlikely medium. The remarkable row house doors, warehouse gates, extravagant entryways, and even construction sites documented here represent the people, culture, and attitude of the "City that Never Sleeps." From welcoming to ominous, brazen to bleak, astonishing portals can be found in quiet neighborhoods in Queens, graveyards in the Bronx, and small stores in Manhattan. More classically beautiful doors adorn the homes of some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in America. Gorgeous entrances to hotel lobbies lure you into luxurious interiors. In Brooklyn, graffiti artists turn industrial zones into studios, doors into canvases. Allan Markman opens the door to a visual jam session of urban architecture, but you must walk through it yourself.
Advantages: clean, luxurious, location, characters Disadvantages: cleaner stole but would have happened in any resort hotel
...When we came to be looking to book to go to Disneyland Paris we obviously had to spend a bit of time thinking about the accomodation that we wanted to stay in. Most of the people I knew had stayed in the Hotel Cheyenne which was one of the cheaper hotels on the resort but we decided that we wanted to stay closer to the Disney village and parks and so we decided to stay in the Hotel New York...
Advantages: Clean, nice rooms - amazing views from roof top balcony Disadvantages: 24 Hour coffee bar was actually a vending machine!!
...My lovely husband booked a short stay in New York for my ?surprise? 30th birthday. This was in 2002 and we went there at the beginning of October of that year. Just as a side note before I start the review of the hotel, the weather was fantastic and for much of the time we went out regularly in T-shirts.
Anyway we stayed at The Bentley Hotel for the whole of our stay and overall we were...
Advantages: City cenre, riiverside location. Close to ameneties and attractions Disadvantages: Potentially noisy nightlife just across the river
I know my way around York quite well, however the hotel is located off well sign-posted streets and can easily by found by anyone new to the city. It is within easy walking distance (5-10 minutes) from the Railway Station. My only criticism of locating the hotel would be that its signage is low-key and therefore has to be looked-for, as opposed to being obvious and jumping out at you...