- Musical New York, by Carol J. Binkowski
- Frommer's Memorable Walks in New York,
by Reid Bramblett
- All Around the Town: Amazing Manhattan
Facts and Curiosities, by Patrick Bunyan. A fun
book with a ton of great New York trivia. One of the
Songlines' most important sources.
- New York's 100 Best Little Places to
Shop, by Eve Claxton
- Literary New York: A History and Guide, by Susan
Edmiston and Linda D. Cirino. This is really in-depth.
- Guide to New York City Landmarks, by
Andrew S. Dolkart
The East Village, New York City, by Ephemera Press. An
map of the East Village's cultural landmarks.
- The WPA Guide to New York City: The Federal
Writers Project Guide to 1930s New York
- Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants,
by Curt Gathje and Carol Diuguid
- Greenwich Village: A Primo Guide to Shopping,
Eating and Making Merry in True Bohemia, by
Robert Heide and John Gilman. A love letter to one of
Manhattan's most fascinating neighborhoods.
- New York: Songs of the City, by
- New York City Starwalks: A Guide to the
Exclusive Haunts, Habits and Havens of the Big Apple's
Happening Celebs, by Larry "Wolfe" Horwitz. An
exhaustive if star-struck guide to your famous neighbors.
(If the celebrity columnist from The Onion actually
knew about celebrities, he'd be this guy.)
- Manhattan on Film 2, by Chuck Katz.
- Rock and Roll Explorer Guide to New York City, by Mike Katz and Crispin Kott. Chock full of historic addresses and tales from rock history.
- Radical Walking Tours of New York City, by Bruce Kayton. This book introduced me to the
history written on Manhattan's streets.
- The New York of the Novelists, by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
The Lower East Side: Remembered &
Revisited, by Joyce Mendelsohn. A
meticulously researched guide from a great street historian.
- Touring the Flatiron: Walks in Four
Historic Neighborhoods, by Joyce Mendelsohn.
Another excellent neighborhood guide.
- The Beat Generation in New York: A
Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City, by Bill Morgan.
A wide-ranging look at the haunts of the Beats.
- The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of
Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins, by Henry Moscow.
A fascinating reference work.
- Living It Up: A Guide to the Named Apartment
Houses of New York, by Thomas E. Norton and Jerry
E. Patterson. I admire
this sort of thing--an obsessive focus on a single aspect
of New York life.
- The Streets Where They Lived: A Walking
Guide to the Residences of Famous New Yorkers, by
Stephen W. Plumb. A fine guide to the locales of significant
- The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations,
by Tony Reeves. It's worth buying for the New
York locations alone.
- Infamous Manhattan, by Andrew Roth.
Well-researched, well-written guide to Gotham's crimes.
- New York Notorious: A Borough-by-Borough
Tour of the City's Most Infamous Crime Scenes, by
Paul Schwartzman and
Rob Polner. Enjoys the subject a little too much.
- Shecky's Bar, Club and Lounge Guide. Um... could use a little work.
- Secret New York: The Unique Guidebook to
New York's Hidden Sites, Sounds & Tastes, by
Robert Sietsema. The Voice's food critic knows his stuff.
- Manhattan Block By Block: A Street Atlas,
by Jack Tauranac. The essential map of Manhattan.
- Time Out New York Bars & Clubs. Far
superior to Shecky's.
- AIA Guide to New York City, by
Norval White and Elliot Willensky. Every New Yorker should
have a copy of this book.
- New York, A Guide to the Metropolis:
Walking Tours of Architecture and History, by Gerard R.
Wolfe. Very detailed and informative.
- New York's Nooks and Crannies, by David Yeadon.
My first intro to a lot of New York's best stuff.
Other Useful Books:
- From Urban Village to East Village: The
Battle for New York's Lower East Side, by Janet L. Abu-Lughod
- The Gangs of New York: An Informal History
of the Underworld, by Herbert Asbury
- Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture
and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940, by George Chauncey
- New York Confidential, by Sharon Churcher
- Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan
in the 1920s, by Ann Douglas
- The Epic of New York City, by Edward Robb Ellis
- In Old New York: A Classic History of
New York City, by Thomas Janvier
- Lights and Shadows of New York Life, by
James D. McCabe, Jr.
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral
History of Punk, by Legs McNeil and Gillian
McCain. Those blokes in London were just a bunch of
copycats, to hear them tell it.
- Low Life, by Luc Sante. A
tremendous inspiration--not enough addresses, though!
- The New York Chronology, by
James Trager. A year-by-year account of New York's growth, changes
and milestones--packed full of info.
- Republic of Dreams; Greenwich Village:
The American Bohemia, 1910-1960, by Ross
Note: Books not linked are generally out of print; you
might find them through Advanced Book Exchange or interlibrary loan.
New York History:
New York Blogs:
- Curbed. A blog about
New York City's greatest passion, real estate.
- Gawker. Largely about
New York media.
- Gothamist. Covers New York crime
as well as media.
Miscellaneous New York: