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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Big Adventure Book Club: Secret New York: Exploring the City's Hidden Neighborhoods.

 While planning our Hidden Gems of NYC Big Adventure, we would be incredibly remiss if we didn’t mention this book: Secret New York: Exploring the City's Hidden Neighborhoods.

Written by crazy talented friend of the Big Adventure Michelle Haimoff, Secret New York deftly guides any reader on a tour of neighborhoods, history and some of the better lesser-known locations throughout the city. Part guide book best suited for a walking tour, part history lesson with a splash of nostalgia for old NYC and all chock full of interesting information that is as useful as it is well written. Although the book tends to be a bit Manhattan-centric, it also has that intangible asset of insight from a NYC native.
Secret New York is a fixture on our bookshelf, and along with some other guides, a constant reference. In bookstores.  At Amazon. And Incredibly useful for anyone who has a undying curiosity for NYC.
 Want some additional reading in easy Blog form? Check out Michelle's Q&A about all things NYC from the New York Times' city room from a couple years back:

And, just because we care, here is a sample of that goodness:
I seem to recall that one time I was at Riverbank Park in Manhattan, probably around 143rd Street. Looking East toward what I think would be Riverside Drive, I recall a magnificent building facing the Hudson … it almost looked as if it used to be a grand hotel or something. Any idea?
— Posted by Posted by Yippee1999
You may be referring to “The Castle” on Riverside Drive between 140th and 141st Streets. Designed by John W. Kearney and completed in 1913, the building housed an all-girls Catholic School called St. Walburga’s Academy of the Holy Child Jesus until 1998 when the Fortune Society bought it for $1.2 million. It now serves as a halfway house for the city’s formerly incarcerated.

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