I received a question this week from Don S., a Johnny Jet reader and Leo Laporte listener (I call into Leo’s The Tech Guy show every Saturday): “I heard you speaking on the Leo Laporte show. You talked about Europe for $50 a day. Do you know where I could get information on how to do New York City and Broadway on the cheap? I’ve heard that you can stay in New Jersey and take a train in. However, I’m looking for someone that has done it and has a plan. Maybe you have a friend who’s written the book or you can point me 2 information on the subject. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you greatly have a great 2017 and I look forward to hearing from you.”

I immediately replied and told him the “$50 a day” book I was talking about was Nomadic Matt’s New York Times bestseller. The book is about world travel, not New York City. However, the topic came about when Leo brought up Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day” book that Arthur wrote back in the early 60s. And as it turns out, the best New York city guide book that I could find for Don is Pauline Frommer’s (Arthur’s daughter) book titled “Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City 2017.”

I haven’t read the book, but according to Amazon: “Pauline Frommer’s highly-personal guide to her own home city has, in previous editions, twice been named ‘Best Guidebook of the Year’ by the North American Travel Journalists Association. It has been the best-selling guide to the city for the last three years. Though she deals with luxury choices as well as bargains, she makes a special effort to overcome New York’s reputation for stratospheric prices, ferreting out scores of moderately-priced options in lodgings, meals, attractions, entertainment and more. Like all Easy Guides, this annually-researched and popular best-seller is ‘Quick to Read, Light to Carry’—and colorfully written. Fully updated yearly, and printed in large, easy-to-read type, the book contains:

  • Handy pull-out map and bulleted maps throughout
  • Self-guided walking tours
  • Exact prices and subway directions for every listing in the book, so there are never any nasty surprises
  • Opinionated advice on what to see and what to skip
  • Insightful discussions of New York’s history and culture
  • 16-page photo guide with vibrant photographs, at the front of the book plus black and white photos throughout”


Does anyone have other New York City guide book recommendations for Don? If so, please leave them in the comments below!

Grab it: Grab “Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City 2017” on Amazon from $11.17.

Johnny Jet

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2 Comments On "Is This the Best New York City Guide?"
  1. Pauline Frommer|

    Thanks for the shout out John! I pour my heart and soul into that book every year. Like all the Frommer guides it is written by people who live in the city they cover (I’ve lived in Gotham my entire life). Here’s another recent review from Amazon: “Got the book right before we left and devoured it on the plane. Wish it had come earlier, because I would have paid HALF as much for the Broadway show we saw (the book gives smart strategies on how to save on tickets, and I realized I’d paid too much! Grrr!) I also ended up changing our plans for our time in the city, based on the really smart itineraries in the book. They were great: they broke the city up into sections and helped me plan days that allowed me to see different areas without spending too much time getting from place to place. Looking back at our original plan (which I’d cobbled together with another not as good guide, plus internet research) I realize now that it would have been a disaster. You think of the city as being not that big, but it takes time to get from place to place! The restaurant suggestions were topnotch, and some had just opened months before (the waitress was really surprised to hear I’d found them through a guidebook). But what I liked about the book most was that the writer writes in a really personal, smart way so there’s a point of view, not just a lot of facts. And the writer tells you not only what to see, but WHY (with enough details so you can make up your own mind). She also is pretty blunt about things that are a waste of time, the kind of advice I didn’t find on the internet or in the other guide, and which was really helpful, because there’s just not enough time to see and do everything you’d want to in the city. By the way, New York City is great! I hope to come back some day.”

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Thanks for taking the time to write! I bet you did pour your heart into it that’s why I will continue to recommend it. See you soon.

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