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.