Off-Beat New York City Guides for the Curious Traveller

If like me you shy away from mass tourism (with the obvious exception to the rule, of course, like that first-night-in-New-York trip up the Empire State Building I won’t give up…) and love hunting down quirky, hidden places in a city, I know you’re really going to like what I’m about to show you.


Introducing New York: The Collected Guides, six folded pocket-sized guides to the greatest city on earth from Herb Lester Associates. But these aren’t just any folded tourist maps, oh no. These are the most quirky, off-beat, specialised and beautifully designed little pocket guides out there.


Written by locals and designed with beautiful typography and maps, I’ve been lusting after them for a while now. You can buy them separately or they’re offering all of them for £20 packed in a neat little box. Here’s what you can expect inside New York: The Collected Guides:


From ‘How to Find Old New York’ (40 places that belong to an almost dying breed – well-worn luncheonettes, hidden bookshops, vintage cinemas… and not a chain in sight) to ‘Brooklyn, A Bar for All Reasons’, I can’t wait to use these guides on my next trip.

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If you think £20 is a bit too steep, you can buy them separately for £4. Find The Collected Guides here and separate guides here.

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