Congratulations to the winner of I Never Knew That About New York, Michele Peterson!
Whether you are a visitor to the city or a native New Yorker, you’ll enjoy browsing through Christopher Winn’s newest book: I Never Knew That About New York (Plume, 2014).
Between its yellow-taxi-colored covers, the 288-page paperback is filled with interesting, informative, and little known bits of history and trivia that will enrich any reader’s understanding of the city. The content reaches back in time but also includes information as current as the effects on the city of Hurricane Sandy. You can’t help but be astounded by how much has happened here over 400 years and all that’s been captured by the author. A few examples:
- Most visitors don’t know that while the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, its pedestal composed of 24,000 tons of concrete was built and paid for here.
- If you pass by No. 153 Broadway, you may want to linger: This address was once the location of the first moving picture ever shown to a paying audience.
- On the Lower East Side, you can visit the site of the oldest clothing retailer in America. Brooks Brothers opened its doors here in 1818 at the corner of Cherry and Catherine Streets.
- Did you know that all distances to and from the city are officially calculated to and from Columbus Circle?
- One last example: Wouldn’t it be fun to sip a cappuccino at Café Reggio in Greenwich Village? The first café in America to serve the European import, it’s been featured in The Godfather II, Serpico and Shaft.
The discoveries go on and on, block-by-block, neighborhood-by-neighborhood…
Although the book can also be read in an armchair (or on a treadmill in its Kindle edition), it is organized as a walking guide with discrete chapters devoted to various neighborhoods. Each one cleverly starts and ends at a subway station but the chapters don’t necessarily have to be read or followed in order.
The book is the latest addition to a popular series by this English author, who has been collecting trivia for more than two decades. He is married to artist Mai Osawa who has done a beautiful job with black and white illustrations.
The publisher (Plume) has agreed to give a copy of the book to one lucky reader of More Time to Travel.
For a chance to win, leave a comment below: Either mention your favorite spot in NYC or if you haven’t yet visited the city that never sleeps, tell why you would like to visit.
The contest ends at midnight EST on April 1, 2014. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced here on April 2. (Sorry, this offer is limited to U.S. mailing addresses only.)
I Never Knew That About New York is available for pre-order from Amazon in advance of its March 25, 2014 publication.
Disclosure: We were provided with a sample of this product for review but any opinions expressed in this post are our own.