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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

READ THIS: NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES By Judith Stonehill & Alexandra Stonehill Foreword by Ethan Hawke

We bet you think you know it all about New York.  According to our studies, you, the Whom You Know reader, boasts a demographic of a higher education at selective schools, a sizeable income, and a penchant for knowing what is going on, because you read us of course!  But we are telling you to read this: New York's Unique and Unexpected Places has told us of places that even Peachy Deegan hasn't seen and even hasn't heard of.  The title is certainly fitting.

By Judith Stonehill and Alexandra Stonehill, this informative compilation includes sites both new and old, and it starts with one of our favorites: The Irish Hunger Memorial.  This reminds Peachy Deegan of the mother country, of course, and she saw it being built outside 3 World Financial Center when she worked there for Lehman Brothers.  Originally built in the 1820s in County Mayo, this roofless dwelling was brought to Manhattan and reconstructed here.  The large stones "scattered about" come from each of the 32 counties of Ireland.    This happens to be our favorite of the book and how convenient that it comes first!

On Page 186-187 an index of places is presented, and others of interest to our readers include:

Starting Downtown, we see the American Skyscraper Museum-what could be a better place for this!  Next on our list is the Museum of American Finance-Just down the street from that buttonwood tree where the NYSE was established....Economy Candy-a little late for Trick-or-Treating in November-but surely there is enough candy here to last until next Halloween!

The Merchant's House museum certainly looks like an undiscovered Manhattan treasure: we look forward to seeing the home of the Treadwell family.  The Grolier Club has made the list "to see" as well: surely if you are reading "Read This" you are a bibliophile!  Since 1970, the Film Forum has been a hot spot for alternative theater, and this is one more attractive stop downtown-we hear the projection equipment is great.

The Museum of FIT is a must-see for every Whom You Know reader!  With more than 50,000 collection items including 4,000 pairs of shoes, how can you not go?  The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central rounds out our list of places we would also strongly recommend.

The photography in this book is a strong component of its success and in each unexpected place you'll see it accompanied by excellent photographs.

But this is Peachy's opinion-you should check these spots out, and much more!  Whom You Know recommends NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES By Judith Stonehill & Alexandra Stonehill Foreword by Ethan Hawke- so many great places to consider visiting! We recommend you visit them soon before the cold weather becomes even colder!


NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES (Universe; ISBN: 978-0-7893-2011-7; $24.95 US; November 2009) highlights over fifty less familiar, but fascinating sites in New York City. With Judith Stonehill’s erudite and irresistible guidance, the reader can visit a wildlife refuge or an innovative center for architecture; roam through small museums dedicated to finance, sculpture, and fashion; observe river traffic from a waterfront boardwalk, or listen to the urban cacophony of melodious songbirds from an optimum urban spot. The last page of the book is intentionally left blank so the reader can record his or her own list of favorite destinations. Visually striking with more than 200 illustrations, the original photography and maps are juxtaposed with vintage images in a sophisticated design, making NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES not just another guidebook of New York City and its boroughs, but a treasure trove for those who love the idiosyncratic details that make up this dazzling city. Not just for visitors, even the most adventurous native New Yorker will find UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES to explore!
NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES include: Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island * Biblical Garden at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Upper Manhattan * Bowne & Company Stationers, Lower Manhattan * Brooklyn Flea, Fort Greene, Brooklyn * Campbell Apartment, Midtown Manhattan * Center for Architecture, Greenwich Village * Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Midtown Manhattan * Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Staten Island * Dyckman Farmhouse, Upper Manhattan * Economy Candy, Lower East Side * Elevated Acre, Lower Manhattan * Film Forum, South Village * Garden at St. Luke’s in the Fields, Greenwich Village * Garden of Stones, Lower Manhattan * Gardens of the Cloisters, Upper Manhattan * Grolier Club, Midtown Manhattan * Greenmarket Farmers Market, Midtown Manhattan * High Line, Greenwich Village/Chelsea * Hispanic Society of America, Upper Manhattan * Hua Mei Bird Garden, Lower East Side * Idlewild Books, Chelsea * Irish Hunger Memorial, Lower Manhattan * Italian American Museum, Little Italy/Chinatown * Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Broad Channel, Queens * Japan Society, Midtown Manhattan * Joanne Hendricks Cookbooks, South Village * Little India, Jackson Heights, Queens * Louis Armstrong House Museum, Corona, Queens * Map Room of the New York Public Library, Midtown Manhattan * Merchant’s House Museum, East Village * Museum at Eldridge Street, Lower East Side/Chinatown * Museum of American Finance, Lower Manhattan * Museum of Chinese in America, Lower East Side/Chinatown * Museum of the City of New York, Upper Manhattan * Museum at FIT, Chelsea * New York Academy of Medicine, Upper Manhattan * New York City Fire Museum, South Village * New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn * Nicholas Roerich Museum, Upper Manhattan * Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, Queens * Pageant Print Shop, East Village * Poets House, Lower Manhattan * P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens * Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea * Russ & Daughters, Lower East Side * Scandinavia House, Midtown Manhattan * Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, Upper Manhattan * The Skyscraper Museum, Lower Manhattan * Tender Buttons, Midtown Manhattan * Three Lives & Company, Greenwich Village * Wave Hill, Riverdale, Bronx 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Judith Stonehill, author of GREENWICH VILLAGE: A Guide to America’s Legendary Left Bank (Universe Publishing, 2002), and co-author of BROOKLYN: A Journey Through the City of Dreams (Universe Publishing, 2004) was co-owner of the much beloved New York Bound Bookshop, which specialized in antiquarian and new books about the city. Prior to that, she had been a vice-president of the South Street Seaport Museum, and director of the Corporate Fund at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Alexandra Stonehill’s photographs have been printed in publications in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Ethan Hawke is an internationally acclaimed actor, writer, and director. He lives in New York City. 

NEW YORK’S UNIQUE & UNEXPECTED PLACES By Judith Stonehill & Alexandra Stonehill; Foreword by Ethan Hawke Universe Publishing, an imprint of Rizzoli New York Hardcover; 192 pages; 208 color photographs and illustrations plus 56 maps; 6 ½ ̎ x 8 ½ ̎ ISBN: 978-0-7893-2011-7 PRICE: $24.95 US / $29.95 CAN PUBLICATION DATE: November 2009 

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