Books from Across the Five Boroughs

Turn Off the TV and Tune Back Into Your City

When you’ve spent time watching one too many episodes of whatever show our nation’s collective attention has been turned to this week, flick off the tube and flip open a book. A book we say. Yes, a real one. No, not a digital download on your Kindle. Nope, not an audio version either.

Here, a few of our favorite stories and illustrations from around the city.

All the Restaurants in New York
From romantic spots like Le Bernardin to beloved holes-in-the-wall like Corner Bistro, John Donohue renders people’s favorite restaurants in a manner that captures the emotional pull a certain place can have on the hearts of New Yorkers.

Can’t Give It Away on Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones and New York City
When the Rolling Stones first arrived at JFK Airport in June 1964, they hadn’t even had a hit record in America. By the end of the decade, they were mobbed by packed audiences at Madison Square Garden and were the toast of New York City’s media and celebrity scene.

The Essential New York Times Book of Cocktails
More than 350 drink recipes old and new with great writing from The New York Times.

Every Person in New York, Volume 1
Jason Polan is on a mission to draw every person in New York, from cab drivers to celebrities.

A History of New York in 101 Objects
Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects, Sam Roberts of The New York Times chose fifty objects that embody the narrative of New York for a feature article in the paper. 

Humans of New York – Stories
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York.

The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop
Most civilians get their information about police work from television shows, which are pure fantasy. Here, Osborne takes us into his world, the gritty and not so glamorous life of real street cops.

The New York City Bartender’s Joke Book
Jimmy Pritchard has been collecting jokes from diverse individuals during his career tending bars in New York. This collection includes more than 400 jokes that are sure to have anybody laughing.

New York Crosswords: 50 Big Puzzles
From New York magazine, a spiral-bound collection of fifty recently published crosswords—plus a bonus one created by beloved American composer Stephen Sondheim, the magazine’s original puzzle constructor, for its first issue in 1968.

Secret New York: Color Your Way to Calm
A coloring book that will relax and inspire — all the while transporting you to the wonderful world of New York City.

Turner Classic Movies Cinematic Cities: New York: The Big Apple on the Big Screen
Highlighting the great films set in the Big Apple since the dawn of cinema to the present, Cinematic Cities: New York City is both a trove of information including behind-the-scenes stories and trivia, and a practical guide full of tips on where to go, eat, drink, shop, and sleep to follow along the path of your favorite films set in NYC.