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Apple of my Eye

Apple of my Eye
  • Author(s): Helene Hanff
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1970s

A celebration of her life-long love for New York, Hanff embarked on this project as an assignment, and realized she had not been to many of the main tourist attractions- the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the World Trade...

Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure

Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan’s Lost Places of Leisure
  • Author(s): David Freeland
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Historical
  • Era(s): Various

From the lights that never go out on Broadway to its 24-hour subway system, New York City isn’t called “the city that never sleeps” for nothing. Both native New Yorkers and tourists have played hard in Gotham for centuries,...

Bamboo and Blood

Bamboo and Blood
  • Author(s): James Church
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), North Korea, Switzerland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 1997

It is 1997 and North Korea is in the grip of a terrible famine. When the wife of a North Korean diplomat in Pakistan dies under suspicious circumstances, O is told to investigate, with a curious provison: Don’t look...

Banished Children of Eve

Banished Children of Eve
  • Author(s): Peter Quinn
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1860s, Modern

Set in New York City in 1863, this is a history of the city and its people, from the ground up. Through both fictional and historical characters, Quinn offers a perspective on New York City that doesn’t appear in...

Believe Me

Believe Me
  • Author(s): J P Delaney
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Claire Wright likes to play other people. A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in...

Black Chalk

Black Chalk
  • Author(s): Christopher J Yates
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Oxford
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A compulsively readable psychological thriller set in New York and at Oxford University, in which a group of six students play an elaborate game of dares and consequences, with tragic results One game. Six students. Five survivors. It was...

Black Maps

Black Maps
  • Author(s): Peter Spiegelman
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Years after the personal tragedy that scarred his life, Private Investigator John March lives a twilight existence in Manhattan. He is tough and ruthlessly efficient in his professional life, yet introspective and vulnerable when it comes to his relationships...

Blood Count

Blood Count
  • Author(s): Reggie Nadelson
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

In New York’s Harlem, every street is steeped in history, and the music of jazz legends plays in the memories of its residents. Artie Cohen could feel at home here – if he wasn’t on the trail of a...

Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City
  • Author(s): Jay McInerney
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill,...

Bronx Bound

Bronx Bound
  • Author(s): John Roche
  • Location(s): The Bronx
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1988

The year is 1988 and reporter Matt Brady of The Bronx Ledger is trying hard to get out of both his native borough and the dead-end job he’s stuck in, writing for a weekly newspaper. When he’s sent to...

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