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Win three great books set in New York!

15th January 2015

New York

Your chance to win this fabulous prize. The three great books set in New York are:

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The story of the daughter of immigrant parents growing up in the Williamsburg area of the city in the first two decades of the 20th century. Both a profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life. . . A New York classic. ‘If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a real treat – The New York Times

2. Terminal City by Linda Fairstein. An exciting police thriller set in, around and under Grand Central Station in New York. A really nail biting read, and one that absolutely brings the area and its past to life. The mysteries and history of the Station will amaze you! Do you know why the Station was built no further south than 42nd Street?

3. Open City by Teju Cole. ‘A remarkable and highly accomplished first novel… almost irresistibly readable. Exquisitely composed’ – The Independent. The story of a Nigerian doctor who wanders the streets of Manhattan, encountering people from different classes and cultures – opening up new vistas on love, race, identity, friendship, and memory.

To win all three books, all you have to do is complete the Comments box below with your top tips for enjoying a short break in New York. The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Saturday 24th January – and the winner will be the first person out of the hat on Sunday 25th.

Good luck!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 25/01/2015 at 4:52 pm

    Deborah Sutherland – 3 books coming your way when we get your details. Well done and really hope you enjoy them, these are some of fave all time reads for NYC!


  2. User: Susan T.

    Posted on: 21/01/2015 at 3:13 am

    I have never been to New York but for traveling in general I always stop and ask a local for recommendations on what to see and especially where to eat!


  3. User: dawn obrien

    Posted on: 18/01/2015 at 7:27 pm

    research, research and plan, take comfy clothes and shoes and a credit card!


  4. User: Julia Stagg

    Posted on: 18/01/2015 at 5:35 pm

    Spend at least an hour sitting on a bench in Central Park and let the city seep into your bones.


  5. User: Rose

    Posted on: 18/01/2015 at 5:24 pm

    Top of the Rock is the best view as you can see the Empire State from it and the queue is wayyyy shorter.

    The Frick is an awesome art gallery in a Golden Age house on the Upper East side.

    Dean and Deluca for food inspiration and Whole Foods Columbus Circle for a Central Park picnic lunch.

    And only read books set in NYC while you’re there! Edith Wharton, JD Salinger, Gossip Girl…the choice is endless!


  6. User: Angi Holden

    Posted on: 18/01/2015 at 4:13 pm

    Don’t try to do too much – leave plenty of excuses for a return trip!


  7. User: Stephanie

    Posted on: 18/01/2015 at 6:46 am

    EAT! New York is one of my favorite cities in the world and largely because of the vast array of unique places to eat. Where else can you find a shop wholly dedicated to Rice Pudding (Rice to Riches, Nolita), the first pizzeria in the U.S. (Nolita) and a PB & J sandwich restaurant (Peanut Butter & Co., West Village)? That said, after all that eating, maybe you should also try to walk a lot like many have suggested! Good luck everyone 🙂


  8. User: Deborah Sutherland

    Posted on: 17/01/2015 at 10:17 pm

    Like the others said: walk, walk, walk and then (in Manhattan) … take the bus (great aircon if its very cold or very hot and you get to see real New Yorkers), go to the Highline as early in the morning as you possibly can, take the free ferry to Governor’s Island in summer and definitely don’t miss any exhibition at the New York Public library (they’re free)


  9. User: Karen

    Posted on: 16/01/2015 at 6:03 pm

    Don’t have a tip, looking forward to getting one


  10. User: Karen Duff

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 9:35 pm

    The Natural History Museum, the Planetarium, a trip on the Staten Island ferry, a game at Yankee Stadium and chinese at Pandas down on first.


  11. User: Annie Thomas

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 6:45 pm

    Radio City Music Hall in the Rockerfeller Centre is an iconic entertainment venue, particularly known for its Christmas show. This features the Rockettes, a high kicking “precision dance troupe” who are known for their eye level high kicks – performed in five shows a day, seven days a week during the season! It’s unlikely (unless you plan well in advance) that you’d get a ticket for the Christmas show but at other times you can take a behind the scenes tour which takes you round the Art Deco building and you usually get to meet a Rockette at the end! Great for all ages.


  12. User: Emma

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve never been there, so I’d check this site for books to read before I went, and then make a list of things that I want to see – indoors and out, depending on the weather. I would love to go!


  13. User: Lynn Jones

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 1:12 pm

    Walk walk walk …… and try to go at Christmas – it’s magical!


  14. User: aditi3991

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 12:46 pm

    Courtesy: My friend (Dipankar Bose), who visited NY and since then, it’s his favorite city:

    Walking down the streets of Times Square in a breezy afternoon followed by a sumptuous Japanese lunch at Haru’s sushi at 43rd street, followed by spending every penny in shopping at 42nd street and wrapping it up by skiing at the Rockefeller Center and romancing amid the breeze of Central Park makes NYC the best place to be!

    This is what he did when he was in NYC!


  15. User: Flavia Woodwark

    Posted on: 15/01/2015 at 11:40 am

    Walk as much as you can, and when you are tired get onto a Circle Line boat tour round Manhattan Island. I did this fifteen years ago and it stays happily in my memory.