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NYC: Chinatown
by SoundWalk, 2003. Audio CD, 55 minutes.

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"...If you can't make the trek to New York City, this is the closest you can come to first-hand experience of the sights, sounds, and personalities of the Lower East Side... Guided by a local personality [Jami Gong], packed full of interviews, insights, recollections, and cinematic sound effects... This walking tour gives you the inside scoop on Chinatown's opium dens, sweatshops, Buddhist Temples, Chinese Mobsters, and more." --publisher's summary


NYC: Little Italy
by SoundWalk, 2004. Audio CD

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Audio tour/adventure of Little Italy narrated by Vinny Vella.



NYC: Times Square
by SoundWalk, 2003. Audio CD, 46 minutes.
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"This walking tour gives you the inside scoop on the Times Square's 42nd Street, peep shows, jazz, ritzy hotels, and more." narrated by Timothy "Speed" Levitch.


NYC: Meat Packing District
by SoundWalk, 2003. Audio CD

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"This walking tour gives you the inside scoop on the Meat Packing District's butchers, designers, transvestites, promoters, and more." narrated by "Ivy".


NYC: Bronx
by SoundWalk, 2003. Audio CD

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"..Take the 4 Train to Yankee Stadium for baseball lore and more; in Part 2, take the 5 Train to Hunts Point for graffiti elitists and hip-hop pioneers; in Part 3, take the 6 Train to the Bronx River, where the Original Jazzy Jay (a hip-hop master and co-founder of Def Jam records) spills the wild, exuberant history of one of the world's most popular musical styles." - audible.com


NYC: DUMBO Brooklyn
by SoundWalk, 2003. Audio CD

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Walking New York : 20 Original Walks Exploring New York City
by George Spelvin, Eve Devereaux
McGraw-Hill, 2001. 184pp

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"Twenty carefully constructed walks lead the visitor into the heart of Manhattan, exploring its world-famous landmarks and revealing intimate pockets of city life generally known only to native New Yorkers. (It includes) a wealth of detail on the history, architecture, contemporary life, and culture of New York City, and practicial visitor information on opening times and transport, and easy-to-follow route maps for each walk." --book description

Forgotten New York: Views of a Lost Metropolis
by Kevin Walsh
Harper Collins, 2006. 384pp.

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Author of Forgotten-NY.com comes out with his book about the bits of New York history most people have forgot about. The book "Forgotten New York covers all five boroughs with easy-to-use maps and suggested routes to hundreds of out-of-the way places, antiquated monuments, streets to nowhere, and buildings from a time lost." book description

The Big Onion Guide to New York City: Ten Historic Tours

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"Whether you're a tourist or a native New Yorker, you will appreciate this witty, informative walking guide to New York City, as authors Seth Kamil and Eric Wakin peel back the layers of New York's most popular neighborhoods. Here in one volume are their award-winning tours. In their "Immigrant New York" tour you can take a walk on the Bowery, the most infamous street in the city and learn how the city's finest roadway became America's "Skid Row." In "Before Stonewall" you'll discover the many facets of gay and lesbian history and trace the development of Greenwich Village as a cultural mecca. From SoHo to the Upper West Side; from Harlem to Brooklyn there's something in The Big Onion Guide for everyone." --info from publisher

City Walks: New York: 50 Adventures on Foot
by Martha Fay
Chronicle Books, 2004. 50pp.

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"Each card inthis deck outlines a self-guided walking adventure, with a detailed map on the front and text on the back filled with insider information. From nolita's quaint boutiques and the chic galleries of Chelsea to the hidden treasures of Central Park and the vaulted ceilings of Grand Central Station, you'll discover the locals' favorite places to eat, drink, stop, shop, rest, walk, and play, along with tidbits of the history of Manhattan and the boroughs." --info from publisher

Six Heritage Tours of the Lower East Side: A Walking Guide
by Ruth Limmer
New York University Press, 1997. 214pp.

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"...Long a hub of immigrant cultures, this vibrant section of New York City remains one of the country's most astonishingly diverse neighborhoods. This unique walking guide takes us back to the world of these bustling immigrant enclaves. The historical tours, enlivened by colorful photographs and illustrations, chronicle the evolution of the communities--African, German, Irish, Chinese, Jewish, and Italian--for whom the Lower East Side served as an entryway into America. ..." --info from publisher

Radical Walking Tours of New York City
by Bruce Kayton
Seven Stories Press, 2nd ed. 2003, 240pp.

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"Through Kayton's lens, the history of New York's neighborhoods is the history of class struggles, civil rights battles, and labor movements, and the 12 provocative, educational tours presented here provide for many an eye-opening afternoon. Readers visit Emma Goldman's home in the East Village, Langston Hughes's house in Harlem, the site of Mabel Dodge's salon, the apartment where John Reed wrote Ten Days That Shook the World, the site of Margaret Sanger's first birth control clinic, Black Panther headquarters, and many more little-known points of interest." --info from publisher

The Beat Generation in New York: A Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac's City
by Bill Morgan
City Lights Publishers, 1997. 166pp.

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"If you still groove to the work of the Beat poets, and Kerouac is your idol, a guided visit to their New York stomping grounds is a mandatory pilgrimage. ...Morgan's guidebook provides all the history, stories, neighborhood routes, and Beat trivia you could desire. Each tour is easy to follow. Morgan tells you how long the tours take to walk (most are a couple of hours), how to reach the starting points by subway and bus, and includes a map of the route region, complete with labeled highlights, followed by a narrative that's a pleasure to read, evincing poetic talent, historic knowledge, and specific, precise instructions." --Amazon.com

The Lower East Side Remembered & Revisited
by Joyce Mendelsohn
Lower East Side Press, 2001. 161pp.

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"Presented as a series of self-guided walking tours (maps included) the book is actually an original, deeply researched and wonderfully satisfying history. No mere compendium of facts, "The Lower East Side Remembered & Revisited" fairly overflows with the personalities, anecdotes, institutions and images that have made the Lower East Side a legendary New York neighborhood and a cornerstone of the immigrant experience -- especially, but far from exclusively the Jewish immigrant experience -- in America." --info from publisher

The Jewish Heritage Trail of New York
by Oscar Israelavir
Israelowitz Publishers, 1998. 165pp.

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"Presented as a series of self-guided walking tours (maps included) the book is actually an original, deeply researched and wonderfully satisfying history. No mere compendium of facts, "The Lower East Side Remembered & Revisited" fairly overflows with the personalities, anecdotes, institutions and images that have made the Lower East Side a legendary New York neighborhood and a cornerstone of the immigrant experience -- especially, but far from exclusively the Jewish immigrant experience -- in America." --info from publisher

Infamous Manhattan: A Colorful Walking Tour of New York's Most Notorious Crime Sites
by Andrew Roth
Carol Publishing, 1996. 303pp.

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