By The Book

Although I can’t recommend that you buy the book — just yet.

I just returned from a trip to Manhattan during which my friend opened my eyes to a series of books call the Not For Tourists Guides.

The Manhattan edition of the book is fantastic (and small enough to place into a back pocket), providing tips that I never would have known, or even thought to look up.

Did you know that the Staten Island Ferry is free? It also provides wonderful views of the city as well as the Statue of Liberty.

But enough about the Big Apple! The NFT Guides have just released their first Atlanta edition (2005-2006) and I purchased a copy in a bookstore in New York.

I’ve been in Atlanta since 1995 so I will be interested in finding out the things I’ve yet to learn, do, or see. Time will tell if this is worthy of a purchase for all, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be the guinea pig.

To find out more about the Atlanta edition follow this link.

4 Comments so far

  1. Chris (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 11:40 pm

    At ABC a few fridays ago they were free. It seems pretty good.

  2. Moise (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 12:32 am

    I went to the NFT Atlanta release party early this summer and they were giving them away for free. It’s handy (to keep in the car) and I’ve used it a few times, but I can’t say that I’ve used it enough to justify the $17 they have it listed for in the book stores.

    The size of each book depends on the kind of city it was written about. For example, LA has a huge book (for car use only), NYC has a small pocket-sized book, and Atlanta has a medium sized book that could be used in the car or carried around.

  3. Jay (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    Do the people who wrote this live in Atlanta? I just picked it up, and the few sections I’ve looked through (bicycles, transit, lgbt and some of the neighborhoods) are rather disappointing. It seems to be full of the same cynical, pessimistic and un-helpful crap you find everywhere else. For L5P, the only coffee shop it lists is Starbucks. Good Lord!

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2005 @ 4:03 pm

    I question their residency as well.

    I sent them an email notifying them that the exit numbers printed in their 2005-2006 edition refer to the exit numbers before they were changed in 2000.

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