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  1. The old Blue Guide New York has over 700 pages of text. The new version seems to have a lot less text. Has it been condensed and/or is there a new and longer version of the Blue guide still available?

    • Thank you for your message Jamie.
      The current edition of Blue Guide New York has more ample coverage of all the sights in Manhattan and Brooklyn and less detail on the outer boroughs. Partly this is driven by what can realistically fit into a single volume, and partly by the publication of The Encyclopedia of New York City, which doomed to vanity any claims we might make to encylcopedic status. For the new edition we decided to go for depth over breadth.

  2. 1. We have expanded our hours. The Museum at Eldridge Street, located in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, is now open Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm, and on Friday from 10am to 3pm. Admission is $10 adults, $8 students/seniors. The Eldridge Street Synagogue is a National Historic Landmark.

    2. The Museum is open for Free on Monday from 10am to 5pm. Also, every Sunday at 1pm we offer a special family program for kids ages 5-10. The price for that is $15 per family.
    3. Also, in 2010 we commissioned a major new permanent stained-glass window for the space by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Kiki Smith is one of the most important American artists of her generation so this is very exciting for us!


  3. On page 66 under the heading of “Trinity Churchyard” the guide states there is a grave on the north side of the churchyard that is the burial place of Charlotte Temple going back to the late 1700s. This information was never validated especially since Charlotte Temple was a fictional character. However on Wednesday, 10 December 2008, workers opened the tomb to find it empty. Indeed it was fiction all along. Please edit this information from the Guide. The story can be read at The New York Times web site: http://tinyurl.com/be9682

  4. While, from a tour guide’s perspective, I was initially disappointed with the edited-out information on the outer boroughs, I find that from a first-time visitors’ perspective, the 4th edition makes an EXCELLENT guide. I believe that the depth with which you delve into the major sites, the new maps and photos, are all superb. I would recommend the 4th edition to anyone, ESPECIALLY first-time (or even second- and third-time) visitors to my fair city. (I will probably keep my 3rd edition on my reference shelf, for my own edification.)

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