Thursday, December 24, 2009

Inside look at the city’s little neighborhoods

A new book, “New York: The Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods,” is a must-have guide to 20 of the city’s most distinctive ethnic enclaves.

Both the first time visitor to New York City and seasoned natives will enjoy this unique “how to” book, which captures the spirit of each neighborhood by offering tips on where to eat, shop and visit off the beaten track in all five boroughs.

The book includes directions to each destination from Grand Central and a “local flavors” sidebar suggests authentic dishes to try from each culture.

In Queens, sample Moussaka in Astoria’s Little Athens, or Basbousa in Little Egypt. Head to the Bronx to try Pasulj in Belmont’s Little Albania or homemade ravioli in Little Italy. In Brooklyn, visit the Shmura Matzoh Bakery in Borough Park’s Little Jerusalem, eat kibbe in Bay Ridge’s Little Beirut, or experience the boardwalk in Brighton Beach’s Little Odessa. Take the ferry to Staten Island’s Little Sri Lanka for a meal of Coconut Roti and String Hoppers. And, don’t miss the chimichangas in East Harlem’s Little Mexico or the Foufou in Harlem’s Little Senegal.

Other local featured neighborhoods include Flatbush’s Little West Indies and Greenpoint’s Little Poland.

“New York: The Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods” by Naomi Fertitta with photography by Paul Aresu is available on and major retailers nationwide.


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