Over several periods of living in New York, most recently for a job relocation that lasted a few years, Annie Dudkiewicz developed a deep love for the city. She has been sharing that love in the popular Hebrew-language blog Beemasheli: Family Life in the Big City. Now, in this book, Annie is taking her romance with New York to the next level. “I wanted to show ‘my’ New York to other people. Especially the things that are special, cool, different. Small restaurants, walking tours, shops that not everyone knows about,” she writes. “New York has everything – it’s mainstream and it’s fringe, it’s a sophisticated city for grown-ups and also a giant playground for kids, it has grassy expanses alongside the river and subway tracks covered in graffiti. You don’t have to choose, you can have it all.”
Some of the ideas in this book are great for a family trip or for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour, others are right for a girls’ weekend with a focus on fashion, design, and cocktails, some work for romantic getaways, and others are perfect for the solo traveler. This book isn’t just for tourists, it’s for locals, too, and for people who plan to live in the city and want to discover its secrets.