Excerpt from Rider's New York City and Vicinity, Including Newark, Yorkers and Jersey City: A Guide-Book for Travelers, With 16 Maps and 18 Plans
The desirability of a comprehensive guide book for what is unquestionably the greatest city in the western hemisphere and in many ... respects the greatest city in the world is so evident that no excuse for attempting its 'preparation seems necessary.
Neither does apology seem necessary for taking the admirable Baedeker series for model. That portion of Baedeker's United States covering New York has been perhaps our most thorough guide book treatment of the metropolis, and this despite the fact that it sought to do in sixty pages what in the case of Paris and London had taken four or five hundred pages. Where divergence has been made from the well-known Baedeker style and format, it is hoped that the innovations may be found to be improve ments.
No great city on earth is in so constant and rapid a state of ¿ux as New York. A guide book to Rome may stand Without revision for a dozen years or a score of years with tolerable complacency. A New York guide book half as old would be most annoyingly out of date. During the three years that this present volume has been in active preparation, some parts of it have, because of changes, been rewritten and actually reset three times, while other changes in the text have occurred literally on every page, up to the moment of closing forms.
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