New York Originals: A Guide to the City's Classic Shops & Mom-And-Pops (Hardcover)
A unique guide to the most interesting and useful seventy-five mom-and-pop businesses in New York City. This book explores the small gems of New York City that many locals and tourists do not even know exist. These surprising treasures have resisted change and held on to their old-world ways. The people who run these businesses—often fourth- or fifth-generation offspring of the original owners—devote their entire lives to serving their loyal customers.With this unique tour through all five boroughs, readers can visit seventy-five of these classic shops, restaurants, and manufacturers, including Russ and Daughters, an appetizing shop whose owners still use their great-grandfather’s time-consuming, labor-intensive recipes and who can count Lou Reed as a loyal customer; E. Vogel, a SoHo shoe factory so old it made boots for the Union Army; and Buzz-A-Rama, a Brooklyn slot-car racing facility in business since the 1960s.
About the Author
Jamie McDonald writes, directs, and hosts the 2011 Emmy award-winning television series New York Originals. He is a former producer and has worked at Fox News and CBS. He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
"....a perfect gift for any New York lover you know, but you’ll want to a copy for yourself, too. The beautiful new book . . . will work as a practical guidebook to places in the city you’ve always wanted to visit, and as a mini-coffee table book for those who aren’t lucky enough to live near New York City." ~Connecticut Post
"Whether you’re reliving the fascinating journey of your favorite neighborhood haunt or learning about an unexpected product (say, rolling ladders) manufactured right here in the city, the 240-page hardcover book, written by show host Jamie McDonald, is a delightfully informative read." ~Purewow.com
"...this coffee-table tome also serves as a hardcover guidebook to New York's precious, fading family businesses..." ~Time Out New York