Apple of My Eye (2019)

Apple of My Eye Helene Hanff Apple of My Eye A celebration of her life long love for New York Hanff embarked on this project as an assignment and realized she had not been to many of the main tourist attractions the Statue of Liberty Wall Str
  • Title: Apple of My Eye
  • Author: Helene Hanff
  • ISBN: 9780918825735
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
Apple of My Eye Helene Hanff A celebration of her life long love for New York, Hanff embarked on this project as an assignment, and realized she had not been to many of the main tourist attractions the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the World Trade Center As make believe tourists, off she and Patsy travel to describe the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grant s Tomb, Fraunces Tavern, some of New York sA celebration of her life long love for New York, Hanff embarked on this project as an assignment, and realized she had not been to many of the main tourist attractions the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the World Trade Center As make believe tourists, off she and Patsy travel to describe the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grant s Tomb, Fraunces Tavern, some of New York s very special small museums, Orchard Street, a tour of Harlem, and much Hanff weaves in historical events and tidbits on some of New York s most notorious personalities.
Apple of My Eye Helene Hanff

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  1. Thomas Strömquist

    I think I had a constant smile on my face reading this little gem The fact that this book about New York is outdated now does not really matter, since it is no a tourist guide than 84, Charing Cross Road is a book ordering instruction manual.

  2. Susann

    So much fun reading about Manhattan of 40 years ago Hanff s breezy style always goes down easy It s one thing to say I wish I had known a certain author, but with Hanff I feel certain that I have known her That we ve been to a 92nd Street Y event together We haven t The first couple of World Trade Center mentions were a punch to the gut, but then I grew grateful that this was one of the sights on her list.Loved her descriptions of the newly designed Roosevelt Island and the newly reopened Ellis [...]

  3. Trelawn

    This time I toured New York of the 70s with Helene It didn t quite get me in the same way as The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street but that because I have been to London and could visualise the places she was talking about The New York trip was still great with lots of interesting historical tidbits and asides by Helene An interesting, if a little dated, guide book.

  4. Anna

    Rainy bank holiday afternoons are ideal reading time and I greatly enjoyed taking a tour of New York with Helene Hanff I am a committed armchair tourist one who has no real urge to actually visit distant places but loves to read about them Hanff is a wonderfully engaging writer, so this is an extremely readable account of New York s tourist spots in the latter half of the twentieth century It is a little weird to read a detailed account of visiting the World Trade Centre, though Hanff expertly c [...]

  5. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    This is the most lighthearted, informal guide book you ll ever read Back in 1976, Hanff was commissioned to write the text for what was to be a book of photographs and tourist information for Manhattan I have no idea what happened to the pictorial part of the equation This book has no photos But the text is delightful Over a period of two months, the author and her friend Patsy went out once or twice a week to places of interest to both tourists and locals Hanff would then write up a few pages a [...]

  6. Jana

    Thank you Chris for this gem of a book Oh to tour New York City in the 1970s with the wonderful, witty Helene Hanff and her friend Patsy The next best thing is to read this book You will visit Ellis Island Staten Island You ll see Roosevelt Island via the brand new cable car View the city from the top of the World Trade Center funny because they are scared of heights, but oh so sad because of what will happen in 25 years Tour Harlem on the penny bus Explore the Cathedral of St John the Divine Sh [...]

  7. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)

    Helene Hanff is such a quintessential New Yorker that when the BBC wanted someone to present a little five minute piece on New York once a month on the Woman s Hour they looked to Helene In the minds of the British, Helene IS New York Plus, they have taken her to heart ever since 84, Charing Cross Road So logically, when a publishing house in New York was looking for someone to write captions to accompany pictures taken of New York they too looked to Helene to provide her sharp wit to their vent [...]

  8. Maija

    Just happened to see this book featured on a shelf at the library in the week before going to NYC for a trip it was the perfect book for reading on the plane Helene was very witty and funny in describing her adventures of visiting all the best tourist sites in NYC with her friend Patsy as part of her research for a travel guide Surprisingly, this book is as old as I am, but most of the sites she visited are still top tourist destinations She also mixes in bits of history and politics of the time [...]

  9. Allan

    Being a fan of all things NYC, and particularly all things NYC in the 1970s, I thought that this travelogue by a city native written in spring 1977 would give a real insight to the city as it was in the midst of financial crisis and artistic expression No such luck.A quick, light and basically shallow read about the author s journey around a tiny part of her city with a friend, that spent time documenting their conversations than informing the reader of much interesting about the city.Perhaps f [...]

  10. Joan

    The very witty and somewhat acerbic writer Helene Hanff followed up on her success with 84, Charing Charing Cross Road, her famous memoir made into a charming film with Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins of her two decade trans Atlantic communications with the London bookshop of the same name, with this highly personal and eclectic guide to Manhatttan, circa 1977.The New York of that time was far from the glittering, polished up Big Apple that we think of today New York as a city was broke, dirty [...]

  11. Sue

    I have enjoyed every one of the five or six books I ve read by Helene Hanff, but this is my least favourite I generally enjoy her pithy, dry wit, and lively sense of humour In this book she is visiting various places in New York, accompanied by a friend, to prepare for a book on visiting New York It was interesting to hear about the city from someone who knows it well, and she included some lesser known places as well as the standard ones It seems a bit laboured at times though, compared to her [...]

  12. Serendipity

    Assigned to write the captions for a photographic book about New York, Hanff, who had lived there all her adult life, realised there was much about the city she had never seen or didn t know So she and a friend embarked on whirlwind two month tour of New York s high points The book describes their trips and is interspersed with Hanff s trademark dry wit I love New York in theory at least, I suspect I ll never get to visit in person and Hanff s writing style so it s no surprise I enjoyed this qui [...]

  13. Ulrike

    I am a big fan of Helene I think I am on a good way to have read all her books sometime soon This here was as delightful as the previous I only wish I could have had a map besides me towalk along in my mind the streets and avenues she visited.I know some of the places, but some were new and even though a lot will have changed since 1977, there will be still quite a lot to see from Helene s New York if and when I will visit this city again.Looking forward to it

  14. Becky

    This is a nostalgic look back at New York City during the seventies from the author of 84, Charing Cross Road Anyone who lived or visited NYC then will marvel at how much the city has changed It was a fun walk down memory lane for me and also introduced me to some sights that I have not seen yet and will seek out when I visit again

  15. Joan

    This is really a love letter to Manhattan In 1976, Hanff got a job to write copy for a book of photographs of New York City Beginning her research, she made a list of Must See sights, and realized that she d missed most of them She d never been to the Statue of Liberty, or Wall Street, or the Stock Exchange She d been to the Cloisters once, many years before, never toured Rockefeller Center, never been to Grant s Tomb So she enlisted her friend, Patsy Gibbs, and the two of them spent two months [...]

  16. Skyring

    I read this a long time ago, some time after reading 84 Charing Cross Road and wanting .New York was to me, a teenager in Brisbane, a fantastical and exotic place Still is, I guess.It was my third visit, not counting the times I never left JFK, just on a year ago now We took the Staten Island Ferry, watched a Mets game they were trounced by the Reds had dinner at Mickey Mantle s, strolled through Central Park at dusk, enjoying the magic of the fireflies zipping under the trees, staid at the Wald [...]

  17. Elsje

    Deze schrijfster ken je misschien van 84 Charing Cross Road , haar bekendste boek, dat verfilmd is met Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins en Judi Dench Het verhaalDe ik persoon de schrijfster zelf wordt gevraagd om een teksten te schrijven over New York, bij foto s die haar nog aangeleverd zullen worden Zij is benaderd omdat ze al een half leven in de Big Apple woont Het boek moet een soort reisgids met mooie plaatjes worden Om de facts and figures op een rijtje te krijgen koopt ze een paar gidsjes [...]

  18. Robert B

    Another delightful book by the author of 84, Charing Cross Road In 1976, a publisher asked Hanff, a native New Yorker, to write the text to accompany a book of photographs of New York City This book, which recounts how Hanff and her friend Patsy toured the city to conduct research for this assignment, is the result The text accompanies a number of black and white photos of New York and gives some reasonably good hints for tourists visiting the Big Apple you ll see if you take a bus and ask loca [...]

  19. Jan C

    I really liked this walking tour of New York City I m not from New York I remember we all went there in the early 60s My father had a business trip and my brother and I were out of school My mother really wanted to go see the Cloisters My brother not so much And I just got dragged along It should be noted that no one bothered to check on whether they were open that day They weren t My brother left my mother and me standing by the side of the road and I guess went back to the hotel on his own And [...]

  20. Norain

    This was too bland in comparison to 84, Charing Cross Road and The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street When I reached for this book I was eager for Helene Hanff s wit and sarcasm but was disappointed to find it full with her bragging about her knowledge of the history of New York maybe she did not intend it to be so but that was how I read and saw it and I did not like it even a bit It was a thin book but I struggled through it and when that happened it usually was not a good sign.P.s I would like to g [...]

  21. Liz

    According to the introduction, Helene Hanff was asked by her publisher to write the copy for a book of photographs of the attractions and sites of New York City Somewhere along the way, I suppose, the photographs fell by the wayside, and the author produced instead this lovely little book about her beloved hometown Initially panicked because, although she lived in the city, she had never visited the Statue of Liberty, nor the World Trade Center, nor Grant s Tomb, nor many of the other sites tour [...]

  22. Heather

    84, Charing Cross Road is my favorite book of 2014 This is the 3rd book of Hanff s I read this year Unfortunately, the other two just haven t been as good In this one, she, along with her friend Patsy, provide the readers a tour of New York City It still contains her humor, but I think I didn t enjoy it as much because I am not familiar with New York I sense New Yorkers would appreciate it and find it even humorous than I did Further, I believe it would be a great choice for a New York One Boo [...]

  23. David Crosby

    This was an interesting read It was great to back in dear Helene s company, and her relaxed style of writing still doesn t disappoint This fast trip around New York of the seventies was a struggle at times though, the detailed location directions descriptions meant nothing to me having never visited New York But this was than made up for by the obvious love for the city she lived in She makes a very good point too that nobody takes the time to explore their local area properly, where you live s [...]

  24. Pequete

    I was a bit disappointed after the first pages, when I realised this book was supposed to be a sort of tourist guide for people visiting New York, because I ve never been there and I was not planning to in the near future Further, the book was written in the seventies, so it should be very outdated But it turned out to be a fairly good read and not a tourist guide at all although it could be used liked that if one should want to The book describes a series of visits to different areas of the cit [...]

  25. Jessica

    In this book, Helene Hanff was commissioned to write a travel guide to New York, written by a real New Yorker Unfortunately, it is of a travelogue of Hanff s travels to actually see the tourist sites in New York It was not well organized, fairly boring, and completely unusable as a travel guide And, of course, this was written in the late 1970s, so New York is a very different animal I just can t find a reason to recommend this one at all unless you re interested in Helene Hanff for academic re [...]

  26. Betty

    Yet another delightful journey with Helene, this time through the streets of New York Helene takes you along with her as she visits famous and not so famous New York landmarks It is typical of Helene to just sort of drag you along with her, experiencing the sights through her eyes, but mostly through her aches, pains, thirsts, hungers, fears, etc You re her best friend on this journeyr better or worse.Helene introduces you to her own friends We tour New York together, Helene, Patsy and yourself, [...]

  27. Christy

    I LOVED this book It s a travel guide for NYC written in 1976 by a woman who lived there and dragged her good friend all over town to check out all the tourist areas of Manhattan It starts with her complaining about new World Trade Center built in 1975 which made me so nostalgic Anyone who wants to travel to NYC or loves the city will appreciate this book Most of the tourist attractions she describes are still around and most of what she writes is pertinent today I loved that I could take a trip [...]

  28. Mari Anne

    This latest foray into Helene Hanff, while different, did not disappoint She is at her usual clever and wry self and I loved the descriptions of her trips with her friend Patsy and her usual spot on observations She tended to get a bit long winded with the historical facts but it was fascinating to read about New York during that time period, which included the WTC being built and the assasination of Kennedy, MLK and Malcom X Another Hanff gem, not quite as good as the ones previously read but s [...]

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