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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet's New York City is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Food truck, deli, pizza parlor, pub - eat your way through a world of food; take a sunset stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge for romantic views of amber skies; and take in a spectacular show on Broadway - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New York City and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet's New York City: Colour maps and images throughout Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics Covers Lower Manhattan & the Financial District, SoHo & Chinatown, East Village & Lower East Side, West Village, Chelsea & the Meatpacking District, Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side & Central Park, Harlem & Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens. The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's New York City is our most comprehensive guide to the city, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat experiences. Looking for just the highlights? Check out Pocket New York City, our handy-sized guide featuring the best sights and experiences for a shorter trip. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more. 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves, it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience Seamlessly flip between pages Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash Embedded links to recommendations' websites Zoom-in maps and images Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.



Lonely Planet is a large travel guide book publisher.[3] As of 2011[update], the company had sold 120 million books since inception.[4][needs update]


Lonely Planet was founded by married couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler. In 1972, they embarked on an overland trip through Europe and Asia to Australia, following the route Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) of the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition.[5][6]


The company name originates from the misheard "lovely planet" in a song written by Matthew Moore.[7] Lonely Planet's first book, Across Asia on the Cheap,[8] had 94 pages, was written by the couple in their home.[9] The original print run consisted of Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) stapled booklets.[10]


Tony returned to Asia to write Across Asia on the Cheap: A Complete Guide to Making the Overland Trip, published in 1975.[11]


The Lonely Planet guide book series initially expanded in Asia, with the India guide book in 1981,[12] and expanded to rest of the world.[4] Geoff Crowther Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) was renowned for frequently inserting his opinions into the text
of the guides he wrote. His writing was instrumental to the rise of Lonely Planet. The journalist used the term "Geoffness", in tribute to Crowther, to describe a quality that has been lost in travel guides.[9]


By 1999, Lonely Planet Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) had sold 30 million copies of its travel guides. The company's authors consequently benefited from profit-sharing and expensive events were held at the Melbourne office, at which limousines would arrive, filled with Lonely Planet employees.[4]


In 2007, the Wheelers and John Singleton sold a 75% stake in the company Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) to BBC Worldwide, worth an estimated £63 million at the time.[9] The company was publishing 500 titles and ventured into television production. BBC Worldwide struggled following the acquisition, registering a £3.2 million loss in the year to the end of March 2009. By the end of March 2010, profits of £1.9 million had Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) been generated, as digital revenues had risen 37% year-on-year over the preceding 12 months, a Lonely Planet magazine had grown
and non-print revenues increased from 9% in 2007 to 22%.


Lonely Planet's digital presence included 140 apps and 8.5 million unique users for lonelyplanet.com, which hosted the Thorn Tree travel Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) forum.[13] BBC Worldwide acquired the remaining 25% of the company for £42.1 million (A$67.2 million) from the Wheelers.[14]


By 2012 BBC wanted to divest itself of the company and in March 2013 confirmed the sale of Lonely Planet to Brad Kelley's NC2 Media for US$77.8 million (£51.5 million), at nearly an £80 million (US$118.89 million) loss.[15] Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition)


In April 2020 Lonely Planet made the decision to close its Australian and London offices and reduce staffing levels globally in response to the downturn in the travel industry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The company continued to publish its guidebooks and phrasebooks, but ceased the publication of coffee Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) table books, children's books and the Lonely Planet magazine.[16]


Lonely Planet's online community, the Thorn Tree,[17] was created in 1996. It is named for a Naivasha thorn tree (Acacia xanthophloea)
that has been used as a message board for the city of Nairobi, Kenya since 1902.[18] The tree still exists Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) in the Stanley Hotel, Nairobi. It is used by over 600,000 travelers to share their experiences and look for advice. Thorn Tree has many different forum categories including different countries, places to visit depending on one's interests, travel buddies, and Lonely Planet support.


In 2009, Lonely Planet began publishing a Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) monthly travel magazine called Lonely Planet Traveller. It is available in digital versions for a number of countries.[19]


Lonely Planet also had its own television production company, which has produced series, such as Globe Trekker, Lonely Planet Six Degrees, and Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled.[20] Toby Amies and Asha Gill Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) (both British TV presenters) took part in the Lonely Planet Six degrees.[citation needed]


A mention in a Lonely Planet guidebook can draw large numbers of travellers, which changes places mentioned. For example, Lonely Planet has been blamed for the rise
of what is sometimes referred to as 'the Banana Pancake Lonely Planet New York City (Travel Guide) (English Edition) Trail' in South East Asia.[21][22]


In 1996, in response to a "Visit Myanmar" campaign by the Burmese military government, the


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