UNDER General Information is given practical information about the city and its services: transportation lines to and from New York; motor routes; traffic rules; street arrangement; transit lines; hotel and rooming house accommodations; restaurants; amusements; sightseeing; boat trips, etc. A map showing the principal shopping centers in Manhattan is included. A calendar of Annual Events follows. The subway and elevated systems are shown on a pocket map inside the back cover, and an outline map of the City of New York will be found on pages 6-7.
Each of the five boroughs is treated individually. Manhattan has been divided into five Sections, starting at the Battery and working generally north: Lower Manhattan, Middle and Upper East Side, Middle West Side, The Harlems, Upper West Side and Northern Manhattan. Preceding the description of each Section are given the area of the Section and the stations of transit lines that serve it. The Section introduction sketches the historical background and gives the contemporary description. The Sections are divided into Localities, which are described, under commonly used names, in a general south to north order. A map showing the outlines of Sections and Localities appears on pages 54-55. Transit facilities within each Locality may be readily found by reference to the directions preceding the Section introduction. In general, transit lines follow principal streets, and the names of the lines indicate their routes. Where contiguous Localities merge so subtly that precise definition of them is impracticable, arbitrary boundaries have been established. Points of special interest in each Locality are dealt with in order -- again south to north -- with the conditions under which they may be visited.
A number of Major Points of Interest have been singled out for separate treatment. This list is not exhaustive; rather it is representative of the many widely known institutions and buildings in Manhattan. Cross reference to these points is made in the stories of the Localities in which they are situated.
Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond ( Staten Island) boroughs are taken up in that order. An introductory essay considers each borough