Apple of My Eye
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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's very special small museums, Orchard Street, a tour of Harlem, and much more. Hanff weaves in historical events and tidbits on some of New York's most notorious personalities.
Written in the 1970s, this is a dated look at New York City. But the charm to the tale and love Ms. Hanff had for her city is apparent. I kept wishing I knew enough about the modern city to know which parts of it had changed since the book was written (and which, if any, hadn't). I had to be amused by her concern about Radio City Music Hall possibly closing, which I visited about 8 years ago - still there, and enjoyed the Christmas show very much. When I initially started this book, I was thinking this was before the World Trade Center was built - not true, I'd forgotten that they were building it in the late 70s.
Quite a charming book for a lover of NYC to enjoy, even though it's a bygone time.
This is reserved for a later RABCK.
I don't need any more books on my TBR pile, but I adored 84 Charing Cross Road, so I want to try this one.
Apple of My Eye
by Helene Hanff
Cheryl's review Jul 15, 2018 · edit
really liked it
A really enjoyable read about the author becoming acquainted with her hometown through the lens of a tourist. I snagged this book from a collection that came from a late friend because of how much I loved 84 Charing Cross Road. This book had the same voice and was full if tidbits of trivia and humor. I learned about The Cloisters (I always wondered what they were). I found out the source of the euphemism "using the facilities." I learned about the sad fate if immigrants turned away at Ellis Island. And I learned about the World Trade Center and Trump Tower.
It was nice to see New York City through Hanff's eyes. It made me want to see more of it in person.
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