All About NYC

City Secrets

Like other volumes in the series, City Secrets New York City (The Little Bookroom, $24.95), edited by architect Robert Kahn, compiles little gems from an enviable list of writers, musicians, archeologists, artists et al., who share their favorite corners of New York and its boroughs. Anna Quindlen suggests the perfect evening out (it involves Peking duck and a trip to Staten Island); neurologist Oliver Sacks visits his favorite flora and fauna; theater producer Gregory Mosher recommends the Film Forum for the best popcorn and art-house movies. At 584 pages, City Secrets includes 19 maps keyed to sites mentioned and intriguing historical asides. We learn, for example, that Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's—part of the Manhattan literary canon—in a bright yellow house in Brooklyn Heights.