CLOSED-Black Friday Giveaway: Not For Tourists 2011 NYC Guidebook

If you know anything about me, than you probably know that Black Friday isn’t exactly my favorite day of the year. I typically do anything and everything to revolt against the day, including but not limited to: sleeping in, not showering until later in the day, and not spending a penny. It’s my own “opt-out” day. To celebrate Black Friday this year I decided to do a giveaway, so that you can have a chance at an early holiday gift, while not having to move from your comfy chair. The giveaway is for the new 2011 New York City Travel Guide by Not For Tourists.

I was thrilled to recently have the opportunity to hang out with Not For Tourists’ Managing Editor, Craig Nelson, during a recent visit to NYC. Since Not For Tourists is one of my favorite travel guides, I wanted to do a giveaway on The Traveling Philosopher (No compensation, nor hot chocolates, nor burgers, nor Swedish Fish were exchanged for writing this sentence.). Craig was nice enough to donate the newest New York City Guide to give away.

There are a lot of reasons why I love Not For Tourists’ guides over many of the other travel guides. For one, their guidebooks are small, pocket-sized and don’t double as dumbbells, unlike so many other travel guides that are so bulky and include so much irrelevant information. However, for those of you, like myself, who have short attention spans, I’ve included a few more reasons, in list format, about why I like NFT:

  • Maps. I love maps and NFT includes very detailed maps of major neighborhoods. With the New York City guidebook you get a fold-out of the NYC subway.
  • Each guidebook is written by several writers and editors. I like the diversity that you’ll find in how there’s not just one writer, but multiple contributors. Also, NFT depends on locals who are already in a city and know the area, rather than sending a writer there.
  • Not For Tourists rocks it on social media. NFT has a huge following on both Facebook and Twitter and actually connect with their readers. Despite a following of over 50,000 people on Twitter, they actually talk to their followers and frequently retweet relevant travel content.
  • Branded guidebooks. This is something that’s new to me, but hotels, for example, can brand Not For Tourists guidebooks and hand them out to guests. There isn’t anything better that a hotel could do for me when arriving to an unknown destination than handing me a guide to the city as I check-in.
  • Versatility. There’s a lot of different faces to Not For Tourists. I already mentioned their use of social media, but you can enjoy NFT information and guides across a variety of mediums. This includes wallet maps, PDF downloads (For example, instead of buying an entire guidebook, you can download just the guide to a particular neighborhood), iPhone apps, and dynamic web content.

NFT Guides Easily Fit in the Ass Pocket

And now to the giveaway itself. The giveaway begins today, Black Friday, and runs until Friday, December 10th at 11:59 PST. One entry is allowed per person. To enter, leave one comment below about what your favorite thing to do in New York City is. If you’ve never been, then leave a comment about what you would most like to do in NYC. For example, a sample comment would be: “I’ve never been to New York City, but I would love to go to Ellis Island because it’s where my ancestors came over to the United States to”. On Saturday December 11th I’ll randomly choose one winner from the comments below. Once I email the winner, you’ll have three days to respond, before I pick another winner. Good luck and thanks for entering!

36 Comments on “CLOSED-Black Friday Giveaway: Not For Tourists 2011 NYC Guidebook

  1. My favorite thing to do in New York is window shop during the holiday season!

  2. My favourite thing to do in NYC is to prop up a bar in the afternoon and have anconversation with other locals!

  3. I have tons of favorite things to do in NYC, but they all seem to somehow include sushi at Tenzan on 89th Street & 2nd Avenue… Best I’ve had anywhere in the country!

  4. I have never been to NYC, but would like to visit Madison Square Garden to see a Rangers game!

  5. I have not been been to New York City…yet! I would definatly go to a lot of famous site seeing spots.

  6. My favorite thing to do in NYC is spend the day lounging in Central Park taking millions of photos.

  7. The museums, the Met, 24 hr food, shopping, the energy!!!

  8. I’ve never been to NYC, but I would love to go to the MOMA – or any other museum in New York!

  9. I love wandering through the Lower East Side to find new places to dine and shop.

  10. I will be in NYC for the first time next month. I would love to go to the New Museum and find out more about the ‘Underbelly Project’.

  11. Was totally unaware of so much rebellion against Black Friday, but I like it! I decided not to go shopping either, but that was more for the reason of not wanting to deal with parking and crowds.

    Can’t say I know NYC enough to have a favorite thing to do there although I have been. If I had time to explore, I’d want to stop in at a local poetry slam, go to a jazz club or find a Punjabi deli/fast food shop where I could eat chicken handi and practice my Urdu. : )

  12. I love getting a chocolate custard shake at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. I’m salivating already!

  13. I love going to all the free films and concerts throughout the summer. I love sitting in the grass in a park somewhere at night with good movies/music, good company and just enjoying life!

  14. I love checking out Top Of the Rock on a nice clear day!

  15. What I love about NYC is Barnes and Nobe in Union Square it looks like a lace I cold live in reading my favourite books including the latest NFT.

  16. my favorite thing to do in NYC is to WANDER wherever with no set plan or agenda! Whether I end up at the Highline or the Fat Black Pussy Cat (in Greenwich Village) or the North Face store on the Upper West Side–I love NYC.

  17. Although I’ve never been to New York City, the first thing I would have to do upon arriving is go to the observation deck at the Empire State Building. I am a sucker for tall buildings and their sweeping views of the city.

  18. The thing I love most about New York, is New York.
    There is no place in the world that is as exciting, amzing and fast moving as NYC. No matter where you are, something is always happening. No matter how often you have been there, you can just jump off at a random subway station and within 5 minutes you will walk into something interesting, fun or exciting.
    Accept it; New York is the greatest city in the world.

  19. Diana took mine (we need to meet and do that sometime Diana). So my second favorite thing is to buy myself dinner from a food cart in the Financial District as there are always some great ones there, then take my dinner and meander down to Battery Park as the sun is setting. I sit on a bench and marvel at the way the light changes over the water and over the Statue of Liberty. I watch the tourists (mostly) and locals and their changing reactions, I listen to the children jump around on the metal piano embedded in the ground of the park and I just enjoy the actual quiet that can be found amidst the chaos as the world changes colors and is bathed in light.

  20. My favourite thing to do in NYC is grab a freshly made NY State Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich from Amy’s Bread. Just divine.

  21. Way too many favorite things in New York, but wandering The Lower East Side is one of my faves. Least fave? Trying to get a reservation at Babbo. :)

  22. I love hanging out in Brooklyn with my brother and niece, going out for brunch in Park Slope and shopping in Boerum Hill.

  23. My current favorite activity to do in NYC is head over to the Public Library adjacent to Bryant Park. The library is so rich in history & the architecture is absolutely breathtaking. After a few hours in the library I take my book and sprawl out on the lawn in Bryant Park. It’s the small park places that help you forget you’re in a busy city of 8million people.

  24. Walk from neighborhood to neighborhood, pop in to eat or drink at will, and wind up in Central Park to reorient.

  25. I love to have brunch (with a cocktail of course) at one of the city’s rooftop bar/cafes such as 230 Fifth.

  26. Never been to New York but would love to go to the theatre there

  27. I love going to Dean and Delucas and choosing a yummy picnic spread, then heading to Central Park and having a picnic enjoying the sun and people watching.

  28. My favorite this to do in NYC is to visit during Christmas time! All of the lights and decorations have such a romantic feeling, I love that time of year in the city! :)

  29. I have never stayed long in NYC, mostly driven through, but I would like to go to the skydeck in Rockerfeller and take a panoramic photo of the skyline.

  30. My favorite things to do in NYC are what the locals do: ride a bike on the Greenway, get away from the traffic on the High Line and visit the Hester Street Fair. :-)

  31. I love taking the Staten Island Ferry. It’s the best free option to get some breathtaking views of NYC’s skyline.

  32. My favorite thing to do in NYC is to go to a NEW restaurant, especially if it has ethnic/international food I haven’t tried before. It’s like I’m traveling in my own city.

  33. My favorite thing to do in NYC is rest in Bryant Park. I love the reading room and the grounds.