Book Launch: Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter

Reaching beyond "guidebook Manhattan" into a living city that is harder to find, Place Matters, a joint project of the Municipal Art Society and City Lore, invites you to celebrate the launch of its publication, Hidden New York: A Guide to Places that Matter (Rivergate Books, 2006). Special guests from the Magic Table at the Edison Café — highlighted in the book — add to the evening’s good cheer.

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