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The New York Nobody Knows

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I’m a big fan of traveling somewhere new in your own backyard, as it’s so easy within the rigors of everyday life to get trapped within the confines of a _____-mile radius of our homes.

Well, William B. Helmreich, a life-long New Yorker, took that close-to-home travel concept one step further to what became the adventures he writes about in The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City.

Who knew that a childhood game at age nine with his father they called “Last Stop,” the pair literally taking a subway to the last stop and exploring the area on foot, would spark a life-long love of the hidden corners of the five boroughs? From that experience he derived what he calls “4 Years + 7 Pairs of Shoes + 6,000 miles = An Epic Journey in New York City.”

But the story extends much further than simply walking every block of each borough. It’s a story of Helmreich’s encounters with hundreds of New Yorkers from every walk of life and from every part of the globe, including Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg.

His observations are poignant and insightful; heartfelt and charming – all touching on various aspects of the multifarious lives of the estimated 8.3 million people that live, work, survive and thrive in the world’s greatest metropolitan city.

The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City is available at

Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin 

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