Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recession Survival 101

If you're a longtime reader, you may remember my hat-loving friend Stuart, aka Broke-Ass Stuart of travel writing fame. Some of you San Franciscans may even own his book, Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco.

Recession-afflicted New Yorkers now have a chance to reap the benefits of several months of diligent research (read: lots of happy hours and exploratory missions in dubious locales) by purchasing the NYC version, which is out now and available through Powell's Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. It's chock full of money-saving recommendations for tried and tested, wallet-friendly restos, bars, and the like. Think NYMag's Cheap Eats section, only more comprehensive, and with much more colorful language. I'm really looking forward to reading it, because a convo with Stuart is always engaging and typically peppered with expletives (every other sentence seems to contain some derivation of "motherfucker"), and his books retain much of that personal flavor. If you're curious, here's an excerpt.

It could not have dropped at a better time, as many of us are feeling the need to stretch our dollars as far as they'll go. There'll also be a party to fete its release, if you're local. Swing by the Delancey tomorrow night with dollar bill in hand to enjoy free beer, finger foods and tunes. You'll forget all about that NFT Guide.

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