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Thursday, January 29, 2009

In the News - "Diners of New York"

Diners of NY, on the cover
is the Elizaville Diner.
Following a recent Internet posting, we were directed to Margaret McCormick's article in the Post-Standard. Her article provides an opportune time for us to mention the book entitled, "Diners of NY" by Michael Engle and Mario Monti. It was good to see her article not perpetuate the misconception that all diners are made out of discarded railroad cars.

Inside its almost three hundred pages, "Diners of NY" is packed full of information about factory manufactured diners in New York state. Though for completeness, they may slip in an on-site built diner or two.

With so many diners in New York, they tackled the project by breaking the book into regions. The lines were drawn along traditionally defined regions such as the "Capital District and Adirondacks," "Catskills," "Central Leatherstocking," "Finger Lakes and Western," "Long Island," "Lower Hudson Valley," and "New York City." "Diners of NY" follows the familiar format of preceding Stackpole Books such as "Diners of New England" and "Diners of Pennsylvania."

Whether you read the book sequentially, or concentrate on your favorite region, you'll find many photos, descriptions, stories, an index of diners, and maps interspersed throughout the book. It's something you'll want to carry with you on your diner visits. Speaking of which, in many of the sections they've included suggested routes of travel. Although the book has narrow margins, there is room for jotting a few notes.

For more information about "Diners of NY" we recommend you visit the NYDiners.com website. Better yet, visit your favorite bookseller and pickup your own copy. It's a handy resource not just for residents of New York, but everyone interested in diners both past and present. Hats off to Michael Engle and Mario Monti for putting together this excellent resource.

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