Friday, July 30, 2010

Mad Men's Manhattan: Travel Back in Time

Bert Cooper: “New York City is a marvelous machine, filled with a mesh of gears and springs, like a fine watch . . . wound tight, always ticking.” 

Don Draper: “Sounds more like a bomb.” 
— Conversation at the Sterling Cooper office, Season 1, “New Amsterdam”

Sleek skyscrapers. Impeccable coifs.  Curvy secretaries oozing cool as their sharp-suited bosses cut if close one more time.  The boozy cool of Mad Men sure has me hooked.  I love the mystery of Don Draper, the wit of Peggy Olson, and I aspire to be as meltingly fabulous as Joan Holloway Harris. 

But perhaps the biggest character in the TV series is the lovely New York City herself.  From the smoky caverns of Sardi’s (where Don has dinner with Bobbie) to the slinky rooms of the St. Regis (Pete’s favorite hotel hangout)… from Bloomingdale’s (where Pete and Trudy register for wedding gifts) to Henri Bendel’s (“which, as Bert Cooper points out, has the distinction of being the first clothing store to use headless mannequins”)… and the towering glass palaces of Madison Avenue… New York shines in this homage to the 1960s. 

Mad Men may be set in a bygone era, but many of the places where the television show is set are still part of the New York landscape.  And Mark Bernardo has written the perfect guide to help you find them -- Mad Men’s Manhattan: the Insider’s Guide.  Filled with tidbits about everything from the real-life firms on Madison Avenue to the bars, clubs and nightclubs haunted by the Draper and his cronies, Mad Men’s Manhattan finds the fact in the television show’s fiction.

The ebook’s pages are filled with rich descriptions of the television show’s landscape as well as elegant details about the true histories of each location.  Additionally, a detailed map makes navigating through the city a breeze.  And Mad Men’s Manhattan is punctuated with evocative photographs as well. 

That's the Mad Men version of me!
Mad Men’s Manhattan is the guide for anyone wanting to plan a sleek night on the town or a few days immersed in the fabulous world of Sterling-Cooper. 

Mad Men’s Manhattan is available as an ebook download for $4.95 – a 1960’s price for today’s technology.  You can purchase Mad Men's Manhattan here.  

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Rebecca Ramsey said...

I LOVE that show! So well done. Bernardo's book sounds really fun. I still have never toured NYC and this sounds like a great way to do it!

THANK YOU for the Sesame Street video. Hilarious, as usual!

Angela K. Nickerson said...

I'm with you, Becky! Such a fun show -- and a good entree into New York. :)

I think my first real exposure to NYC was through Sesame Street, so perhaps this is even more fitting.

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