In the ""Downtown America"" series, an attractive introduction to the Big Apple. Adams gives an overview of the city with descriptions of the five boroughs and thumbnail sketches of some of its distinguishing features, highlighting some major tourist attractions. Large, well-reproduced color photos are the book's outstanding feature. The text is pedestrian, but readable at a primary level. Hardly an in-depth portrayal, then, but a good source for quick facts and an inviting glimpse of the city that never sleeps. Chronological table; addresses of some major institutions of interest to visitors; fact list; index.