Ostensibly a guide for the career girl from out-of-town, this contains a treasure of specific and miscellaneous information on how to get the most out of New York living on a shoestring budget. Deleting both glamour and cynicism from this ambitious and courageous venture, Miss Hammel strikes a realistic middle course in which the pre-requisite to a successful launching is knowledge and an attitude disinfected of false conceptions. A few words of advice give way immediately to an excellent and thorough survey of the occupations most popular with liberal arts graduates:- advertising, publishing, public relations, writing, personnel, social work, teaching, modeling -- and their individual flexibility in ""interpreting"" the secretarial job. The next problem is housing. A survey of New York neighborhoods and a complete rundown on what is available where, will save the newcomer immeasurable time, anxiety, even expense. Opportunities for ""meeting people"" are as varied as the city's population, witnessed comprehensively by this long and fascinating list of places to ""socialize"" -- from folk dance clubs to ski clubs, from language classes to political groups. The rest of the book can be invaluable to any New Yorker bent on reaping the city's treasures for a sou. Lists of bargain houses for clothing and furniture, out-of-the way shops for antiques and jewelry, international restaurants with table d'hote menus never exceeding $3.00, (here are some of the most precious and guarded havens in New York) as well as delightful suggestions on getting to know the city through its museums, and art galleries and, section by section, from the Village to Yorkville. The aspiring new resident can be grateful to the author and Mademoiselle for sharing what the sophisticated, though financially limited, New Yorker has gleaned from many years of trial and error.