New York Sidewalk, the Personalized City Guide to Entertainment, Announces Exclusive Deal With Manhattan User’s Guide

NEW YORK, April 29, 1997 — While New York offers some of the most vibrant, exciting entertainment and culture in the world, most New Yorkers know it’s not always easy to get things done or get out and enjoy all the city has to offer.

That’s why New York Sidewalk
city guide is teaming up with the Manhattan User’s Guide (MUG) to offer a regular feature on Sidewalk. The MUG feature will include insider tips on the business of living in Manhattan. Where’s the best place to listen to chamber music? Get antique furniture restored? Go shopping for sample sales?
“New Yorkers often ask questions like these about their city, and the reality is well-researched answers you can trust are hard to come by,”
said Eric Etheridge, executive producer of New York Sidewalk.
“MUG’s insider tips on everything from diving classes to diamond buying and dry cleaning are the perfect complement to The Sidewalk’s personalized, insider information on the city’s arts, entertainment and recreation scene.”

The publishing agreement between Sidewalk and MUG includes a regular question-and-answer forum on New York Sidewalk that will give readers an opportunity to get answers to those tough, sometimes annoying questions.

“With the speed of life in New York increasing every day, people want better ways to get the information they need, when they need it,”
said Charles Suisman, publisher of the Manhattan User’s Guide.
“Our presence on Sidewalk gives us an opportunity to reach our readers online with timely and reliable advice on how to get the most out of city living.”

MUG began publishing its newsletter in 1992, giving New Yorkers a forum for insider information on restaurants, shopping, services, good deals, sports and anything that makes living in the city easier, more exciting and more interesting. Sample topics range from buying old books to booking a show or hiring a bookkeeper. In 1996, Hyperion published
“Manhattan User’s Guide – The Guide to New York for New Yorkers,”
a book combining past newsletter content with new articles written by Suisman with Carol Molesworth.

Sidewalk, the personalized city guide to entertainment published by Microsoft, offers residents a way to make better decisions about what to do, where to go, what to see and when to see it. From concerts to movies, restaurants to sporting events, the Sidewalk local editorial team provides previews, reviews and even customized suggestions about what’s happening every day. Sidewalk is scheduled to launch in New York this quarter, following Seattle Sidewalk, which debuted April 3. Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sydney, Australia, San Diego, Washington, Houston and Denver are scheduled to follow, with an expected total of 10 to 15 cities worldwide in 1997. Sidewalk is free on the World Wide Web ( ) , and as a featured offering on MSN
, The Microsoft Network (connect-time charges may apply).

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) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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