Program 370: New York City Like a Local; Savannah; Key West

Release Date: 07-05-2014

On Air Description

On the next Travel with Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer shares some of her favorite tips for enjoying New York City like the locals do. 

We get introduced to the pleasures of Savannah, Georgia, where artistic energy mixes with the antebellum architecture of the Old South. 

And we'll hear how Key West has been a legendary destination for writers and bohemians in recent decades, and how it continues to delight visitors to the Florida Keys today. 

Discover a great American getaway, on this week's Travel with Rick Steves. 

Notes to Stations

  • If your station plans to fundraise during Travel with Rick Steves, in addition to the fundraising modules we provide, you can contact producer Tim Tattan for suggested cutaway cues during any week's edition of the show.  This will give you additional fundraising time, with clean ins and outs, while retaining most of that week's program content. 
  • Segment C is a re-edit of an interview that originally aired on Pgm #269, in December 2011.


  • Pauline Frommer, author of "Frommers 2014 Easy Guide to New York"
  • Tour guide Rick Garman
  • Boston University journalism professor William McKeen, author of "Mile Marker Zero"  (Crown)

Related Links


  • "We've been to Savannah once and would love to return. What's an offbeat place to stay?"  (Linda in Wilmington, North Carolina)

Incidental Music

  • Winfred Shaw, Dirk Powell & Chorus, Busby Berkeley, "'Lullaby of Broadway' from 'Golddigggers of 1935,'" The 30s:  Hollywood’s Best (collection) / Rhino
  • Henry Mancini, "'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Theme," Greatest Hits / RCA
  • New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, cond., "'III: Times Square 1944' from 'On the Town' (Bernstein)," Bernstein:  Candide Overture, et al. / Sony Classical
  • The Brooklyn Bronx and Queens Band, "On the Beat," The Brooklyn Bronx and Queens Band / Capitol
  • Ron Sexsmith, "I Guess the Lord Must Live in New York City," NPR Studio Cuts, vol. 1 (collection) / NPR Music
  • * New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, cond., "'On the Town' (Bernstein)," Bernstein:  Candide Overture, et al. / Sony Classical
  • Nina Simone, "Summertime," The Very Best of Nina Simone, disc 2 / Disconforme
  • Intro to Brooke Benton, "Rainy Night in Georgia," Brook Benton Today / Rhino Atlantic
  • Chee-Yon, "Georgia On My Mind," The Spirit of '96 (collection) / NPR Music
  • Fats Waller, "Savannah Blues," Two Artists for One Price:  Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller, originally remastered recordings / MAG Music
  • Vincent Warnier, "Danse macabre (Saint-Saens, organ trans. by Edwin Lemare)," Concerts au grand orgue du Saint-Etienne-du-Mont (Paris) / Intrada
  • Tal Farlow, "Skylark," The Very Best of Tal Farlow / Burning Fire
  • Rosemary Clooney, "Sunday in Savannah," Swing Around Rosie / Universal Music Mexico
  • Washed Out, "Feel It All Around," Life of Leisure / Mexican Summer
  • * Andy Narell, "We Kinda Music," Little Secrets / Windham Hill Jazz
  • Grant Greene, with Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, et al, "Cantaloupe Island," His Majesty King Funk!  Up With Donald Byrd / Verve
  • Ibrahim Ferrer, "Murmullo," Buena Vista Social Club (soundtrack collection) / Nonesuch-World Circuit records
  • Carnival Steel Drum Band, "Linus and Lucy," Fun Fun Fun and More Children’s Favorites / Tropical Music International
  • Cincinnati Pops, Erich Kunzel, cond., "Margaritaville," Sailing / Telarc
  • Jimmy Buffett, "Gypsies in the Palace," The Legacy, The True, and the Untamed (collection) / MCA Nashville

Dated References

  • Pauline Frommer says Grand Central Station gives out a free audio tour smartphone app of the building at their information booth, at 7:18.
  • At 10:39, Pauline tells Rick her children are 10 and 14 years old. 
  • In talking about the Museum of Math, Pauline notes at 10:55 that it is a "new museum" that "just opened in late 2012."  At 10:59 she says New York's Citibike program started a few months ago, charges $9 a day, and that it's not as dangerous to cycle in New York since Mayor Bloomburg had created special bike lanes in some of the streets. 
  • Pauline says at 14:40 that every building fronting Times Square is required by law to have a large number of lights illuminated at night, and that you can sit at the top of the TKTS booth in Times Square now. 
  • At 17:00, Pauline describes the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island as one of the city's newest monuments, "just opened in 2012." 
  • Rick notes at 18:11 that Pauline and her father Arthur Frommer are relaunching their guidebook series. 
  • Rick Garman mentions the popularity of St. Patrick's Day festivities and an annual Tour of Homes, held each March in Savannah, during the segment B interview.
  • Rick notes at 40:36 that the annual Hemingway Days Festival in Key West "starts on July 15 this year" (2014).
  • Starting at 53:18, Bill McKeen mentions the Fantasy Fest is held each Fall in Key West, and includes public nudity.  He adds that most years in November, the following week is the Jimmy Buffet “Parrothead” fans’ “Meeting of the Minds.”  He adds that Hemingway Days is held in July, and McKeen notes that most weeks seems to host some kind of event in Key West.

Haiku Awards

"Portlandia" Haiku 


come to haystack rock
creatures of air, land, and sea
feel the energy
— Cyndi Williams, Grapevine, Texas 


Beauty unrivaled
Fir trees stretch to kiss the sky
Portland, Oregon!
— Jillian Leslie, Sherwood,  Oregon


Early morning dark
Greying velvet afternoon
Effortlessly Tao
— Leslie De Lucia of Urbana, Illinois


Hard on the issues,
Portland soft on the people,
Green, kinder, gentler.
—  Charles Maclean, Portland, Oregon