We'll start things off with a classic. This is New York by M. Sasek. One in a long series including This is Paris, This is San Francisco, This is Greece.. you get the idea. Originally published in 1960, and thankfully reprinted by Universe Publishing in 2003.
This book is like taking a ride on a big red tourist bus, where you get to see all the sights and sounds of the city in one sitting. Except with this book you have a charming, witty guide who knows all the best spots all over the city: way up in Harlem, over the Brooklyn Bridge, even out in Coney Island. And man, you're sad when the ride is over.