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Like other large cities, New York City has seen the publication of a wide variety of magazines aimed at people seeking information on its night life and entertainment.  Some of these magazines have been tourist guides, with information organized by category (restaurants, theatres, nightclubs) and a tone of helpful instruction to the visitor.   Others have sought their readers among city-dwellers and offered an insider’s perspective, with backstage gossip and reviews which presume a reader’s familiarity with the ongoing stream of new plays, concerts and other events.  In the precarious publishing climate of the 1930s,  a great many of these magazines were launched.  Few of those shown here survived more than a few years.

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