Journalist Mitch Broder will discuss his book about New York City's classic shops, bars and restaurants at the Westport Library at noon on Wednesday, July 10. His talk in the McManus Room will include tales and photos from his new release, "Discovering Vintage New York: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Bars, Delis & More." Books will be available for purchase and signing, and the program is free.

As Manhattan succumbs to big chain stores and tourist traps that come with modern America, it struggles to maintain its storied identity. But classic restaurants, shops and other establishments that evoke the city's unique charm still thrive, among them a secret restaurant that has served the same meal every night for close to seven decades.

Broder says his picks are among the most treasured survivors in the city and range in age from 25 to more than 200 years.

"Discovering Vintage New York" takes readers to a city of egg creams and knishes, record stores and hat shops, bohemian basements and candlelit clubs. It is a guide to 50 spots that evoke a bygone metropolis, lost in time yet compellingly timely, vibrant, and quirky.

Broder has covered New York City for Gannett Newspapers for 20 years and also has written for the New York Times, the Daily News, Newsday, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers.

For more information, call the library at 203-291-4800 or visit