Allan’s Books, Articles & Podcasts
New York’s 50 Best Places To Find Peace And Quiet
6th Edition – Rizzoli/Universe Publisher
First published in 1993, Allan’s classic guidebook is still considered the ultimate authority on New York City calm. It also launched the 50 Best Places series published by Rizzoli that included 23 titles and sold more than 350,000 copies. Now in its 6th edition, Peace And Quiet takes readers to soothing urban sanctuaries throughout the five boroughs from serene gardens and rooftop sanctuaries to soothing spas and meditation centers. The book’s success inspired Allan’s website findpeaceandquiet.com.
“If you’re at your wit’s end and frantic for tranquility, relax… you can buy this sweet little book.” -The New York Times
New York’s 50 Best Places To Take Children
4th Edition – Rizzoli/Universe Publisher
The only guidebook of its kind that the Parents League of NY rated “Indispensable,” Allan’s best-selling title remains the #1 printed source for fun in New York City. Since 1998, it has helped kids and parents discover unforgettable adventures on every corner, in every borough.
The Guide To Odd New York: Unusual Places, Weird Attractions and the City’s Most Curious Sights
Allan Ishac and Cari Jackson
Allan Ishac, LLC
The book that proves that weirdness still lives in the world’s greatest city. Unconventional and unexpected, ODD NEW YORK lures readers off the beaten path to a quirkier side of New York ‘ from a mummified nun in upper Manhattan to the city’s wickedest witchcraft store, from a kitschy mermaid parade in Coney Island to the oldest transvestite training school in America. Conceived and written by Allan with Cari Jackson, ODD NEW YORK includes more than 100 offbeat entries and 60 eye-popping photos, reminding us that New York is still the capital of kookiness.
‘Becoming “Never Years Old”‘
January–February 2023 Miracles Magazine
Be Like the Little Children—Children can be our greatest teachers.
‘True Listening Lifts Everyone (And Prepares Us to Hear the Only Voice There Is)’
September–October 2022 Miracles Magazine
Attentive listening like this is a gift to others, one with a kind of miraculous power in it.
‘Pay Attention, Stay Alert, Be Aware—Guidance Is Everywhere’
How to find and follow breadcrumbs from beyond to receive unerring help in all we do.
‘How an Ex-President Became My Greatest Teacher’
Mired in politics, marinating in judgment, it took an unexpected brother to teach me forgiveness.
‘Lifted Above the Battleground—Over Lunch’
A miracle message lifts all above the battleground transforming everyone into winners.
‘A Pandemic All Its Own: Male Solitude in the Age of Covid’
February 1, 2021
The Good Men Project
It wasn’t easy for men to meaningfully connect in normal times; during the pandemic, the obstacles have only grown.
‘My Beautiful Bikes’
Allan’s essay on a half-century of cycling.
‘Two Angry Locals’
Miracle Voices – A Course In Miracles Podcast (ACIM): Ep 54