New York, New York — in search of great books

Day Two of our Book Scouting Journey – Saturday morning we took the Metro Train from Tarrytown to Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

Cathy at the Tarrytown Metro Train Platform

Grand Central Train Station, New York, NY

The New York Public Library is hosting an Exhibition “Celebrating 100 Years” and they have brought out some of their best rare material for the exhibition.

New York City Public Library


Celebrating 100 Years - a FREE Exhibition from May 14 to December 31, 2011

Although rules preclude photographing the rare items themselves, I can tell you that on display were such magnificent items as a first edition Elephant Folio of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America,” a Gutenberg Bible, Virginia Woolf’s walking stick and her diary, Sumerian cuneform tablets (ca. 2300 BCE), one of Malcolm X’s journals, among other exquisite and rare items.

This Exhibit is free and available to all at the main branch (the library’s beautiful landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street), and is open to the public now through Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Don’t miss it if you have the opportunity to visit New York!

We have visited many book shops in New York, but one we always return to is The Strand (828 Broadway at 12th Street).  This trip was no exception!

Strand's Rare Book Room - Third Floor

Reg at work, cataloging and pricing books - Strand Rare Book Room

We purchased several books here, including a first edition C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton, and a first edition of a Graham Greene play The Potting Shed.

We hosted a roof party at our hotel, and finally met in person poet, actor, and director  Tony Vozzo — who signed a copy of his poetry book for us.

Roof Party!

NYC skyline from the roof

Ron and Tony Vozzo

Other elements of our weekend in NY City were a walk on the incredible High Line, recently converted to an elevated pedestrian park/pathway from an old abandoned elevated rail line.  It has been a huge success, and is already beloved by New Yorkers and tourists alike.  Here are some highlights from our Hike on the High Line:

A walk on the Highline

A pause to refresh at an area that circulates water over the walkway

There is beautiful landscaping along the entire path

We played a game of Bocci Ball at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park


Not to be missed - Brunch at the Sun Burnt Cow

Check back soon — we’ll be seeing you in bookish places in Connecticut!




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