A Few More Notes from Our New York City Book Trip

While in New York, we went to visit the 9/11 Memorial…

Fountain in the footprint of one of the World Trade Center towers

Fountain in the footprint of one of the World Trade Center towers

9-11 memorial site

Our son ordered tickets ahead of time…there was a very long line of people waiting to be admitted, and security is tight.  It is an impressive and haunting memorial.

Freedom Tower, still under construction

Freedom Tower, still under construction

A poignant memorial for all the lives lost on September 11, 2001

A poignant memorial for all the lives lost on September 11, 2001

Later we paid our usual visit to the legendary Strand Book Store at the corner of 12th Street and Broadway, where we purchased a dozen or so books in their rare book room.   Here is a beauty we found there that we have already placed with a collector on the west coast:

The Crystal City Under the Sea, by Andre Laurie (London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1896)

The Crystal City Under the Sea, by Andre Laurie (London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1896)

We spent some time in the South Street Seaport area where my son lives…this beautiful historic area was badly damaged in the October 2012 hurricane (Hurricane Sandy) and is still in the recovery stages, with many shops, restaurants, and office buildings still closed down from widespread flood damage.

South Street Seaport area of New York City

South Street Seaport area of New York City

Pier 17

Pier 17

Pier 17 NYC

Son Adam, Me and Ron against the cityscape

Son Adam, Me and Ron against the cityscape

My son Adam and his lovely lady Diana showed us superb hospitality, and ensured we had great hotels and got to the book fairs and book stores we wanted to visit.

Adam and Diana on their rooftop

Adam and Diana on their rooftop

Among all the places we visited for food and drink, I loved the Tamarind, an Indian restaurant in Tribeca.  The food was amazing, and the service perfect — not overbearing — just right.

Dining at the Tamarind

Dining at the Tamarind

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Here was our view of the East River from our room in the Standard Hotel, 848 Washington at 13th Street, New York City…

View of the East River at night from our window at The Standard

View of the East River at night from our window at The Standard

On Sunday afternoon we took a taxi to Grand Central Station to catch the Metro North back to Tarrytown.  Just outside Grand Central we had the pleasure of meeting Danny the police dog!

Danny, one of New York's Finest

Danny (center), one of New York’s Finest

A ride on the Metro North took about half an hour to reach Tarrytown, NY, where we had left our vehicle.  The train was uncrowded on a Sunday afternoon.

Riding the Metro North

Riding the Metro North

After picking up our car in Tarrytown, we doubled back a few miles to Hastings-on-Hudson to visit Riverrun Bookshop (12 Washington Avenue).  We always have good luck finding hidden gems here, and this time was no exception.  Here’s a beautiful decorated binding we purchased at Riverrun (which we have already sold).

Fuel of Fire, by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler (NY: Dodd Mead, 1901)

Fuel of Fire, by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler (NY: Dodd Mead, 1901)

Our thanks to Kate at Riverrun, who gave us excellent and friendly service, carefully packed and invoiced our books, and was kind enough to direct us to a good place for a late lunch!

After that it was a five hour drive back home, where we fell into bed after filling a few book orders that had come in.

It was a whirlwind trip, and another great book scouting adventure!

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