While in New York, we went to visit the 9/11 Memorial…
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here was our view of the East River from our room in the Standard Hotel, 848 Washington at 13th Street, New York City…
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!
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.
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).
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!