The Great Outdoors
So much to do and see, you can spend days here. I love the intimate zoo, the free Shakespeare in the park during summer, and the often photographed Bethesda Fountain. I also have fond memories of telling stories to children in front of the Hans Christian Andersen statue, where professional storytellers and librarians have held free programs every summer for many years. You can read more on the New York Public Library blog.
New York Botanical Garden
One of my favorite “escapes” from the hustle and bustle of the city, was a subway and bus ride to this lovely garden paradise.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry
You can take a ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, with some of the best views in town, for FREE!
Metropolitan Museum of Art
As a child I always wanted to “run away” and live in New York City, after reading From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. After graduate school, I did just that, and spent many hours wandering around this magnificent institution.
And of course, I cannot forgot one of the greatest libraries in the Country, The New York Public Library. The iconic main research library, also known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, which most people associate with this library, is located on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. There is a funny video re-enactment of the movie “Ghostbusters,” filmed in support of the library due to impending budget cuts.
Many things have changed since I lived in New York City, but here are some good eats that are still around.
H & H Bagels - Broadway and 80th St. Upper West Side is my favorite. Multiple locations, and online ordering is available. Often times you can get some hot fresh bagels, and there is nothing like it.
Frozen Hot Chocolate:
Serendipity 3 - 225 E. 60th between 2nd and 3rd Aves. Upper East Side. Try this on a hot day, it's divine.
Veniero's - 342 E. 11th St. (First Ave.) East Village. A must for me whenever I visit New York. They are famous for cannoli, but I’m a sucker for their mini pastries and cookies.
John's Pizzeria - With multiple locations, my favorite is the original in Greenwich Village 278 Bleecker St. (between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave. S.).
Grimaldi's in Brooklyn - 19 Old Fulton St. A perfect treat after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The place that started the craze… Magnolia Bakery. Now with multiple locations, there is always a line at the original Greenwich Village shop.
If you want to read stories with New York as a backdrop, try one of these titles:
- New York : the novel by Edward Rutherfurd
- The Alienist by Caleb Carr
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (see previous blog/review)
DeAnn O. has been a librarian for over 15 years; she is a world traveler, and lived in New York City for over 4 years.