My 5 Literary musts!
New York Library opened in 1911 this beautiful building is guided by Fortitude & Patience the Lions which flank the stairs leading into the Library. This is one of my favourite buildings in New York, whether studying, reading for pleasure, admiring the architecture or living your 'sex & the city' moment by fleeing down the majestic stairwells, its a must for any book lover.(situated on 5th avenue & 42nd street)
Bonnie Slotnick - Books for Cooks this little book store sits in the side streets of Greenwich Village and is a haven for bakers & cooks, utterly delightful. The epitome of a childhood sweet shop for cooks. (more details here)
Alice in Wonderland and Hans Christian Anderson.
The Strand bookstore - 18 miles of books, new and used all under one roof. In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York’s legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890’s and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, the Strand is the sole survivor, the perfect venue to while away a couple of hours in the city that doesn't sleep.
The Flatiron building opened in 1902 and is now the home of Macmillan Books ... featuring a cute little cafe in the lobby and a cool bar just around the corner. The Flatiron along with being one of the most iconic buildings in New York its also the place to author spot!.
The Library Hotel.... the perfect place to stay for any book lover. I have had drinks here, maybe one day I will get to stay!.Guest rooms contain unique collections of books & art, with 6,000 books in the reading room. With a rooftop writers den, poetry garden and a Bookmark lounger serving literary themed drinks it really is a book lovers dream stay.
My 5 Literary bars!
Hudson Bar & Books.. there are a couple of these across NY, but the one on Hudson in the West Village is my favourite. They are old skool cigar & whiskey joints, beautifully decorated with old books.
Minetta Tavern - opened in Greenwich Village in 1937, favourited by Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Dylan Thomas it still has its old style New York charm. Owned by Keith McNally (Balthazar & Pastis also part of his portfolio) is a perfect spot to view the life in the village and read a book.
Champagne Bar at the Plaza - The Plaza needs no introduction in the literary world and this bar was made famous in The Great Gatsby, when Tom confronts Gatsby over Daisy. This is the height of luxury and perfect for a magical special occasion.
The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel features a round table famous from the literati of the 20's & 30's and the birthplace of The New Yorker., steeped in history its the perfect place for a cocktail or two!
Old Town Bar situated in the Flatiron district and a short walk from The Strand bookstore. This bar is a favourite of Frank McCourt and Nick Hornby. As well as being funky, it also features some original features from its 1892 opening... perfect venue for a beer & burger.
My 5 NY reads....
Over the years I have read many books featuring New York... here are 5 that I have loved over the years for many reasons.
I heart New York - Lindsey Kelk - fleeing a cheating boyfriend, wearing no more than a bridesmaid dress, and Louboutins , Angela Clark jumps on a plane to NY to begin a whole new life. The story epitomises the essence of NY and the city where dreams are made.... a fun read, perfect pre-read for a NY trip.
Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin - I read this book many years ago, long before the movie and I fell in love with the NY that Emily describes, it sums up the summer in the city, when the jinty heads out to the hamptons each weekend. It is a perfect book of friendship, & love with NY as its backdrop. Rachel has been Dex's best friend since college and in love with him since then, until she introduces him to her best friend Darcy....
Lucia Lucia - Adriana Trigiani - this features the story of Lucia a 25 year old daughter of an Italian immigrant family in the 1950's of Greenwich Village New York. Bucking the trend Lucia secures a job as an apprentice in a ready-to-wear department of a chic New York department store. Lucia Lucia is the story of a girl who risks everything for the belief that a woman could - and should - be able to have it all. Before Mad Men made strong women a feature of the 50's, Adriana Trigianai was championing them first... from the back streets of the village to the luxury of Madison Avenue I completely fell in love with this NY.
Christmas at Tiffany's Karen Swann -Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland with her heart broken to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. At each location she receives a list of things to do, taking her out of her comfort zone and creating a new life at each location... There was so much of this book I loved.. here's a previous post.
From Nottinghill to New York with Love Actually - Ali Mcnamara - I loved this book, it sums up so much of the best of NY, it captures its essence, vibrancy, fun and the feeling that anything can happen where ever you are in the city... with some fab hint's & tips in the book, Scarlett style its a blast from start to finish.
I hope that you have enjoyed by 2nd post in my New York loves series..... here's my first, featuring cupcakes!...many of you have asked for a London equivalent ... watch this space as a similar post will be coming soon. ... what's your London / New York loves?