My top 10 favorite books about New York

10 amazing books about New York: (Click on the titles for a description on Amazon)

My First New York from the Editors of New York Magazine
Candid accounts from people like Nora Ephron and Diane von Furstenberg about coming to New York

My City, My New York
Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places

New York Then and Now
Photo book showing stunning images comparing early New York to Modern day New York, side by side

New York the Big City and Its Little Neighborhoods
Captures the spirit of 20 of this city’s most distinctive ethnic enclaves, like Brighton Beach, Harlem, Greenwich Village, Jackson Heights and Midtown’s Koreatown. Filled with stories and photos.

New York by Christopher Bliss
Beautiful photos book capturing the city

New York, Recipes from the Big Apple
Cookbook with New York’s traditional recipes from famous places like Murray’s Bagel’s, Kat’s Delicatessen, Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery and the 2nd Avenue Deli

Chelsea Market Cookbook
Another great cookbook, this time with recipes from the famous Chelsea Market off the Highline

The Manhattan Diet by Eileen Daspin
Live like a New Yorker, eat like a New Yorker and lose weight in the process. Home to models, actresses and fantastic people, with fantastic eating and exercise habits

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A poignant novel about a boy’s quest that takes him across New York’s five boroughs after his father dies in the Twin Towers on 9/11

Project Rebirth by Dr. Robin Stern and Courtney E. Martin
A companion to the documentary film Rebirth; survival and the strength of the Human Spirit from 9/11 survivors

Book stores in New York

When my co-workers ask me how my weekend was and my answer is that I went into town with a couple of girlfriends, they automatically assume that I went out clubbing or something cool like that.

Little do they know that this means that I’ve been hitting my favorite book stores with my best friends. We are all pretty much introverts with a passion for books and love to spend time together. Spending hours book stores across town. (Shhtttt…. Don’t tell my co-workers).

Here are my favorite bookstores in New York:

Dumbo, Brooklyn:
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St (Water St)

Manhattan
The Strand
Broadway & 12th St

Yet to be discovered:

Greenpoint
Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St

West Village
BookMarc
400 Bleecker St

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Since I still live in Amsterdam, here a list of my favorite Amsterdam bookstores when I can’t visit my faves in New York:

ABC Book Center
Spuistraat 12, Amsterdam

Waterstones
Kalverstraat 152, Amsterdam

De Slegte (Second hand and rare)
Kalverstraat 48-52

What to do in Greenwich Village, New York

What if you’d have one day in glorious Greenwich Village?

With Broadway on the East, Hudson river to the West, Houston street to the South and 14th street to the North there is enough to discover.

Washington Square Park is the center of it all where you can take a breather and watch people go about their way. It’s also often a popular filming location for film and TV.

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Favorite places to visit in the Village:

Bleecker Street:

  • Amy’s Bread
  • Magnolia Bakery
  • John’s Pizzeria
  • Murray’s Cheese Shop
  • CVS

MacDougal Street

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And 11th Street:

  • Tartine’s for a Cappuccino outside when the weather is nice
  • Spotted Pig, 314 West 11th Street

Another favorite is Apothecary C.O. Bigelow. Liv Tyler is one of the regulars. It’s still in it’s 1800’s glory.

A few more impressions:

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So when you visit New York, don’t skip this gorgeous area.

If you have recommendations for me to see on my next visit, please leave a comment. I’m looking forward to it!

Broadway

Broadway

I always find Broadway, no matter in what area I’m in. It breathes it’s own style and I love how I can find that style in the Financial District, Little Italy, Soho… and the Upper West Side.

This view from Soho looking down towards the Woolworth Building is one of my favorites in this world.

Roosevelt Island Tram view

Roosevelt Island Tram view

Upper East Side

Two weeks ago I was here. Back in Amsterdam now but miss the city. It was such a wonderful trip and even though I was a little under the weather for a bit, I still had the best time.

Blue hour

Blue hour

I just spent two amazing weeks in New York. I rented two apartments, one in Greenwich Village, the other in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

When I stepped out of my Dumbo apartment, I walked a bit and had this view.

And people wonder why I need a few days to myself after I come home from NY. I miss it like crazy!