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
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.
Here are my favorite bookstores in New York:
37 Main St (Water St)
Broadway & 12th St
Yet to be discovered:
126 Franklin St
400 Bleecker St
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
Kalverstraat 152, Amsterdam
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.
Favorite places to visit in the Village:
- Amy’s Bread
- Magnolia Bakery
- John’s Pizzeria
- Murray’s Cheese Shop
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:
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!
Park Avenue. A shot I wanted to take so badly. Love this view.
York Station became my subway station for a week when I rented an apartment in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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.
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.
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!
I think this place is so timeless. I love spending time here, watching people.