A Visit to the Strand & NY

New York

New York always holds a special place in my heart. Despite not being able to write ballads to it since I am the worst at rhyme and song, I can definitely write blog post upon blog post about the city. Since I live within commuting distance, I used to spend days there and recently, I found myself there again, this time with a friend from college. It was the most impromptu of trips, planned in a storm of text messages and soon, we whisked ourselves off. 


Strand Bookstore
There's something calming having friends who love books. I have a knack for finding them somehow and I was elated that were going to the Strand. I love going to independent bookstores, which comes to no surprise to readers as I mention it quite a lot. Last year, I found myself at the Central Park stand for the Strand, where I bought The Lover's Dictionary. I've been meaning to go to the Strand on Broadway for a while now, but never got the chance until today. 


It's the ultimate book lover's paradise, with three whole floors jam-packed with books, old and new. The best part of the Strand is that many of the prices are below list price and the sale books often contain really great finds. I ended up spending a lot at the Strand #sorrynotsorry and I picked up a couple of books for friends as well.


Afterwards, we rested for a bit at Union Square park, where we admired the passing scenery and mostly just breathing in the air. We spent hours like that, occasionally munching on our bread that we got in Chinatown bakeries. Ah, life
Union Square NY

Do you have favorite places to go? Places that you feel comfortable in? 

20 comments

  1. I'm going to NYC for the first time for BEA this year and I'm ridiculously excited. I really hope I have enough time to pop into the Strand or a few other bookstores while I'm there!

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  2. Oh this post just makes me so excited :3 I've always wanted to go to New York since I was a kid! Just everything about it sounds amazing! I first heard about The Strand when reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares and from then on it sounded so magical *O* I definitely hope I get to go to NY sometime in the future :)

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  3. Everything about your trip sounds so amazing, from bookstores to consuming lots of bread and breathing air in NYC.



    My favorite place to go is Paris and then I'll think about the rest. Ha ha, really I'm obsessed with wanting to see and be in paris for years now. I also want to visit NYC one day and LA. Basically every place in the world. Sigh.


    I feel very comfortable in libraries and bookstores. Basically any place that contains lots of books. And coffee shops, I love them.

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  4. I've never been to NYC and have no real desire to go, but I would love to be able to visit The Strand.

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  5. First time in NYC, or first time at BEA (or both)? Inquiring minds want to know. Not to invite myself on your excursions, but we absolutely MUST get you to some of the iconic literary landmarks while you're there!

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  6. My now-husband and I had one of our first dates at the Strand. We're compatible bookshoppers (read: we leave each other alone to wander the stacks alone for long periods of time, rejoining only to share our recent finds), so I figured I'd go ahead and date him.


    Great photos, and looking forward to seeing what you think of The Lover's Dictionary!

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  7. Awww this post brings back so many memories for me. I lived in New York last summer and spent LOADS of time at The Strand. I know exactly what you mean about that "comfortable" feeling you get in certain places. There's a specific neighborhood in the city I live in where I feel 100% at home (and will hopefully move there if I end up getting a job in this city!). It's the fashion district of my area and the people are just very similar to me. I purposely go to the coffeeshops there all the time just so I have an excuse to hang in that area! Ha. Lovely pictures, by the way.

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  8. My first pilgrimage to the Strand was in 2010, I believe, and I would love to go back! There's something about wandering an indie bookstore for hours . . . it's really good for the soul. I didn't drop too much cash there last time only because I was exploring New York on foot, and . . . well, carrying more than one paperback at a time can get rough on the old back. :) Thanks for bringing those fun memories back! Glad you had a good time.

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  9. BEA- loads of fun, lots of books but oh-so tiring! Wear comfortable shoes, bring a suitcase for books (you can store it in the lobby for ~$5 for the day), and bring water, too.


    NYC- The Strand is great! You can spend days there. You should stop by Central Park (so, so nice) and the Met/MOMA, if you're into art museums and have time.


    Hope you enjoy BEA and NYC! It's going to very, very fun!

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  10. The Strand *is* very magical. I can spend days there and it's wonderful to be surrounded by so many books.

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  11. Paris! I want to go to Paris someday, too, but I think I'll stop by London first. I have a serious case of wanderlust...


    Yes! I feel really comfortable in spaces where there's books and coffee. I guess it's the atmosphere, you know?

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  12. You should go to the Strand sometime! NYC is really nice, actually. :)

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  13. That's so cool and sweet! I do that with friends all the time and it's so comforting.

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  14. I hope you get a job in the city! Sometimes it's a little strange when you go to a place and feel "this is it" but that's how the Strand was for me. Best of luck!! :D

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  15. Haha, I know what you mean about the strain of carrying books! I regretted it a slight bit as I lugged the books around the in city...


    I'm glad you were able to recall your own memories of going to the Strand and I hope you can go again sometime soon!

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  16. I hope you can go back to London sometime soon! It's strange how cities can feel like home but isn't really home.

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  17. It reminds me of fully Booked here, the one in a city that is so just so far away, and with the Philippines's commuting system, it would be hard to commute there. But in FB, it is three gorgeous floors full of books, but the Strand looks so much more crammed with books.


    I really wish to be able to visit NYC, but that would be so expensive! Haha . . . Still wishing for the chance to go. I'll be looking around for a nice college in NYC. Way too ambitious of me to dream of going abroad, but oh well.

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  18. Whoa, Fully Booked sounds amazing! Regarding NYC, maybe look into study-abroad options? I know it can be cheaper to study abroad in NYC for a year than to attend a college in NYC. I hope you can visit NYC sometime!

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  19. I just went to the Strand for the first time yesterday! I always pass it, but I'd never really gone in. You're so right - it's a book lovers paradise. I think I'm going back tomorrow, but yeah! Such a great place. Glad you got to go again!

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