guest post – A Book Trip to NYC Sept 13-17

We flew into JFK on Wednesday night, the plane was 45-minutes early (that’s right, JET BLUE). The cab was $45 plus toll and tip. The hotel (East Side Marriott, 49th & Lex) was $569 per night (fashion week in NYC). Good thing I was with my wife who was on a business trip.

The next morning I visited Glenn H down on 5th Avenue then John McW over on 64th street. I visited several other secret places that have nice books for sale and purchased some. I forgot to mention it rained all day, but I had my umbrella. Walked about 5.7 miles (easy). I won 2 very cool books at auction in Philadelphia, while I was walking around NYC. Thursday night I visited the Strand (12th at Broadway), and could not find one book to buy (2 hours of looking). I hooked up with my wife that night and had a nice meal.

Friday it was still raining, so I cabbed over to the Javits to attend the ILAB Book Fair. 11am opening. I arrived at 9:50 and purchased some MEGA tickets for that night’s lottery (broke even) at the Hudson’s Newstand. I hung out with several book people waiting for the fair to open. Nice looking fair, fancy, with a lot of way cool books. I purchased 6 more books, but not at the fair, via phone, as I walked the fair. Sometimes, being a bookseller is complicated. I had fun walking the fair, seeing friends, seeing some great books, and not having that “pressure” one feels when they are selling. However, I did take about 100 photos at the fair (and 50 more around the city)

My wife got done early at work (noon), and we met at the ICP (International Center for Photography) and saw the show there, had a nice dinner at our hotel, then we shopped Sax Fifth Avenue until it closed. Saturday morning we had breakfast with a friend and then attended the Edward Hopper show at the Whitney Museum up on Madison Avenue and had lunch there. We dropped in at Marina Rinadi, and a Samsonite store (they had a cool new small bag with a new kind of rolling system).
Early afternoon we visited the Pace Gallery at 57th and saw the great Avedon show. At 6pm we attended the Fine Books & Collections Award Ceremony at the Grolier Club (1st Collector’s Award). The Grolier Club had a show up of fancy bindings that was STUNNING, including one fine binding that had a cut out in the front panel and had a movie camera inside, running. So as you walked close to this one your face was on the cover!

Finally, we ended up eating chili at P.J. Clarke’s and walked back to our hotel. Early Sunday we flew home, the plane landed 34 minutes early. A nice, easy, fun, book trip to the big apple.

Ed Smith@ Ed Smith Books, ABAA
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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