This last summer, after four years of marriage, my wife and I finally took a long belated honeymoon trip out of the country. By the time we left, neither of us had received our passports—my wife had been waiting 15+ weeks for hers while I had applied for mine at the last second—and we wound up having to rebook our flight on an airline that would take the documentation we did have as opposed to the original airline which would not. Anyway, after great (extra) expense by having to do all this on the run at six in the morning in the Houston airport, we ended up having credit for two tickets on the first airline that we had to use by the end of this year.
So, stunningly enough—especially for someone like me being the (cheap) homebody that I am—this means we are taking not one but two actual vacation trips this year. (For those of you keeping score at home, this works out to half a vacation a year over the course of our marriage.) And, even more stunning, we threw caution to the wind and decided to go someplace over the upcoming winter break where we have no relatives to visit: New York City.
My blushing bride has never been there; I went on a family trip there about fifteen years ago. Perhaps like with a lot of people, the things that still stick in my mind are random events I saw as opposed to formal tourist type stuff: a homeless guy outside of FAO Schwarz making fun of a mime (after all, what’s a mime to do?), a lady reading—that is, yelling—verses from the Bible for an hour right in my dad’s ear while we were standing in line in Times Square in the bitter cold to buy tickets to a play, and hanging out in the lobby of where we were staying, the Algonquin. Even at the time, however, as cool a trip as it was, I remember thinking, man, if only I could come back and not have the whole fam along with its fam vibe going on.
At long last, the day has arrived. And finally, to make a long post endless, my question is, for anyone out there with an opinion about it (Steve Tiano, where are you?), what are the great NYC book publishing landmarks that should be checked out. The White Horse Tavern? The NYC Public Library? Historic publishing/author houses? Off-the-wall bookstores? In general, I’ll always happily go for the obscure as opposed to the mainstream, but I’m curious to hear any suggestions for must-see locales.
Thanking you in advance,
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