This week we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and spent a good portion of the week in New York City. It was frigid, to say the least, and we spent most of our time doing indoor things ~ tours, eating, shopping and gawking. We took bus tours, ate, watched the taping of the Letterman Show, ate, shopped, ate, toured Madison Square Gardens and ate.
My favorite thing to do in New York is to go to the Strand Book Store. They advertise 18 miles of books, and if you ask me, they have many more!! Check out that picture. See the books covering the windows? What you see in that picture are the second and third floors and they are packed with books, as is the first floor and basement! New and Used, ones you’ve heard of and ones you want but have never heard of!
I’ve been there once and lugged home about 20 pounds of books on that trip. This trip I learned something new. I was looking for books on cemeteries (so what’s new?) and couldn’t find which section or floor they were on. One of the clerks suggested I go to the desk and talk to somebody to see if they could find something. One of the managers was the most helpful person! He put all kinds of phrases into a search on their website and came up with a lot of books, but only one or two in stock! My kind of luck.
However! He did go and get one of them and then went down the bibliography and started again! I ended up with seven books.
- “Etched in Stone, Enduring Words from our Nation’s Monuments,” Ryan Coonerty
- “Green Oasis in Brooklyn, The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008,” John Rouslmaniere
- “The Secret City, Woodlawn Cemetery and the Buried History of New York,” Fred Goodman
- “Pioneer Cemeteries, Sculpture Gardens of the Old West,” Annette Stott
- “Known by the Work of His Hands,” Claire Messimer
- . . . and two having nothing to do with cemeteries
Now if you could see the size of three of these books, you would understand my husband’s reluctance to carry them back to the hotel! We did have a large tote bag, however it would have still been quite a strain!
That same manager ~ bless his heart ~ suggested we have the store ship them, for two reasons:
- Since we were shipping them out of state we would save NYC tax of 8% on our purchases and
- Their shipping charge was $4.50 for the first one and 50 cents for each one after that!
It was a win-win situation! We got home yesterday and our package got here today!
He also told us we could order online and have our purchases shipped. Check out their website. Perhaps you could find a book you’ve been looking for. They carry new and used books and can put you on a waiting list for a particular book!
Strand Books will be my bookstore of choice from now on!