We made it to New York … the capital of the world for honking horns; blaring fire engines; screeching ambulances; and “have a nice day”; and crazy clothes; and crazy people wearing crazy clothes; and yellow taxi cabs – and a whole lot more. It was a Wednesday afternoon rail trip on the Amtrak that brought us here (beats driving in to New York) so that we hit the taxi queue at Penn Station just after 5 pm — it was rush hour. That’s when we most definitely knew we had arrived!
After off loading our bags and settling in at the hotel it was out for an early evening stroll with a few smashes and bashes of elbows and shoulders as commuters rushed for their trains and then we were back for our first evening feast here – at Juniors at Grand Central Station.
Pickles and beets first
Our first full day here was getting the lay of the land and revelling in the sunshine and the warmth and the BUZZ … and we have been here enough that we didn’t even need a map to wander! Morning task was to shop and get some coffee and shop a bit more and then this afternoon we had the most glorious experience of walking through the Leonard Marcus exhibition The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter at the New York Public Library. The room was flooded with people who were just reeling at seeing artefacts like the PL Travers Umbrella, original pieces of art, manuscripts and of course the books themselves. There was also a table with books for readers to read! We even overheard one mother who had to be a children’s book person explain other great children’s books to her children – who were named Beatrix and Madeline. Would have loved to be Marcus with access to the library’s bits and pieces … how did he choose?!
Poster with Teddy Eddie
bini and Alice
winnie the pooh
poky little puppy
original secret garden manuscript
Of course prior to making it here to New York we spent the night in Boston and any visit to that city has to include a quick dash out to catch the Ducks – from Make Way for Ducklings fame.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]