Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Home At Last

We are finally home from our week-long trip to the Big Apple. We had a blast at NYCC and then both came down with colds that would send us back to our hotel room for lengthy naps in the afternoons. (I spent several hours yesterday watching the Billy the Exterminator marathon on A&E. It's so depressing.) We stayed near Times Square and for those of you out there who someday plan to go to NYC let me give you a little bit of advice: don't stay near Times Square. It's way too busy what with all the theater people and everything is crazy overpriced. Next time we go, I'll be looking around Union Square up to possibly Bryant Park for a hotel.

One of my main objectives for this trip was to experience the New York Public Library. 

It is, I think for me and many other people, THE public library, the library that all public libraries aspire to be. Being the bookworm that I am, this library represents my ideal heaven - a large but well-lit cavern filled with books and people who know all about them. See?

This is what I found as I came around the corner from Bryant Park:

WTF?!! They were doing renovations there and the noise! I can't even describe my horror and disappointment when I came face to face with it. The scaffolding and false front plus the construction noise inside the entrance that sounded clear as a bell on the sidewalk all bothered me so much that we just walked away. Maybe on my next visit to NYC? I did get to see this in person though:

I was happy.


Jen D. said...

Glad you guys made it back safe and sound! Sorry you didn't get to enjoy the library the way you would've wanted.

Jen said...

Yeah, we got home early this afternoon. I am so happy to be sitting on my couch again :) The library was such a disappointment but that's ok. I got to eat delish dim sum AND a cheeseburger, fries, and a chocolate shake from Shake Shack instead. Life's good :)

Jen D. said...

Mmm..cheeseburgers and milk shakes. You'll have to take me next time we're in the big apple. ;)

Jen said...

According to their website, the PTB have put one in Miami :) We went to one of the newer ones in NYC so we didn't have to wait OVER AN HOUR for a cheeseburger. Crazy, huh?

Jen D. said...

There's an hour wait at some of them?!?! That's insane. I'm checking the website right now. I must investigate this burger and shake place.

Jane said...

Great recap Jen! Sorry you missed Seanan McGuire :(

Jen said...

Jen - I've heard that it's been closer to 1.5 hours at the original one. The food was good but not 1.5 hours good :)

Jane - I think she only did one panel and then signed a bit on Saturday and that was it. There was no mention of it anywhere beforehand so we may not have even been there when she was. Grrr.