My Coast to Coast Vacation was very spur of the moment and probably one of the most spontaneous thing I ever did. It’s truly something that I will always look back on with a smile on my face.

After my trip to San Francisco, I was headed to the East Coast for the first time ever for my friend’s 40th birthday celebration.

I got to New York Friday evening and took a taxi from LaGuardia Airport to Brooklyn. I met my friends at Books of Magic where we took the obligatory picture along their wall! Even though I didn’t really stay long enough to browse, I can see why it’s so popular. They even had an author reading going on.

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And then we took the subway to Manhattan where we did a bit of sightseeing.

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It was so cool to walk around New York at night. With all the bright lights, it didn’t feel so late. And the crowds in Times Square were huge! We even passed by a line of people already waiting and camping out to get in to see Saturday Night Live. Of course, I wanted to go to the Theater District just to see some famous marquees. Maybe on my next trip there, I’ll get to watch a show!

One of the things I wanted to see in this trip was The Stonewall Inn. What an electric place! It was really too dark to see anything, though.

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I didn’t go inside the bar- maybe next time!- but a couple of people suggested we check out Jekyll & Hyde Club in Greenwich Village where we were for the literary theme and for its hidden bathrooms!

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The next morning, I decided to wake up early to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. I love walking bridges- and maybe one day it’ll be a challenge of mine to walk all the famous bridges. It was beautiful even with the morning fog, especially seeing the Manhattan Bridge across the way. And the fact that there was hardly any other people was great.

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Naturally, I went back to The Stonewall Inn to see it better. Across from it was the Stonewall National Monument and Christopher Park. I wanted to get a feel of the place to better understand what happened 50 years ago in a riot that sparked a revolution.

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After that was the main event. My friend and fellow library hopper had been wanting to visit the New York Public Library– as have I- so it was super special that we got to experience it together!

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After lunch and a stop at Grand Central Terminal and the Strand Book Store, we parted ways until later that night…

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… and off we went to Rochester by train the following morning!

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I’ll have more pics of the New York Public Library and my bookish adventures in Manhattan and Brooklyn on my other blog.

And, I’ll continue my Coast to Coast Vacation wrap up with what I did in Rochester in a few days!

I had an idea going in that I wouldn’t like New York- that it would too big, too much, too noisy, too rough- but I had a great time. I talked to very nice people and can’t wait for another chance to go back!

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