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I’ve been meaning to tell you about this book store for ages. Ever since I returned from my October trip (Month of Me!) trip to New York City, that is. I already told you about Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers, but Kerry and I also visited another independent book store by the name of McNally Jackson Books.
McNally Jackson Books is in the NoLita district of Manhatten, “NoLita” meaning “north of Little Italy.” As you can see in the map below, it is also close to a really interesting district called the Bowery, which I’ve written about here.
The store has a large main floor, then stairs to an equally large basement floor. I could have spent days in there. But that’s not saying much, I guess, since I could spend days in virtually any book store. But this store has a very large selection of very interesting books, all displayed so nicely and with conveniently located chairs here and there. Plus, the staff have a lot of personality. (If you don’t believe me, check the store’s twitter feed.)
And if that’s not enough. There’s the cafe. The very, uber-cool cafe.
There is another element to this store that makes it unique — there is a library-quality printing machine right in the store! This means that you can self-publish or if you can’t find a particular title because demand is just not large enough to warrant large print runs …. hey, print it on-demand. It’s basically the complete opposite of an e-reader.
Photo credit and source: McNally Jackson Books.
But my favourite part of this entire gorgeous store was the children’s section in the basement. It was soooo cosy … it made me want to be a little girl again, and just re-live that first spark of love with books! Here is a photo I snapped from my phone. In the background, you can see the giant book in green. And then in the foreground, the large mushroom table and smaller mushroom stools.
I started up this blog just over a year ago as an outlet for personal writing — the kind of writing that doesn’t take place during my work day in corporate communications. I envisioned it as my own little creative and social sandbox for my free time.
But what I didn’t realize then was just how much I would enjoy playing in this sandbox. And I think the reason I love being in this space so much is because it’s a constant learning joy ride. I was that kid who loved school and I feel like I’ve signed up for a graduate degree in social media.
That’s why I registered for the BlogHer conference. Well, that and the fact that it was taking place in New York City. It was an irresitible combination.
When I’m in New York, I can’t help but think of the saying “the city that never sleeps.” Where I live with my family, I can stand on my deck outside at 9 pm and look up at a deep black sky filled with bright stars and a night air filled with silence. It’s easy to fall asleep because you don’t feel like you’re going to miss out on anything. But here in NYC, I lay in bed at the hotel last night and I could hear the non-stop action taking place in the streets. I pulled the blinds back at 2 am and city lights were twinkling everywhere from the 18th floor of my room.
New York City always brings a buzz. And with 2,500 bloggers descending upon this hotel and its conference spaces, the buzz is palable.
The conference itself has been sold-out for five consecutive years. It’s my first year and I’m told that its promises of hands-on learning, rich discussions, and opportunities to meet bloggers and the brands that support us all hold true.
It’s going to be a great few days. But I don’t see sleep anywhere on the agenda.