A few months ago, I published my guide to London’s top literary locations. I’ve been lucky enough to have taken a trip to New York recently, and I thought that this month I’d give you a round-up of my literary picks for the Big Apple.
Firstly, once you’ve exhausted all the more traditional museums, the Morgan Library and Museum is well worth a trip. Just around the corner from Grand Central Station, it has a collection of rare and historical manuscripts and also holds a wide variety of special exhibitions, musical performances, lectures, readings, films, family programs, and tours. Like all museums in NYC, it’s not free, but some of the upcoming exhibitions look like they could be really interesting.
If you’re on the tourist trail, make sure you stop by the New York Public Library. The current building was opened in 1911 and boasts some amazing architecture, a huge reading room and iconic columns and stone lions guarding the entrance. As well as having around 53 million items across all its sites, the New York Public Library also plays host to lots of free exhibitions, talks and events.
It’s also close to Times Square, a few short blocks away from the Empire State Building and very close to the Morgan Library, so it’s easy to make the most of your trip if you’re only in the city for a short time.
If you’ve had enough of sightseeing and are in the mood for some good food and drink with a literary edge, you should head down to Chelsea Market, where there’s a really fantastic little bookstore. The staff there were all extremely knowledgeable and ready to recommend a book or have more in-depth discussion about the world of books.
And finally, no trip to New York can be complete without a trip to Central Park and the Alice in Wonderland statue – a bronze, 11ft high imaging of the Mad Hatters Tea Party. This year is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, so it’s a great time to visit.