How to Enjoy New York City After BookExpo America

Update: This post originally appeared in May 2011.

The fun doesn’t stop when the floor closes. There’s so much you can do in New York City besides heading back-and-forth from the Javits Center.

1. Enough with the free books, it’s time to go shopping!

a. Visit the Strand Bookstore (18 miles of New, Used and Rare Books) at Broadway and 12th Street. Recommended by President & Publisher Hank Kennedy, Associate Editor Jim Bessent, and Marketing & Sales Associate Ashley Hamilton

b. Check out Book Culture on the Upper West Side. A great resource for hard-to-find books. Recommended by Part-Time Publicist Alice Northover

2. Pay your respects to a New York City landmark.

a. Visit the New York Public Library at 42nd and Fifth. Recommended by Associate Editor Jim Bessent

b. Visit the Museum of Natural History. Recommended by Publicity Director Irene Majuk

3. Make it an event!

a. Go to the TKTS booth and check out half-priced shows and Times Square. Recommended by Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus

b. Hit up a fab book event that evening. Recommended by Marketing & Sales Associate Ashley Hamilton

4. Go for a wander…

a. Go the Village and just walk around. Recommended by Managing Editor Andy Ambraziejus

b. Go to Bryant Park to mingle among the trees. Recommended by Marketing & Sales Associate Ashley Hamilton

c. Go for a walk along the High Line, Manhattan’s public park above the streets. Recommended by Part-Time Publicist Alice Northover

5. Have a glass or two at one of the great literary watering holes.

a. Have a drink in the lobby bar of the Algonquin Hotel—and old landmark spot for publishing types. (If you’re allergic to cats, beware; not sure whether they still have a cat roaming the lobby.) Recommended by Executive Editor Ellen Kadin
Update: Matilda is back!

b. White Horse Tavern, where the poet Dylan Thomas hung out, drank and died. All of the Beatniks used to hang out there too. Recommended by Editorial Assistant William Helms

c. Kettle of Fish. Another Beatnik hangout. There’s a famous photo of Kerouac outside the Kettle of Fish. Recommended by Editorial Assistant William Helms

d. Pete’s Tavern, where O. Henry used to stop by and write his short stories over a pint. Recommended by Editorial Assistant William Helms

e. McSorley’s Old Ale House, where you can imagine drinking with the historical figures who had stopped there over the years. Recommended by Editorial Assistant William Helms

Maybe you’ll run into one of us there.

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