My April Manhattan Mini-Adventures

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My Manhattan Mini-Adventures for the month of April are below, curating what I’m loving about NYC and life, currently.

One: Augusten received the sweetest delivery in the mail…a signed copy of Augusten Burrough’s newest memoir, Lust and Wonder.  Mr. Burroughs has long been my favorite NYC author, and I credit his hysterical and honest tales for helping me to stick through my early (and sometimes tough) years in NYC.  When I met him at a book signing a few years back, I told him it was, and I quote, “the most exciting moment of my life!”  He looked at me and replied, “girl, if this is the most exciting moment of your life, you need to get out more.”  So, I did.  And I met my hubby.  And we had a baby and named him Augusten.  True story;-)

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Two: Our #UYCBookclub met at a cute pizzeria in the West Village (with a $5 happy hour!) and read The Hand That Feeds You…kinda a Gone Girl set in NYC.  If you’re a fan of those psychological thrillers with a fun twist at the end, I’d definitely recommend it–makes for a great commuting read!

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Three: I wrote about our weekend in the Catskills earlier this month, and honestly, we’re still raving about what a great time we had.  I mean, how cute is this clawfoot tub in the room?!

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Four: I love a good book store.  The Center For Fiction is known for their fantastic selection of author events and Writer’s Rooms where writers can rent space for a monthly fee (think gym membership for authors!), but until recently I had no idea they actually have a fabulous selection of books for sale, too.  They sell new fiction from up-and-coming authors (as well as ones you’ve surely heard of), and have an amazing selection of used books, where you can find both new releases and old classics for less than you would be able to get on Amazon.

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Five: My friend Peter hosted the most lovely spring themed brunch in his NYC apartment–don’t you love how the tulips match the veggie platter?;-)

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Six: Date “night” this month was catching an afternoon showing of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” (so, so, so funny!), followed by a glass of champagne with strawberries at our local watering hole.  Home by 6 to put the little man to bed;-)

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Seven: Gotta love street art, right?  This pretty wax sculpture was one of the best I saw this month, which you can find in the alley between 5th and 6th Avenue connecting 57th and 56th Street, also home to Nobu.

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Eight: I just can’t sing the praises of our fabulous NYPL enough.  Obviously, their book selection is the bee’s knees, but recently Augusten and I have been enjoying Baby Lap Time at our local branch.  The children’s librarian hosts a free get together for babies and their caretakers weekly, in which she reads stories, does songs, sign language, poems, and movement activities with the little ones.  Another example of some of the fabulously free offerings NYC has to offer!

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Nine: Tonight the Bosnian Film Festival that I work with is hosting a fundraiser at Stone Creek Lounge.  It’s a $10 suggested donation, with plenty of drinks and good music–all going to help support the 13th Annual Film Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend.  I’d love to see you there!  Cheers:-)

p.s. in case you missed them, my past little manhattan adventures can be found here!

What’s been your favorite mini-adventure this month?  Share below!

16 Comments

  • Hi Jess, What a great month you’ve had! I wish I could be in your UNY book club! That B ‘n B in the Catskills looks beautiful and so uniquely decorated. I just love a used book store. I could spend hours browsing. Time stands still in those places. :) Have a great weekend. p.s. I love that Augusten got a signed copy of the book from your favorite (and his namesake) author.

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks so much, Lisa! Would love for you to be in our book club too, it’s a super fun group of ladies, I think you’d love it!:-)

  • Gabrielle says:

    The clawfoot tub really is amazing – the perfect way to end any day! Also, how adorable you named your baby Augusten after the author – he’s the product of some very good advice!! :)

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  • The story about Augusten’s name is so wonderful! That story just made me smile : )

  • Kemkem says:

    OMG! What a great story😀. I’m so glad he told you to get out more. Look where it got you! Your very own keepsake of your favorite NYC author 😊. Great and thoughtful gift. I will watch the movie only because you say it’s funny. I had kind of intended on blowing it off. The first one was good, so l of course thought this would be shite! I think l will check out that book. It’s not too scary is it? Your book club participants look like you were having a good time 👏. Love this post!!!

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks so much, Kemkem!! The book is great, and a quick + fun read, would make a great travel companion on your next trip as you’re waiting for your plane to take off!;-)

  • Tamara says:

    My favorite mini adventure of YOURS was the Catskills trip. It’s so doable for me. Only two hours from here. Maybe less.
    My favorite mini adventure of mine was going to Hancock Shaker Village last week during the kids’ spring break. It was everyone else’s spring break too, apparently, but that didn’t make it any less fun. On the way home we found a moose crossing sign and tried to find moose. No luck, but there was hot dogs and french fries!

    • Used York City says:

      I LOVE that you went in search of the moose–anytime I hear mention of a moose anywhere, I ALWAYS think of you!!!

  • I absolutely love your story about how you named your son Augusten, just the best! I’ll have to check out My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, number 1 was fun

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Suze! Call us sentimental, but we figured it was pretty spot on!;-) And yes, if you liked 1 you’ll love 2!!

  • These are all awesome! For May, insider tip: My friends at The New York Adventure Club are hosting an evening at Central Park with Henry the Tortoise on Saturday May 7th. I don’t know if you’re aware but Henry (aka @TheNotortoiseBIG on Insta) is a local celebrity (shellebrity?) and will hang out with a cool bunch at the Harlem Meer in Central Park. Hope to see you there! (totally bring the little man).

    http://www.bigmaven.com/experience/ny-adventure-club-twilight-picnic-with-henry-the-tortoise/

    • Used York City says:

      OMG Marco, that’s AMAZING! Haha I absolutely love following celebrity animals on Insta (like Tuna the chiweenie;-), so this sounds RIGHT up my alley! Unfortunately I’ll be out of town that weekend, but hopefully some of our readers can make it! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Agness says:

    Manhattan would be my dream to come true! Your food adventures are so exciting and I’m glad you enjoyed!!

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