Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Getting use to the "New York" Way

My Tuesday morning routine thanks to living in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn will be to get up before 9:30 a.m. (maybe easy for you) and move my car for the 90-minute street cleaning window.

The alternate side parking rules are in effect You're allowed to block other parked cars as you double park to allow space for the sweepers. One lady told me nice people leave their phone number in the window of their car in case the blocked party has to leave during that period. I did.

And Tuesday was capped off at about 11:45 p.m. with a stop in the Community Bookstore which is located a couple blocks from my apartment. The open-for business hours are unusual - 4 p.m. to about midnight depending on how many people are in the shop. It's been operating like this for 24 years according to John who is the owner and a multi-pack a day smoker.

I don't read a lot of books, but I've always liked exploring old book stores. Eventually a movie will be made of every one of those books so why read them. But they're nice to look at and - as you can see - there's plenty of variety for the reader of every stripe.

The books are "arranged" by subject. But it's easy to get lost in the place and equally easy to stumble over books that somehow made their way to the floor. New York is truly a late night place.

1 comment:

Rod Lyons said...

Great blog Paul, glad you made it safely. The photo of the inside of the bookstore looks like my office after you donated all of those great books to the department. Thanks again.

I envy you, I love New York