New York City Visit

Trip Start May 13, 2009
Trip End Aug 02, 2009

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

On my way to Cooperstown to speak at the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, I decided to make a "pit stop" first in New York City.  I am staying at The Jane Hotel in Greenwich Village.  This hotel, once called The Riverview Hotel, was built in 1907 across from the Hudson River.  The Jane was completed in 1908 and was originally called the American Seamen's Friend Society Sailor's Home. William A. Boring, the architect famous for the Ellis Island Immigrant Station designed the hotel with cabin-like rooms for sailors. In 1912, the Titanic's survivors stayed at the hotel, and there was even a memorial service held in the building. The survivors of the Titanic stayed while the investigation of the sinking was taking place.  Oddly enough, on my first full day here, the last Titanic survivor (Millvina Dean) died at age 97 in England.  She was only two months old when she was here.

The hotel is now called a "micro hotel."  For me, the room is absolutely awesome!  Though the room is tiny, it has loads of great amenities!  The bed is very comfortable, which has drawer space underneath.  One of the drawers also has a safe.  The room has a flat screen TV, air conditioner, fan, good lighting, a window, wireless internet, telephone, and a robe and slippers to walk down to the very clean bathroom.  The room has fantastic oak woodwork, and vintage-looking new carpet.

The New York Times once described the 5-block-long Jane Street as having more published authors of books per block than any other place in the city, leading some to call the street "authors' row."  I did not plan it this way, but chose to stay at The Jane because I heard about it on NPR (low rates!).  Yet, I am definitely getting more for my money than I expected!

Yesterday and today, I walked and walked and walked!!!  I saw Washington Square, which is the title of one of my favorite old films.  Inside the park there is the famous Washington Arch.  I also decided to walk from one end of Bleeker Street all the way to the other end.  I passed by the old Nucciarone Funeral Home that was featured in the movie Moonstruck.  It must either still be collectively owned between a Nucciarone and other Italian families, or they just post the former owner's name on their windows.  The outside of the building says Perazzo Funeral Home (see photos).

Today, June 1, I walked all over Manhattan for several hours.  I saw a house where Mark Twain once lived, and I saw the Cooper Union where my grandfather studied architecture in the early 20th century, and graduated from there in 1911.  I also went to Barnes & Noble in Union Square and signed the one copy of my book they had in stock.  Now I wish that I planned a book appearance there!
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