BEA/NYC in Photos

18th June 2012

Ahh, New York. I was still in recover mode last week, thus the smallish number of posts. But today! Today I give you a gratuitous number of photos to share my time in New York, so even though it’s Monday, you can escape for a bit. Wednesday I’ll be back with the books I picked up and will even share! Mark your calendars.

My brother lives in this wondrous land called Long Island City, or the LIC. Don’t tell, but it’s a fantastic secret neighborhood. Ok, not really, but it feels like it. One short stop from the city, and it’s right by the water and has a fantastic park. When I got in Thursday afternoon, the weather was perfect, and we took a tour of the area.

And, of course, had to get a skyline shot.

Friday, my brother, Matt, took off work, and we wandered the city, eating Cuban corn, seeing the dude from the Mayhem commercials, and watching books hang themselves.

Saturday was a picnic in Prospect Park with friends and fruit, tomato-mozzarella sandwiches, prosecco, and rose. Oh, and the Radical Fairies, a group of men in drag. Never a dull moment.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which was free for the day, was our next stop. I’ve wanted to visit for years but have never made it until this trip. Lovely.

The bark on this tree was unlike anything I’d ever seen.

Matt and his beau Christopher relaxing in the softest. grass. ever.

Me and Matt relaxing in the softest. grass. ever. Seriously, I hate grass, but this was almost better than my mattress.

Monday and Book Blog Uncon, which I wrote about last week.

Lori from TNBBC, one half of the reason I had the most fantastic time at BEA. Tara from Book Sexy Review is the other.

Monday evening I went to the IPPY Awards and met Larry Closs, whose fantastic book Beatitude I reviewed here. He won a gold medal in the LGBTQ category, and he and his friend John and I chatted for a good while. It was so nice to meet him!

Amy Shamroe and I. Amy was nice enough to include me in this really cool event, and it was so great to meet her in person.

Tuesday was the official start of BEA, and I met up with Julie from Julz Reads for breakfast before heading to the Javits.

For lunch, the “3 Shades of Jenn” Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves, Me, and Jenn from Literate Housewife (not sure I’ve ever been so thrilled to meet a Twitter person in person!) sat down with some great audiobook narrators, including Xe Sands and Karen White, both of whom I know from Twitter.

This was also shortly before I made a total fool of myself in front of The Novogratzes. (Seriously, I called everyone I knew afterward because I was so darn excited to meet this interior design SUPER duo.) I love their style and saw them from a row over. They weren’t signing, but the publicist dragged me over and introduced me because I was a fan. I was shaking and kept saying ridiculous things, but Cortney and I chatted about the Brooklyn Flea Market, and she gave me tips on a couple other places to check out. It was thrilling.

Ashley, Tara from Book Sexy Review, Amanda from Dead White Guys, Rachel from A Home Between Pages, Lori from TNBBC, Me, and Alix from Romance Books Forum

Wednesday may have been the best day ever. Ok, Wednesday was the best day ever. First of all, I attended the Power Reader breakfast at Random House. Just being in Random House? Amazing. Meeting these ladies? Even more amazing.

Farin from The Redheaded Reader, Jenn from Literate Housewife, Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelves, Swapna from S. Krishna’s Books

I made the rounds, also getting to meet Farin from The Redheaded Reader for the first time.

But this. This right here. How can this not be “best day ever” material? I talked to Nate Berkus, and he was so friendly and kind and handsome. I seriously could barely focus on anything else I was so excited to meet him.

Then I spent the day touring booths. This was at the Chronicle booth where Chris Bonanos had this amazing camera and was taking photos for each copy he signed of his book Instant: The History of the Polaroid.

Wednesday evening I got to meet the fantastic Lydia Hirt of Riverhead Books, who organized a cocktail party for bloggers who were part of a book tour for Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone.

After that, I dashed over to Central Park where my brother (an event planner) was helping to supervise an important soiree. Christopher (on the right) and I made the most of the evening, watching how the 1% live. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday I walked the High Line, which is absolutely beautiful. One of the highlights was seeing the artwork some of the residents have as you walk. This installation actually glows in the dark at night. So cool. Shortly after this I went to the Chelsea Market.

Friday afternoon I walked for ages, trying to get to the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. When I was two blocks away, I see a sign stating it won’t be open until Fall 2013. So I ducked into the National Academy instead. They had an exhibit called “Women’s Work” – it was really interesting, and they also had a collection of Mary Cassatt’s work, which I love.

Then it was time for some Billy’s Bakery. Banana cupcakes. I don’t even like banana, but these are amazing. I told the guy behind the counter that this craving was a year in the making. He wisely got a big box out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lusting after a brownstone in Chelsea.

Me and the bro before I left Saturday morning. A huge thanks to both him and Christopher for letting me crash in their dining room – and for making an air mattress the most insanely comfortable thing I’ve slept on aside from my own bed. Love you both.

  • Great photographs and write up. How useful that your brother lives in the same area! Your time at BEA sounds well spent ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Extremely useful. And they are, thankfully, extremely generous for letting me stay there. It was a great trip.

  • AHHH! You’ve made me want to get back to NYC so badly. These are great pictures!

    • It is a pretty fantastic place. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks!

  • I agree with what Meg says – you make me want to go back to NYC so much! I love this post!

    • I’m so glad! It was fun to write it up. I just had to reign in the number of pics I used. Always the hardest part. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JulzReads

    Excellent post! I am sooo staying for the duration next year. As much fun as I had, I missed out on 2 full days of festivities. Anywho, glad we got to spend time together!

    • Exactly! You were there for about a blink of an eye! ๐Ÿ˜‰ BUT I’m still so glad we got to meet.

  • Jenna T

    Looks like you had an amazing time! What fun getting to me so many wonderful bloggers. Those pictures really make me miss living in Brooklyn!

    • You lived in Brooklyn? I’m so jealous. I love it there so much. The outer burroughs are just the best of both worlds.

  • Xe Sands

    Was so good to finally meet you! Loved that “Three Jens” moment!

    • Same here! That’s one of my favorite parts of BEA – being able to make these connections.

  • Amy

    It was great meeting you in person as well! Such an honor to make the ‘highlight reel’ from NYC!!

    BTW, I am so jealous you got to meet Dean Winters, the Mayhem Guy, or, as I like to think of him, Dennis Duffy from 30Rock! (Love that show!)

    • Heck yeah, you did! It was an awesome night.

      Oh, and I didn’t meet Mr. Mayhem. I just walked right past him. I wanted to run back, jump in front of him, and yell “Mayhem!” But I have too much dignity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Amy

        Dignity can be so overrated… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ti

    What awesome pics!! Can’t believe you got to meet Nate! Love him!

    • Thank. You. It was so exciting!

  • heidenkind

    Great pictures! It looks like your recovery week was well-earned. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yep. I’m getting old. Recovery is essential!

  • What a great recap of an exciting week! It was so wonderful to meet you and geek out over Bess. Next year, we will have to gush about Oliver Potzsch.

    • Definitely! I’ve made myself wait to start it, partially just because I know I’ll regret it if I read it too quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I wish I could’ve been a fourth shade of Jen.
    Next year!?!?

  • Violet

    I’m glad you had a lovely time. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to visit NYC, but I’d probably only last 5 minutes because I’d have sensory overload from all the people and whatnot, but the idea of it is nice.

    • I actually hated NY the first time I went, but I was with a friend who insisted on going to places I wasn’t interested in, and I was much younger and less assertive.

      I’ve been six times now, and I love it more each time because I steer clear of the crazy crowded places. I love love being there. It’s just a really charismatic place.

  • Lovely photos! I miss living in NY (well, Yonkers, but I was always taking the train down to the city). Glad you had a great time!

    • I guess I didn’t realize you lived there. I bet you do miss it.