Friday, April 10, 2015

BEA Tips (Part Two): Things to do in NYC

You've purchased your badge, booked your hotel and finalized your transportation. Now what? It's time to prepare for one amazing bookish week of fun and networking! New York is not just a publishing mecca in the United States. It's a city that offers so much more. Definitely take advantage of what NYC has to offer. 

If you missed part 1 of my BEA series, make sure to check it out.

Tip # 1: See a show

If have a night with no plans, why not see an Broadway or Off-Broadway show? There are plethora of musicals to choose from whether it be Aladdin or Wicked.

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Tip #2: Check out bookstores and the New York public libraries

There are so many bookstores around in New York City. Some of my favorites include the following: Strand Bookstore, Books of Wonder, Barnes & Noble, McNally Jackson Books and the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Make sure you check them out not only for their amazing selection of books but also for their events. During New York Book & Media Week, there are plenty of author events happening all over the city outside of BEA at bookstores and at New York public libraries. Definitely check out the Teen Author Carnival and the Kids Author Carnival. Updates will be made throughout April and May. 

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Tip # 3: Savor some amazing food

The Javits has mediocre food and I am sure you want something tasty for dinner or even for a nice lunch. Definitely check out Hell's Kitchen, Chinatown and Koreatown for some amazing eats. Also, there are some fabulous bakeries and food carts to check out as well. Bakeries are the best for breakfast or for a nice treat. Some of my favorite places to eat at include the following: Amy's Bread, Bouchon Bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar, Luat, il laboratorio del gelato and Kunjip Restaurant.

Korean food from Kunjip Restaurant
Tip #4: Explore and sightsee

Haven't been to NYC before? Want to visit some of the famous landmarks in the area? Check out the MoMA, the MET, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center. Explore the city! Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, stroll around Hudson River Park or Central Park, take in the lights of Times Square or just wing it! 

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Tip # 5: Go shopping

Do you love to shop? There are so many stores in New York to check out whether it be the latest fashion at well known stores to little mom and pop boutiques. 5th Avenue and 34th Street have plenty of stores to check out.


  1. Great list, Nicole. I've been to BEA twice and I haven't done any of these things. I'm so tired after a full day of BEA that I just want to crash at the hotel and order something in to eat. I definitely want to try tip 3 this time around.

    1. I totally agree being tired after BEA. I haven't gone to a show yet but I hope to in the future.

  2. Great list of information. This will be my first time at BEA, but I've been to NYC a million times. I'm definitely going to try tips 1,3, and 4. Really excited to be going.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed the post. I will be having a few more BEA related posts throughout this month and next so definitely stop by again :D.