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More Adventures in NYC

- Elise

After my brother Vincent and I visited the Highline, we were hungry for lunch. We went to a local favorite, Mamoun’s Falafel in Greenwich Village (119 MacDougal Street). The two of us ordered our falafels with hummus, along with some lentil soup.

We carried our food to the nearby Washington Square Park. The falafels were delicious. I would suggest Mamoun’s to anyone who wants a true New York experience and who isn’t afraid to try new things. We sat on a bench near the fountain and people watched, while enjoying the laid back atmosphere.

That’s when the first raindrops began to fall. We looked up at the foreboding clouds. We knew that we had to find some shelter from the rain. So we walked to the famous Strand Bookstore on East 12th and Broadway. I had never been there before, but let me tell you, it is a reader’s paradise. Home to an extensive collection of used, new, rare, and out of print books, the Strand is famous for it’s “18 miles of books.” There were two jam-packed levels of every book you can imagine. My brother told me that he would buy me any book that I wanted, which turned out to be quite a challenge. There were just so many to choose from! I finally settled on “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez as per my brother’s suggestion. A plus is that most of the books at the Strand are sold for lower than the list prices.

After we finished at the Strand, it was still raining. So we had to think of something to do indoors. Armed with our MetroCard all day fun pass (if you’re going to be using the subway in New York more than four times, it is worth the price), we took the subway to the New York Library. We got there, but unfortunately it was closed. We ducked into a Japanese cafe and dried off with a cup of green tea.

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