is my attempt to come up with a more interesting title for this post. Seems to sum up my all to breif trip to New York City last month.

Empire State Building from 30 Rockefeller Plaza

The whole thing was originally cancelled due to the Eyjafjoell(Glad I’m writing that rather than speaking it) volcano ‘event’ but I happened to re book on the first flight to actually leave Birmingham when the flights started leaving a week to the day I was originally actually suposed to leave on.

The above photo is from the ‘Top of the Rock’ which, while giving truely fantastical views was a slightly underwhelming experience and certainly over priced.

To continue with the title theme after a long mornings walk and a well deserved Mary Ann’s Punch I managed to stumble upon the relocated Mysterious Bookshop. Luckily they had just taken delivery of their limited run of what is being talked of as the final novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake.

Was nice to be able to buy a copy there and also pick up an anthology from Lawerence Block that I’d not seen before. I just read today that there may be a few more unpublished Westlake novels in the ether, which is good news (in fact the three books co written with Mr Block are due for publication later this year, the admirably titled Hellcats and Honeygirls).


I also made it to Brooklyn for the first time. It seems that now the majoritly of the more interesting(to me) musical events and several of the cities venues have now moved across the river.

TTV photo of the Brooklyn Bridge

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