Wednesday, January 20, 2010

a is for apple, as in the big apple

left bank books, how cool is this place?
it is no secret to previous visitors of this blog how much I love manhattan. this last monday I found myself spontaneously visiting some of my old haunts in the west village. I was amazed at the flood of memories I experienced - seeing places I haven't been too in years. while I remember many a book store throughout lower manhattan I can't say for sure if I've ever been to left bank books. and oh my, what a pleasant surprise this place proved to be! there was a sign on the door that said something to the effect of, "we're a mess, knock if you'd like to come in" only, we didn't read it until we were half way through the door, but thankfully the proprietor welcomed us anyway. there was such a good vibe in this tiny little store and what did we see before us upon entering, but a book my son and I both immediately knew was meant for us to buy. to make matters even more astounding, it was 70 percent off! 
you can barely see the top of his cap but there was a cute looking gentlemen hiding behind the stack of books on your right. he said it was ok for me to photograph the shop as long as I didn't photograph him, warning us he was a fugitive of the law.
I love ny.
today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is A. please go here to join in the fun.
this photo below courtesy ian, thanks ian!

24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I haven't been to nyc in years, but I loved it! Wish I could visit again! Hope the rest of your week is great!

Sylvia

VP said...

Beautiful images of an aptly named shop. Sorry I missed this treasure: to find something in this kind of shop is always more rewarding that catching it at its place on a shelf...

RuneE said...

Books are my favourite "thing" - I'll have to look up this when I get there.

Babzy said...

I love books shop , this one looks amazingly welcoming ! The owner is well hided;)
Make me think of this funny english serie " black book" Do you know it ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiHjzGKc8tA&NR=1

Bibi said...

Just the kind of bookstore I love to browse through. I'd be right there with you.

Clara said...

What a cool looking bookstore! I've never been to the Big Apple. I've been around it, but never stopped in. Maybe someday....

Marlene said...

Never been to New York - looks like a great place t visit and that book store looks like it should be in a movie.

BLOGitse said...

I'd love to visit a bookshop like that! Looks so comfy!

Virginia said...

What a great place! Glad you didn't blow the fugitive's cover!
V

black eyed susans kitchen said...

I could live in book stores. I used to go to a record shop in the village to find the old and obscure...haven't been there in years. Now you have given me a new reason to come into the city.
Susan

Roger Owen Green said...

I loved hanging out in Greenwich Village (mot that far away) back in the summer of 1977, even though I was mildly paranoid about Son of Sam.

I'm now part of the ABC Wednesday Team; thank you for participating!

Alexa said...

Haven't been in here in years. Thanks for these great shots, Lily (and Ian). So what was the book you got?

Janie said...

The bookstore looks like a great place to browse. I wouldn't get out of there without buying a stack to take home!

photowannabe said...

I love NYC. Its a fascinating place. I actually posted The Big Apple too.
The bookstore looks like a fabulous place to browse.

Daryl said...

What a wonderful place ... Ian's shot is perfectly composed!

missb@dragonflyvintage said...

oh wow, that bookshop looks AMAZING! and such interesting photographs...

Martha Z said...

I love this. When I was quite young my best friend lived in a big red barn that was also a book store. We would play bind-man's-bluff among the stacks. Memories.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Nice photos Lily!I hope they aren't closing! The village is losing such wonderful old shops like this to modernization.

Paz said...

Very cool photos. I love the Big Apple, too. ;-)

Paz (who loves book shops, too!)

Tumblewords: said...

The prize apple in the big apple - wonderful A - looks like the perfect bookshop.

LisaF said...

I love bookstores too! Thanks for wandering over to my post for ABC Wednesday.

Hilda said...

Oh my! What a treasure chest!

chrome3d said...

I would spent hours there just searching for that perfect book. If only there was time.

Jay said...

Next time I'm in the Big Apple, I am definitely going to search out Left Bank Books!

I promise I won't photograph the proprietor either!