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What To Do In New York, Atlanta, and St. Louis?

Hi all, it’s right on top of us now.  Next week I’ll fly to New York, Atlanta, and St. Louis for the first leg of the book tour.  I know I’ll be busy in NYC, and I already know some of the things I want to see there, but I’d love to have some suggestions about what you think is a Must See.

And I know almost nothing about Atlanta (except for Tom Wolfe and A Man In Full), or St. Louis, short of the arch.

How about it? Any recommends?

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  • Ken Zimmerman Jr. April 22, 2013, 8:08 pm

    For St. Louis, Forest Park has the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum and Missouri History Museum, which are all free to the public. You already mentioned the Arch. Six Flags Over Mid-America is a big amusement park in Eureka, MO about twenty miles outside the city limits.

    As long as you avoid certain neighborhoods after dark, you should be just fine. I can’t remember too many tourist shootings.

  • Gina Becker April 22, 2013, 11:19 pm

    My little heart hurts to hear your jest about St. Louis! Here is a great guide a friend of mine wrote recently on StL in 24 hours:

    And be sure to stop by the Central Library downtown–it was recently written up by the Washington Post:

    Your friendly SLCL librarianette

    • Josh Hanagarne April 23, 2013, 8:01 am

      Thanks Gina, I took that line out.

      I will absolutely head to the library. Will you be there?

      • Gina Becker April 23, 2013, 8:15 am

        I will not! That’s my neighborhood library branch, but I work for the St. Louis County Library system. They are both pretty great and we are lucky to have two. Enjoy your travels! I have your book on request. 🙂

  • Gina Becker April 22, 2013, 11:27 pm

    Also: please remember, St. Charles does NOT equal St. Louis!

  • Ted April 23, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I grew up outside of NYC. The first thing I do is take visitors to the Staten Island ferry. 1) It’s free. 2) You ride out of the southern battery, past Lady Liberty, over to staten island. 3) Just get in line and come back.

    You’ll be treated to a world class cityscape for free.

    Additionally, if you’ve read 1776 you can replay Washington’s defense of Manhattan in your mind. All of the essential landmarks McCullough calls out are visible. Really brings it home!

  • JoLyn Chappell April 24, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Hey Josh,
    I can’t answer your question without first saying how proud we are of you. You go, boy!
    Noni and I just went to Atlanta over MLK holiday and went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. That was a fantastic experience for us. If you’re there on a Sunday, you might want to catch a sermon at his old church, the Ebenezer First Baptist Church. I’ve heard that is good too.
    Good luck!
    We just got your book in the mail a couple of days ago (surprised like getting a Christmas present because I had pre-ordered it a couple of months ago and didn’t know when we would get it). Of course, we started reading that night together out loud. Lots of laughs with just the introduction. What a fun way to spend evenings now, better than Words with Friends and Netflix!
    We’ll be keeping up with you through “Dear Old Mom.” 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne April 25, 2013, 9:29 am

      Hey there, Auntie. I’d probably still choose Netflix over me, but your point is well-taken and appreciated.

  • Deb Schiff April 25, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I echo Ted’s recommendation of the Staten Island Ferry. You catch it at the bottom tip of Manhattan, so if you have extra time, you can visit South Street Seaport.

    As a librarian, you must, must, must visit the Morgan Library and Museum. [29 E 36th St, New York, NY (212) 685-0008 ‎ themorgan.org] It is fantastic. If you phone in advance and let them know who you are, you might just get a tour. Same goes for the NYPL (do the obligatory photo with the lions at the Main branch). [Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street New York, NY 10018-2788 (917) 275-6975 http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman%5D

    I also recommend eating at Angelica Kitchen (excellent vegan fare) and exploring the Lower East Side. (300 E 12th St, New York, NY (212) 228-2909 ‎ angelicakitchen.com)

    If it’s rainy, the MAD (Museum of Art and Design) is an fun choice, and it’s right by Columbus Circle, the southwest corner of Central Park. [2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY (212) 299-7777 ‎ madmuseum.org] So, if you wanted to explore the Park, you could do it from there and walk up along the east side toward the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and one of my favorites, the Frick Collection on E 70th. (I’ll let you look those up.)

    Have a terrific trip!

  • Jim Simpson May 1, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Josh –

    Your reading in Atlanta will be in Decatur (just a few short minutes from downtown ATL) which is a really eclectic little city of its own, and very literary (Decatur Book Fest takes places every year over the Labor Day weekend). Plenty of funky little restaurants, pubs, bookstores. Also close by are some in-town neighborhoods like Virginia Highlands, Little Five Points (Carter Presidential Library is nearby). Emory University campus (excellent Michael C. Carlos museum) is in Druid Hills, as is Callanwolde Arts Center (former estate of Asa Candler), both very close to Decatur. High Museum of Art is in Midtown Atlanta.

    Just some thoughts. See you in Decatur!

  • Angie Rhodes May 4, 2013, 11:09 am

    Hi Josh,

    I’m a librarian at St. Charles City-County Library District, where you’ll be speaking on Saturday, May 11th. I ordered the Kindle version of your book, because we have a waiting list for the library’s print copies! I’ll be one of the “hosts” that night, and I’m very much looking forward to meeting you. I have a 9 year old daughter with high-functioning autism. I’m wondering if we could learn to control some of her impulses through exercise. Looking forward to your talk! My husband is also a librarian and will be attending. A librarian “date night” if you will 🙂


    • Josh Hanagarne May 4, 2013, 12:00 pm

      Angie, do you know Debbie Meyer? I can’t wait to meet you.

      • Angie Rhodes May 4, 2013, 1:02 pm

        The name doesn’t ring a bell, but I’m bad with names sometimes. Is she a librarian?

        If she lives in the area and you have her contact information, we should invite her to see you speak. I don’t see the name on our registration list.

        And please let me know if there’s anything you need for your upcoming visit!