Wishing-Table Brooklyn Style

Lovely readers,

Yesterday should have been my turn posting a picture. As one of you reminded me (hello miss detective Änn) I unfortunately forgot. However I didn’t forget to take a picture and actually this one let my heart jump! See why:

Yesterday I moved to a new apartment. Even if there are only pros compared to the old one (No carpet! Cheaper rent! Working radiators!) my windows are now facing the wall of the other side of the back yard instead of providing a view of the Manhattan skyline. But! My childhood dream came true: there is a rope from my window to the kitchen window for drying cloths and sending secret messages! How cool is that? I could even pull a little basket with my breakfast from the kitchen to my room! It’s like a wishing-table Brooklyn style!




The Tree Arrived

On my way to work I pass Rockefeller Center. For some weeks now the ice rink is up and seeing the dancers, tourists, and kids on the ice brightens up every morning. That’s why I initially wanted to show you a photo of the ice rink when I discovered this morning that the Christmas tree has arrived! Workers were already decorating the tree with colored lights and it just looked too funny to see the tree hidden by all the framework. It was like a wrapped present, but see it yourself: The 2013 Rockefeller Center Tree!


Fishtail Beach Hair


Summer is finally here in the States AND Germany! So what could be better than hanging out at the beach (either at the Atlantic Ocean or lake Starnberg)?

A fishtail braid is super fun for those days. Your hair doesn’t swirl around because of the wind and you can pretend to be the Little Mermaid (ok, I admit too much princess stuff going on at the moment – but hey I am in Disneyland!).

For a perfect beach day I recommend visiting Rockaway Beach for an early Yoga session and tacos!Rockaway1Rockaway2Rockaway3Rockaway Taco

Image 1 taken by my NY friend Franzi.

Braided Top Bun For Lovely Ladies

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Sometimes long hair can be a real burden: It’s either too hot to leave it loose as Franziska mentioned, or your hair is such a mess, no blow-dryer or bobby pin can help. For those days, I find this hair tutorial extremely helpful!

Your hair looks very well put together, you can wear it at almost any occasion (straight for a day in the office, messy for a lazy Sunday), it’s easy and fast to do, and the best part is you feel a little bit princess-like! For special events you can also pimp it with hairbands (I LOVE these ones here) or floral hair wreaths!

PS: Wouldn’t it be fun to braid this lovely lady by Alberto Giacometti at MoMA sculpture garden a top bun?

A Bookstore Walk

Hi Fran and good old fan club (aka Piglet & Änn)!

I’m back. I’m so sorry there haven’t been any new posts for ages. Wait, July 2?! OMG. Time to change something and go back to work! So we’re still in a library/bookstore mood. But since it’s summer and everyone is on the street, I wanted to invite you to a walk through Soho, Noho and a bit of the West Village.

Unfortunately I missed to take a picture of my favorite bookstore McNally Jackson Books, but that’s a good excuse to go there yourself right?!

Let’s start:

book-walk(click on the map to enlarge it!)



housingworksbookstoreHousingworks Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

Sounds familiar, hmm?!



Mercer StreetMercer Street Books & Records
206 Mercer Street

Oh yes, you know this one too!




DSCF6896Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
716 Broadway



NYU BookstoreNew York University Bookstore
726 Broadway, NYC

Lots of academic books and NYU fan stuff, which makes you look smart (or like buying a scientific appearance).



Strand 1

Strand 2Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway NYC

New and used books. Great place to get lost for hours.



Three Lives and CompanyThree Lives and Company
154 W 10th St

So picturesque!



McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NYC

No picture – sorry! As I said: My favorite bookstore in Manhattan so far! Lots of books about the arts, foreign magazines, very nice cafe (of course! What did you think?!).


All over the city, and also within this neighbourhood: The little free libraries! See if you can find them!
And at any time in between: Get some rest at Washington Square Park!


This is my final blog post about bookstores in NYC. I’ll now grab my book and head to a cool place. Enjoy summer guys! 🙂



An Open Reading Room

The New York Public Library’s prestigious main building is located on Fifth Avenue. Two lions guard majestically the main entrance. Nevertheless also those powerful animals are sometimes teased by a pigeon sitting on their heads..




Over the summer a little library offers various books and newspapers to enjoy for free in the “backyard” of the NYPL, Bryant Park. And imagine, this space exists since 1935! It opened as a reaction to the Great depression to give jobless people an  opportunity to meet, read and discuss over the summer.



While covered under the park’s trees (and the even bigger skyscrapers), you can also watch some Midtown business women and men trying to find their inner peace.

Yoga at Bryant Park

If you’re around Bryant Park, try to join the readers and yogis! It’s so much fun!

PS: You’re also just around the corner of the bookstore Kinokuniya.

Housingworks Bookstore Cafe


One of our beloved readers commented on Franziska’s introduction to our new challenge to check out Oxfam’s shops of donated books which are located in several European cities (see here for stores in Germany).

NYC also has a bookshop of a similar concept: Housingworks Bookstore Cafe.

Their mission is to support AIDS affected as well as homeless people by selling donated novels, scientific books, and much more. They also invite their costumers to pick up some of the books, order a coffee and just chill on their inner balcony or at their wooden tables.

The atmosphere is great and if you stay until the evening you are going to be able to listen to some of the readings, talks, and discussions, which Housingworks is offering.

Either if you donate a read book, buy a new one or just sip on your coffee and have some cake: you will enjoy this lovely place!

Housingworks Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Hours: Mon–Fri 10AM–9PM, Sat–Sun 10AM–5PM


Brooklyn Reads!

Today I want to share a little personal story with you.

When I graduated from university last summer my sister gave me Paul Auster’s novel Sunset Park. After I arrived in NY last September I read it and loved it instantly. It’s the story of four young people living in an abandoned  house across from Green-Wood Cemetery, a cemetery in the area of Sunset Park/Brooklyn.

After being home in Germany for some months, I moved back to New York and found a place to live in exactly this neighborhood, Sunset Park. Even if I’ve been to the beautiful cemetery before, I never thought of moving here on purpose. It was a total coincidence.

Last fall I heard about the Community Bookstore, also located in Brooklyn, being a recommended bookstore by Paul Auster. I went there and was totally in love! The store itself is not very big: It’s a long narrow room, filled with only great books. There is also a cat and a red piano. It is a wonderful place.

This weekend I revisited the bookstore for our blog project:

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And of course there was one book I had to buy:


Community Bookstore
143 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11215
Hours: Mon-Sat 9AM – 9PM, Sun 9AM – 8PM

Little Free Libraries

Some days ago Franziska sent me this crazy link:


I totally freaked out and it got even better when I discovered that there are actually more awesome Little Free Libraries all around NYC!
People are invited to bring their read books and exchange them for new ones. With the help of this plan, I discovered two of altogether ten libraries:
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                     Free Little Library 3
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Can you see the little solar panel of the top of the second bowl? It turns out to be the book’s spotlight! How wild is that?
You find the first little library on the corner of Eldridge and Rivington Street. The second one is just around NYU.
As you can probably tell, I’m still totally amazed by those little libraries. And there are many more to discover!
Thank you so much Franziska for opening my eyes! You are my little “Spürnase” aka “good nose”!


To our readers in Munich: there is a similar concept in front of the Academy of Fine Arts! I’m not sure if it still exists, but last year there was a little yellow suitcase filled with books lying on a bench. If you’re around Schwabing try to find it!