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Clues! I need clues!

Yesterday I decided to hunt down Murder Ink, the mystery bookstore. I saw it on a map in a guidebook and thought that it was on 92nd Street, a couple of blocks west of Amsterdam. So I headed that way. I did not find it on 92nd or 91st, and I looked from Amsterdam down to Riverside Drive.
I don't know what I thought I would do if I did find it. I figured if they let Floyd in I might find some good mysteries and buy them. If they didn't let Floyd in at least I'd know that. Either way I wanted to see it.

Today I thought it would be cool to try again, after I checked that guidebook again. The dot indicating Murder Ink was actually on Broadway. It was easy to see how I got it wrong, given the scale of the map. I confirmed its location by looking at the address. It's on Broadway between 92nd and 93rd, the book showed.

However, I also wanted to give the boy some off-leash time. He has done well on the long walks but I thought he'd like to get into a dog run and have some looseness, some chance to play with other doggies. So I decided to head for a dog run on the northerly side of Riverside Park. There are actually three dog runs in the park. The one I wanted is the middle one, and it's at about 86th Street.

We zigged down to Riverside Park and entered at a path that heads down into it. A dirt path branched off the asphalt, so we took that. It felt nice to be on a dirt trail, however short. More like a hike. It wasn't long before we came upon the dog run. When we entered, there were three people each with several dogs, but the dogs were all on leashes. It looked like they were getting ready to leave. Fortunately.



I waited until they had all left the run before I let Floyd off leash. At that time there were only two dogs in there, both friendly from what I saw. There was one man sitting on a bench near the one I chose. As soon as I let Floyd loose he started in barking at the man. We joked about it a bit, how tough he thought he was, and the man grinned, was friendly about it. I let that go on a bit, then called Floyd up to the bench where I just had him hang out with me a while. When someone new entered the run with a new dog I let him down again and he sniffed the other one out. Then turned to the man and started barking again. Why I didn't think to bring a dog toy I do not know. That might have helped. I called him up again, we hung out a bit more, I let him down again, he barked again, so I hooked him up and left the park.

We continued heading north because I still wanted Murder Ink. I left the park at 95th Street, just after passing this woman and baby.



The baby had starting crying that tiny baby cry and the woman stopped several times to try to soothe it, then picked it up. That didn't seem to be doing the trick either.

This woman was one of perhaps hundreds in the park that day, with baby carriages. Most of them nannies. Back out on the street I caught a few more.





I suspect that the upper west side has more nannies than other parts of Manhattan. There are loads of stores just for children, even salons for children, the children's museum is in the neighborhood, overall there are many children here. And there are many homes for people who are well-off, who can afford nannies.

Back on Broadway, working my way back from 95th, I found Murder Ink.



Closed.

At least I know where it is.

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susandennis
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ok, if you could have been in my head as I read this, you would have chuckled. When I first got into it, I thought... I thought Murder Ink closed a couple of years ago... hmmmm Wonder if the West Side is still as upper as it used to be - wonder if that's why all the nannies...

Seriously, you might think it's only you and Floyd on these walks but I'm telling you. I am right there with you both!! Want me to take the leash for a while?
judith
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
That would be great! He's a very good doggie, no trouble at all.

I didn't go to the door to see if the place is closed for good. You may be right about that. *sob*
judith
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the part of the upper west side where I tend to wander is known as the "lower upper west side"...very catchy. The truly upper upper west side is a bit classier. Still, the lower part is a decent neighborhood.
susandennis
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2006/12/closing-book-on-murder-ink.html December of 2006 RIP. Very sad. I believe that great mystery book shop in San Francisco closed about the same time.

When I was in college my folks lived on the East Side. I was greatly embarrassed by the show of wealth so I told everyone I lived 'near the river mid town' I thought that sounded seedier.

I don't remember the lower upper West Side but I have a bead on where it is.
judith
Sep. 5th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
That is sad. Especially considering I could have gotten in there on one of my previous visits. Sigh.

This part of town is also known as "the brunch district". Don't know if that will tell you anything. Lots and lots of brunch places and sidewalk seating. I think there are about a dozen restaurants on this one block of Amsterdam alone.

I believe the upper east side has the upper west beat on wealth, but don't hold me to that.

I now need another adventure. I only have one more full day here. So tomorrow I will go to Candle 79, the newest creation by the Candle Cafe owner. It's on the other side of Central Park, not that far, and it's cheaper, I hear, than the Candle Cafe. I know, it's just a restaurant, but sometimes that's what we want.
judith
Sep. 5th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
By the way, it occurs to me that you'd probably enjoy being part of the Million Little Pictures part 3 project. Read about it and see pix from part 2 here:

http://pictures.amillionlittlepictures.com/

I joined no. 2 and my pix are on the third page of photos - 181:270 - nos. 5 - 25. We got the cameras rather late and were rushed, so I didn't do all that well. The theme was "family".
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