shopping 10.12.11

21 Under $21
Walking Off the Big Apple

Stuff we like, under $21, from local sellers and further afield.

Beard Socks

Magnetic Kitchen Timer

C.O. Bigelow Shave Cream
$10 (5.2 oz)

Secret Formula Lab Kit

Olive Oil Can

Beekman 1802 Book Bar

Johnny Heads
From $14

Mini Lunchbox

Gilfeather Heirloom Turnips
$12.95 (3 lbs.)

Watercolor Postcards Kit

Control Panel Zipper Pouch

Bubble Wrap Calendar

Bobble Toothbrush Holder

KeepCup Reusable Cup

Charley Harper School of Fish Salt & Pepper Pair

Cacti Candles

Morgan's Pomade

3N1 Desktop Accessory

City Stencil Set

Take Out Trash Can

Japanese Brass Bike Bell

Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.

How to Check Out eBooks at the New York Public Library, and A Suggested New York List

Surely most of us have experienced at one point in our lives the dreaded realization that we've failed to return our library books on time, and we've racked up fees. A friend of mine in graduate school was so chronically late in returning her books that at one point, after accumulating hundreds of dollars in fines, the school's library staff called her in for a little counseling. One of the chief advantages of checking out eBooks from the New York Public Library, the new high tech means of borrowing, is that no late fees will accrue. The borrowed items will simply vanish from the patron's e-reading device at the end of the loan period, magically returned to the library e-shelves.

Amazon's Kindle has recently joined other e-readers in making library e-books available, including the thousands of e-books and audio books from the eNYPL. A simple search for New York-related titles turns up travel books of the conventional and unconventional variety, classic literature such as Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, biographies, books on the Yankees (Charley Rosen's Bullpen Diaries), contemporary cookbooks (Union Square Cafe and Alice's Tea Cup), and much more. The library makes audio books available, too, often providing samples. Check out an abridged audio version of Pete Hamill's Downtown: My Manhattan to listen to the Brooklyn native give voice to his memories of working "on the long, skinny island called Manhattan" or hear an unabridged version of Adam Gopnik's Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York.



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