The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I ran across this because it popped up on the NYPL top ten check outs of all time. I never would have picked it up otherwise. 

As a person who grew up in a place where it doesn’t snow, it was foreign to me, a little. I can see how it would be exciting for a child who grew up in a place where it snows, though. 

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NYPL top ten check outs of all time

Top Ten Checkouts

Of this list, I am more than familiar with 7 of them, and have read each of them many times. I started 1984 many times, and just can’t get into it. I love the history of Goodnight Moon at the NYPL. You’ll have to read it in the above linked article.

  1. The Snowy Day: 485,583 checkouts By Ezra Jack Keats
  2. The Cat in the Hat: 469,650 checkouts By Dr. Seuss
  3. 1984: 441,770 checkouts By George Orwell
  4. Where the Wild Things Are: 436,016 checkouts By Maurice Sendak
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird: 422,912 checkouts By Harper Lee
  6. Charlotte’s Web: 337,948 checkouts By E.B. White
  7. Fahrenheit 451: 316,404 checkouts By Ray Bradbury
  8. How to Win Friends and Influence People: 284,524 checkouts By Dale Carnegie
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 231,022 checkouts By J.K. Rowling
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: 189,550 checkouts By Eric Carle

Honorable Mention

  1. Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown

Penn station to Times Square

When we arrived in New York City, it was at Penn station. I couldn’t believe how many tracks went through the station. It was too dark to take photos or video, though.

When we got upstairs, we were right under Madison Square Garden.

We started walking toward Times Square. We bumped into the garment district’s walk of fame.

We finally made it to Times Square.

We took this photo for a friend.Along the walk, there was a couple in front of us. The woman turned to the man and said “we’re at 42nd street” The man said “yea.” She said “42 nd Street!!!” Then she said under her breath, “ya moron.” From that point on, there was a moron on 42nd Street. I wonder what the conversation was about, but the reaction was funny.

Grand Central Terminal

After the library, we grabbed lunch.We took photos of the Chrysler building.then, we walked to Grand Central Terminal.I had no idea that it was so large.

We walked to the Empire State Building which was taller than I anticipated.

We caught Uber and headed to the statue of liberty, passing the Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge on the way.

Bryant Park and the library

The Sales Force building
The statue of William Bryant in Bryant Park.Unfortunately, most of Bryant Park was closed to prepare for the winter festivities.  The carousel was open, though.The carousel at Bryant ParkThe side entrance to the library, and the Chrysler buildingI was disappointed that I didn’t get to see the lions.The architecture in the library was amazingly beautiful.  I can see why people do wedding photos, etc here.  We had the option to do a docent tour, but I didn’t want to spend two hours there.A painting of Truman Capote.  It was the only one done in the early 1970s, so it kinda stood out.I gota NYC library card!Bags in the library gift shop.The outside of the library.

Statue of Liberty

We weren’t supposed to go onto the ferry to see the statue, but we were earlier than expected and decided to try it. We arrived and were approached by a ticket seller who assured us that we were right on time for the last ferry.   Sure we were, but we were in the wrong place. 

We got to the right place, but had to exchange the ticket for the ferry ticket.  We found out that there was no guarantee that we’d make it onto the ferry, unless we went on the 7 pm night tour.  Sold!  Plan C.  This meant that we’d miss the 911 memorial and we would be returning to Pennsylvania late.  We also had two hours to wait.  We checked out the stores and looked into happy hour at the block party that was nearby.

The shoes in here were amazing, but there’s no way I could ever wear them.Of course, we found a bookstore.  After the ferry returned, we walked by and realized there was an upstairs to the store.  I missed it.  Oh well.  Next time.There was an art store.   This particular piece was $1150.  I don’t think I need anything like this, though.  My goal was to get through this without breaking anything.  Goal met!We got in line for the ferry.  The view was amazing.I took several photosThis is my attempt at a panoramic photoThis is actually a museum we didn’t get into.I didn’t forget my ticket! We hadn’t taken any photos together at this point.The ferry went under the bridges.  Brooklyn, Manhattan and I never found out what this is. The views were just beautifulThe World Trade Center nowThe Empire State Building and the Chrysler buildingThe bridge where the NYC Marathon starts.This cracked me up.  The water was rocky, so it bounced us a bit.The beautiful lady libertyA woman on the ferry offered to take our photo.   Her husband got nosy and photo bombed us.  All four of them were awful, but they entertained us and gave us a good laugh.Michelle’s camera takes better photos than mine.  I hope she’ll blog her version of the day, too.

Headed to New York City

Michelle and I headed from Pennsylvania to Trenton, New Jersey to catch the train to Penn station, New York. Three states in one day. Kind of foreign to this Californian. It was very doable.

We got our tickets and got breakfast and headed to the platform to board the train. We would arrive just before noon in New York City.

Round trip from Trenton to Penn station. Here we go!

Of course, I attempted to read, but I was too busy looking at scenery and being lulled to sleep by the train moro motion.

New Brunswick. I meant to look up what it was, but I haven’t yet.

Last stop! Penn station. Get out.

Pulling into Penn station was fascinating, but it was too dark to video it. There are tracks EVERYWHERE. 21 tracks to board trains. I can’t believe how many people go in and out of here daily.

I was amazed by the shops and other things to see in the station. It took us a while to figure out where we needed to exit to get pointed in the right direction. We are both from big cities so we weren’t thrown too much with the noise and crowds. Once we figured out which direction to head, we were good.


We went into New York City for the day. We took the train in. The goal was to walk from there to Times Square to the library and tour it. Then to Grand Central Terminal. We’d see the Chrysler building and the Empire State building and the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the statue of liberty. Then we’d see the 911 memorial and head back. Doable, since we weren’t planning on going inside to see anything that required a line.

We had a loose schedule and no real timeline. We were prepared for plan A. Ready to switch to plan B. At one point, we switched to plan C.

We had had a great time, but I took too many photos again, so I’ll have to break the trip into pieces again, and post out of order.