Andrea F

Day 3: The New York Public Library

In NYC, NYC for free, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on June 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm


Though perfect for rainy days, but certainly not reserved for them, the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is an NYC must. Whether a visitor, here for only a short trip, or a local looking for something new, surely this library will take your breath away like no other perhaps in the world. The grand steps at the entrance, guarded by the pair of mascot marble lions lead to an only more extraordinary interior with great staircases, palatial ceilings, historical exhibitions and a main Rose Reading Room that nears the size of a football field. Most impressive is the collection containing more than 15 million pieces, including Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Declaration of Independence, genealogical records and resources on subjects ranging from baseball to maps to Slavic and Baltic Studies. Overwhelming is an understatement. Out of the this world, more like it. Bottom line, a visit here is not just any old day at the library.


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