New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library

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Ensconced inside a Victorian Gothic city landmark (a former courthouse), the children’s library exudes a Harry Potter–esque feel, thanks to arched stained-glass windows, ornate carved-wood doorways and several original, mural-size artworks—most done by former librarians. Mini goths can even climb the old-school, spiral staircase, inside the tower, to the adult library on the second floor. Kids also flock to the branch’s storytimes and craft sessions, plus a slew of festivals, such as October’s pumpkin-painting extravaganza, held in the library’s public garden.

Venue name: New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Library
Address: 425 Sixth Ave
New York

Cross street: between Christopher and W 10th Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Wed 10am–8pm; Tue, Thu 11am–6pm; Fri, Sat 10am–5pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; F, M to 14th St; L to Sixth Ave
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