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Jefferson Market Library

Most fairy-tale-inspired surroundings

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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. 425 Sixth Ave at 10th St (212-243-4334, nypl.org).

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