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New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Midtown East Free

RECOMMENDED: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

The century-old main branch of the NYPL is about as regal a setting for reading—either on your laptop or those old dusty things called books—as you’ll find in the city. Two massive Tennessee-marble lions, dubbed Patience and Fortitude, flank the main portal and have become the institution’s mascots. Once inside, check out the cavernous Rose Main Reading Room, spanning almost 300 feet and outfitted with chandeliers and stunning ceiling murals. Though it’s a classy setting in most instances, it’s also where Bill Murray uttered, “Are you, Alice, menstruating right now?” and “Back off, man, I’m a scientist” in Ghostbusters. Free guided tours (at 11am and 2pm) stop at Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, which offers free internet access. Lectures, author readings and special exhibitions are definitely worth checking out.

Venue name: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Address: Fifth Ave
New York
10036
Cross street: at 42nd St
Venue phone: 917-275-6975
Website: http://nypl.org
Opening hours: Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat 10am–6pm; Tue, Wed 10am–7:30pm; Sun 1–5pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
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