New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

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New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Upper East Side Free

The century-old main branch of the New York Public Library is about as regal a setting for reading—either on your laptop or those 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 for the most part, this is 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 the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, which offers free Internet access. The lectures, author readings and special exhibitions are definitely worth checking out.

 

Venue name: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Contact:
Address: Fifth Ave at 42nd St
New York
10036
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; 7 to Fifth Ave
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