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  1. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Photograph: Moira Brazier)
    Photograph: Moira Brazier
  2. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Photograph: Moira Brazier)
    Photograph: Moira Brazier
  3. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Photograph: Moira Brazier)
    Photograph: Moira Brazier
  4. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Photograph: Moira Brazier)
    Photograph: Moira Brazier
  5. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Photograph: Moira Brazier)
    Photograph: Moira Brazier

New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building: A guide to the attraction

A complete guide to the New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building: Find information and current exhibits. Plus: The best things to do nearby.

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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 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.

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Museums and attractions near the New York Public Library, Stephen A Schwarzman Building

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Situated behind the New York Public Library is Bryant Park, a well-cultivated retreat that hosts a dizzying schedule of free entertainment during the summer,...

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

  • 4 out of 5 stars

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Times Square

Times Square

Manhattan’s heart was once a hub for vice, teeming with sex shops and drug dealers. Over time that notorious reputation has eroded, and now the area can feel...

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

  • price 4 of 4

Artistic director Clive Gillinson continues to put his stamp on Carnegie Hall. The stars, both soloists and orchestras, shine most brightly inside this...

The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library & Museum

This Madison Avenue institution began as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan and is his artistic gift to the city. Building on the collection...

Discovery Times Square

Discovery Times Square

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The Discovery Channel is one of the sponsors of this new large-scale exhibition center, which will offer limited-edition runs of exhibits from across the...

Society of Illustrators

Society of Illustrators

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Since it was founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators has promoted the work of artists around the world through events and exhibitions in the former...

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