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Even if going to a library isn't on your list of "must-see" attractions back home, be sure to make an exception for the awe-inspiring Beaux-Art landmark known as the New York Public Library on Fifth... Read More
Even if going to a library isn't on your list of "must-see" attractions back home, be sure to make an exception for the awe-inspiring Beaux-Art landmark known as the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd St. NYPL's mascots, the lions "Patience" and "Fortitude," were so named because Mayor Fiorello La Guardia felt that these qualities would be much needed during the Great Depression; one of them served as a hiding place for the cowardly lion in The Wiz. This branch of the NYPL holds more than 52 million items from books, periodicals, drafts of Presidential speeches, maps, videos, musical scores, manuscripts and archives. A café was added to the entryway on the first floor. Do take the majestic stairways to duck inside the Rose Main Reading Room on the second floor and peruse the rotating exhibits in the hallways.
- Mon,: Thu-Sat; 10am-6pm
- Tue-Wed: 10am-8pm
- Sun: 1pm-5pm
- Historic Sites: "Designated for quiet study, the Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room are featured on the daily tours of the NYPL at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don't miss them."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The origins of library date back to the time when New York was emerging as one of the world's most great centers of urban culture.