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Millions of books are stacked beneath this building, some under Bryant Park, many floors below ground(5) But we see only the palatial spaces. Despite the rich materials, the library feels warm and cozy, especially on a day like today. Marble halls, carvings, candelabra and exquisite moldings. The Rose Reading Room (3,4) is thought to be the most beautiful in the country, with incredible ceiling frescoes, brass chandeliers, and rows of tables lined with readers and brass lamps. The room runs two blocks in length and rivals any of the grand spaces in Europe. Know of a kid (or an adult!) who is not easily awed? This building never fails to impress.
The New York Public Library is not your mother's library. For starters, it's not a lending library. Everything is here for you to see, touch, discover. But it stays here at the end of the day, a reminder we are privileged to touch these rare treasures. This is amongst the greatest collections of books, manuscripts, maps, photos, and records anywhere. The sheer scope of opens one's eyes to the wonders of learning, and lore. There's even a short film in the new wing (My daughter loved it so much, she insisted on heading to the Genealogy Room to research her ancestors!). And surely, everyone is amused by the little red carts that carry requested books on a conveyor belt, up from the recesses of the earth (6). Incredibly, it's all FREE.
We want our kids to read. Reading=Knowledge. Knowledge=Power. The NYPL is a great way to inspire them to literacy and culture.
Designed by Carrere & Hastings, the library took 12 years to construct. It was built of Vermont marble on the base of what was once the 1840's reservoir. A glimpse of that old foundation can be found in the South Court.
I pass this library many times a week. I live and work close by. Do I stop in often? No. Like anything that is easily accessible, I can go any time. So while the tourist flock this way, I don't come here enough. But in the Fall, with our Sukkah steps away, I make sure to visit. Today, as I saw my daughter's eyes light up in wonderment, I realize that we really ought to come by more. And I hope you will, too. 👉SWIPE and see Stories 👆for more