Libraries in New York City

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Libraries in New York City

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  • Victoria T
    25 contributions
    Just walking around, and looking up at the ceilings are a delight! Always have different exhibitions along with the regular rooms. Also has a nice coffee shop too.
    Written 18 August 2022
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  • Jonathan Chan
    La Jolla, California, USA254 contributions
    I came by here to see a special exhibit of Stephen Sondheim's letters and work - it was well worth the trek to visit!
    Written 8 April 2022
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  • Tina B
    London, UK93 contributions
    Always arrived at wrong time for any of the tours. However, the Library is welcoming and you can wander around quite a bit. Obviously the tour areas you cannot get access. Having seen a tour guide start her tour and still in the same place 15minutes later, put me off. One day I will get into the other areas. It is a pleasure just to walk around it. Also do admire the Lions at the entrance. The staff in the bookshop had no history about them but you can find lots of info in the small booklet 'The New York Public Library'.
    Written 14 June 2022
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  • Agua To Face It
    Sacramento, CA1 contribution
    THE WEB CUT OFF MY CHOICE TO SAY MORE...so adding on top of review.
    SIs Bro Gender sibling of non conformity!
    HERE IS WHERE WE GO. !!!!! Why? Because my/our human people we will feel the under the exhibitions FANTASTIC RESOURCES of Arturo. WHO WAS Arturo? A Puerto Rican Black man! He resolved to get this history so we can unite. Stop fighting between the oppressed. LEARN more. RESEARCH beneath the exhibits. Make appointments. Delight in the microfiche and all the possibilities to follow YOUR choices about Black s . I DID and feel Paul Robeson, he and other communists of color : Claudia Jones..from Trinidad that the usa exploited and Banned. WE CAN BE INSPIRED!

    For my LIttle 10 year old cousin. He delights in going to the "SHOP". TOYS in blackness. Books for babies. Oh Titi look here he said we can play this.
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • mutguy
    Singapore, Singapore177 contributions
    I had chanced upon this series of bronze plaques which are laid into the pavement along E 41st Street (Park Avenue E 41st Street) leading up to the New York Public Library. Each plaque has a literary quote inscribed.

    The best way to enjoy this is to sloooowwww down. Look down and stop. Read them one by one and if one speaks to you, take a photo.

    If you are walking westwards from the UN headquarters or Chrysler Building or Grand Central Terminal towards Bryant Park or Midtown, I would suggest using E 41st Street for a different experience.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,262 contributions
    Jefferson Market Library is a wonderful and colourful building in the village. It’s an interesting design and under refurbishment.
    Written 6 February 2022
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  • travelingal60
    New York City, NY55 contributions
    I love visiting the Grolier Club and always find their exhibits of interest. Their ground floor gallery is gorgeous following its renovation and the exhibits held there are always interesting, well put together and offer a wealth of information. Their second floor gallery is smaller but likewise offers a wide array of exhibits on varied topics related to books, publishing, printed matter. The Grolier Club is also always free of charge to the public.
    Written 4 January 2021
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  • Bi-coaster
    Bradenton, FL1,229 contributions
    Although you must be a member of this library to check out books, they do host lectures and other events open to the public. It's a lovely grand building and the children's rooms are most welcoming and attractive. If I lived in New York, I'd definitely join!
    Written 3 May 2018
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    The good news for book lovers is that small book stores like this one continue to be in existence and it appears that book lovers really want them to continue.

    Whenever I am in the neighborhood, I stop by and always find something interesting to enrich my life and to help ensure the store remains in business.

    The clerk told me they have a group of customers that do the same thing.

    One new discovery: there is a charming garden in the back, who ch is very comfortable when the weather is good.

    Good stock of religious and New York City books but with a very wide range.
    Written 19 November 2016
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,262 contributions
    The national archives of New York sit in an amazing building at the bottom of Manhattan. It’s an architectural gem and well worth viewing.
    Written 5 February 2022
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  • monsieur-hibou
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands71 contributions
    A great pit-stop for whatever weather. Airy, beautiful views in the library where you can drink and eat within reason (no loud crunching but plenty of coffee sipping and sandwich munching). Pull any volume of poetry published in the past 50 years in the US off the shelves, plus plenty of foreign translated into english poetry.
    Written 11 November 2017
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    I've been learning about NYC in hopes of becoming a Big Apple Greeter, and have used this library a number of times. My trip late last month was typical.

    It has a collection of unique reports, books, periodicals and document about the history of New York City.

    They have six public computers with free WIFI access so I didn't have to carry my portable computer. The staff if very helpful, and they very nicely refreshed my memory of how to use microfilm readers.

    If you have a special interest in NYC, this is a great place to visit.
    Written 20 May 2017
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  • robcurtross
    New York City, NY14,583 contributions
    I stopped by the Webster Branch Library today to deliver a dozen books -- not to the library proper but to the book store in the basement. It is maintained solely by volunteers, and it raised almost a million dollars last year for the library system.

    It is a joy to donate books and music and other media, and there is always something good to purchase at the same time.

    One of the great joys of the Upper East Side.
    Written 18 May 2017
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