Monday, December 14, 2009

Stacking Up

Going to the library in New York can be...complicated. By the time you're out of work, the library's closed. By the time you wake up on the weekend, closed again.

But yesterday was the perfect combination of soggy and wet with inquisitive guests in town that paved the way for a visit.

The New York Public Library on 42nd Street is no small feat to tackle. The massive stone interior is daunting, and frankly, the breathtaking ceiling paintings and attention to detail distract from the purpose libraries are intended to serve.

But who says you need to study at the library?

The NYPL offers free hourly tours that will give visitors the history  behind the imposing structure. Top that off with a glimpse of its beautiful holiday decorations and it's all very old-school Vanderbilt mansion. (Think Newport, RI).

Oh yeah, and its eight floors of stacks aren't too shabby either.

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