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Established in 1895, the New York Public Library is one of the most important libraries in the United States. It has numerous locations around New York, but its main edifice is on Fifth Ave and 42nd St. It was built in the early 20th century, and inaugurated in 1911, in a Beaux-Arts style with classical inspirations designed by the architecture firm, Carrère & Hastings. At the time of its completion the New York Library was the largest marble building in the United States. Two large lion sculptures by the sculptor Edward Clark Potter flank the main entrance, nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude". The halls of the library are amazingly decorated with marble, carved wood and ceiling frescoes. Occasional interesting exhibitions take place within the library, but otherwise, it is worth visiting the interior simply to glance at its beautiful halls. And while you're visiting, do not miss Bryant Park, which is located behind the library building. With its giant plane trees and cafés set against the Beaux-Arts library building, the park is reminiscent of Paris. In summer months, open air concerts and movies are played at the park.

Address: Midtown: Fifth Ave and 42nd St
Directions: Between E 40th St. & E 42nd St.
Phone: (917) 275-6975
Website: http://www.nypl.org

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2009
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