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The New York Public Library

New York’s Public Library’s main building, a Beaux Arts landmark known as the Schwarzman Building, is one of the biggest research institutions in the world. But you might know it better as a film location from Ghostbusters, Spider-Man or the first Sex and the City movie. It was the largest marble building in America when it opened in 1911 and is still a seriously grand place to study, with two carved lions (known as Patience and Fortitude) that guard its entrance, bronze front doors, sweeping staircases, chandeliers and painted ceiling frescoes. The huge Rose Reading Room is almost two blocks longs long and 15 metres high. You can access over six million books and there’s room for over 600 people to study at its long oak tables and carved chairs, lit with brass lamps and beneath a ceiling painted with clouds.

The New York Public Library
Library foyer
Rose Reading Room
Library staircases
Painted ceilings

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    Ship's Cook
    December 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Stunning photography!

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    marinachetner
    December 20, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Beautiful photos and post!! I I was just in there last week with my camera in hand too 😉 All the while I was thinking – wow, without my laptop, TV and mobile phone, I could get a whole load of work done here. I may just do that 🙂

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    travelwithlaughter
    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Great photos! I travel to NYC often and have never been there. I will need to add to my list.

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    Karen Johnson
    December 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

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    f-stop mama
    December 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

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    dojo
    December 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Amazing pics. I should have gone there too and take some pictures. Never thought it’s such a nice place. Was interested in other attractions and ignored this ‘gem’.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      December 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, I’d been to New York a few times but never knew about it til now, there’s always more to see there!

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    AnaLuciaSilva
    January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Stunning! Thanks for sharing =)

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, it’s quite a hidden gem, and definitely worth popping in if you’re in New York.

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    Gerard
    January 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I love your post. Your pictures are great. It must have been a challenge to take them. That library is a very impressive place.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      January 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Gerard, I could’ve done with my tripod but there was enough light just about to be able to hold the camera still enough – and not disturb the people studying too much!

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