A writer / adventurer who loves an awesome weekend.
Published October 30th 2013
Libraries are great, but they don't usually make it on to travel itineraries. Here are 5 reasons why the New York Public Library – located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street - should be included on your 'to visit' list, and not just for a photo opportunity with those lions!
1. Free Wifi. That's right, not 'free' with purchase, just free – and no password required. A nice, quiet place to catch up on emails or research the next stage of your trip.
2. Clean restrooms. OK, this isn't a guarantee but they are cleaned regularly. Let's face it, finding a clean bathroom when you are out and about is always welcome. Plus, you might see a theme here, you don't need to buy something just to use a bathroom.
3. OK, this is number one in my book. The New York Public Library is custodian to the original Winnie the Pooh toys, including Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger. Pooh dates from 1921, so expect some age. Lovers of children's literature and classics such as The House at Pooh Corner will love this exhibit housed in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Entry fee? Keep that wallet in your pocket!
4. Take a free tour of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. You'll learn the history, find out about the architecture and what is housed in this amazing place. Hour-long tours take place at 11am and 2pm, Monday-Saturday.
5. Enjoy the serenity. New York City is a fast-paced place where you may find yourself on the go from that first breakfast bagel until the late night standing ovation on Broadway. Take some time out at the quiet library to recharge and take the city in from a different angle. Read a novel, write in your journal or just people watch- it is free time that won't cost you a dime!