Rain is never fun. Well, almost never fun. But if you’re only in NYC for a short time and trying to see the sights, it can really put a damper on your plans. The problem is it rains a lot this time of year. Personally, when it rains I like to cozy up on a nice chair and read a book. So why not do that if you’re a tourist? Reading a book might be the best way to see at least something worthwhile: the library.
Like most things, New York does its libraries big. Many of the city’s most popular libraries are of the finest architecture in the world. One of the most beautiful buildings in New York, in which you will certainly be able to find a book while you wait for the stormy clouds to pass, can be found just blocks from your favorite sights in Midtown Manhattan: The New York Public Library.
To be fair, there are many NYPL branches throughout all five boroughs. It’s not just one building. But we’re talking about the Main Branch, located on Fifth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Streets. Protected by lions at the front entrance, the stone building stands along among some of New York’s most brilliant skyscrapers.
Inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (named after a benefactor who donated $100 Million dollars to its renovation) you will find books. Lots of books. The New York Public Library System has the second largest collection of items in the United States, behind only the Library of Congress.
The Rose Main Reading Room offers plenty of tables to work on a project or leisurely read some classic literature. The room is surrounded by reference pieces and lit almost entirely by its arching windows and dangling chandeliers. It is one of the most enchanting rooms in all of Manhattan.
If you find yourself caught in the rain next time you’re in New York City, don’t worry. The Empire State Building may be surrounded by fog and Times Square may be filled with puddles, but at least you know that the library will be there for you.