One of the oldest and most beloved buildings in the city is the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Schwarzman Building. Considered by many as an architectural masterpiece, the New York Public Library’s flagship building took 16 years to complete with its official opening taking place in 1911.
The main building resides at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and houses one of the largest literature collections in the country. Today the library serves 18 million patrons annually and is made up of 53 million items making it the second largest public library in the country and the third largest in the world.
The building also features the iconic and breathtaking Rose Main Reading Room. Lined with thousands of reference works, giant windows and grand chandeliers, it’s quite the site to see!
The NYPL is also home to famous works including an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, Claude Debussy’s Les Papillons autographed music manuscript, and Walt Whitman’s A Child’s Reminiscence.
It’s also gained pop culture notoriety appearing in numerous films, including Ghostbusters, Sex and the City, and the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The Library does offer free walking tours for those wishing to get an overview of the Library’s collections. For more information, visit www.nypl.org. This is an attraction you won’t want to miss. Even if you don’t make it inside be sure to appreciate the beautiful architecture while passing by!