by Chris Hale
23 Mar 2006

   The New York Public Library has several branches throughout New York City but the one guarded by the two great stone lions on 42nd street and 5th Ave is worth visiting. The grand entrance alone is worth the trip where you can pose near the famous lions that were renamed “Patience” and “Fortitude” during the 1930’s by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to encourage those qualities during the great economic depression of that time. This New York City landmark first opened on May 24, 1911.   
   Upon entering the library, you enter the main reading room of the research library, which has huge windows that light up the room, in addition to the beautiful chandeliers that hang from the 52 ft high ceilings. It’s a beautiful inviting space in rich details and they even have a guided tour that you can take at 11:00 a.m. or at 2:00 p.m. from Tuesday thru Saturday.
   The New York Public library was also featured in several films from many Hollywood decades. All the way back to the 1933 film 42nd Street, to the classic 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s to the 2002 film Spider-Man this historic landmark is a dominant tourist attraction.
   In addition to this masterpiece of a library, just behind it there stands Bryant Park which is a another great place to visit or have lunch along with the frequent office workers that take their lunch breaks here. Movable chairs are provided by the park for your use. The popular park has many activities throughout the year to enjoy including fashion shows, film screenings, craft fairs, comedy and free music concerts. There’s even a carousel known as “Le Carrousel” for the kids to take a ride on or plan a party at. The carousel is located on the 40th Street side of the park.