New York Public Library

Main Entrance to the New York Public Library

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On Thursday, I decided to spend my lunch over at the New York Public Library located on 5th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street.  Most pictures of the library feature the two marble lions that flank the main entrance but the real beauty of the library is inside. The picture of the main entrance above shows the beautiful Christmas Tree and candles celebrating the holiday season.  I photographed this from staircase to the second floor.

This photograph is of the staircase leading to the third floor and the McGraw Rotunda.  This is the staircase that Cary Bradshaw in the movie,  “Sex and the City”, took  to her wedding reception.

Staircase to the McGraw Rotunda

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This is the ceiling in the McGraw Rotunda.

McGraw Rotunda Ceiling

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On the third floor is the largest main reading room, known as the Rose Reading Room.  It is almost the size of a football field and is one of the largest rooms in the nation without a dome, interior columns or steel reinforced walls.

Rose Reading Room

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This is one of the ceiling murals in the Rose Reading Room.  The murals were painted in 1998 and are based on the original murals that were present when the building opened to the public in 1911.

Rose Room Mural

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A look down one of the  stacks in the Rose Reading Room.

Looking Down the Stacks

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This is the librarian desk located just outside the Rose Reading Room.  The woodwork is gorgeous.

Librarian Desk

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A chandelier over the staircase that leads to the third floor.

One of the chandeliers hanging over the library staircase.

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This is one of several staircases that descend down from the third floor.  I love the arches and lighting.

Two Floors Down

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I was looking down the staircase when this woman with a beautiful headscarf passed by.  I just loved the way she looked among the arches.

Through the Arch

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On the bottom floor is a line of old wooden phone booths.

The Phone Booths

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I decided to leave the library through the side entrance on 42nd street.  I never stopped to look at the doors before but this time I did.  The detail is incredible and i just love the books in the upper corner and the snake entering in one side of a flower and coming out the other side.  Pretty cool!

Library Door

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8 thoughts on “New York Public Library

    • Thank you Marina! Let me know when you post your pictures. I belong to a couple of meetup groups and I love seeing how each person captures the same location. I’m always inspired by other peoples work and experiencing the world through their eyes.

      • absolutely – I follow you, so hopefully I’ll remember to ping you to let you know. Keep in mind that I only received my DSLR a few weeks ago so am just a learner :)

  1. Again, excellent. This is a wonderful collection of photos of the NYPL because you captured so many different aspects of the Library. The main entrance took my breath away. I love your photos of arches, especially in passages like the one called Two Floors Down. Excellent capture in Through the Arches. One more gush…thanks for posting the ceilings.

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