NYC has so much to offer and many times you can enjoy them cost-free. The 42nd Street Public Library has rotating exhibitions as well as opportunity to visit inside a really big library with lots of character. An added bonus is just a few blocks away from Times Square, Rockefeller Center and maybe the Empire Building.
PART ONE – Exhibition
NYC Public Library – Remembering the 60s
By accident, I came across this exhibition on one of my walks. The 42nd Street Public Library is celebrating the 1960s, This exhibition explores the breadth and significance of this era—from communal living and forays into expanded consciousness to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment.
There are many items on display, including Timothy Leary’s notes on acid trips, footage of the Woodstock music festival, and posters used in protest against the Vietnam War.
Ends September 1st, 2018
PART TWO – Its character
The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (formal name) is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books his time, I was more interested in the feel and look of the inside reading rooms. (Click to enlarge)
You can read more about the history of the library here.
hint: Opposite the front steps of the libraRy is east 43rd Street which is callled library row, it may be worth the short walk.