The famous library, home of the larger then life lions Patience and Fortitude, has frequent events and exhibits. Open since 1911, the library is stunningly beautiful inside and out. Bryant Park, which is behind the library, has several food stands, a restaurant, and a film festival on Monday evenings during the summer.
“The New York Public Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Library encourages the preservation and cultivation of the documentary evidence of human behavior, social life and culture, by acquiring, organizing and making accessible materials for study in the fields of history, languages and literature, art, popular culture, philosophy, religion, psychology, sociology, anthropology, theology, geography and politics. “