Have you seen the New York Public Library? In a movie, perhaps? Or, do you know of the library?
I first saw the library in the 2004 movie, The Day After Tomorrow. I didn’t think much of it until Sex and the City, when Carrie Bradshaw decided she would marry Mr. Big in the New York Public Library. It became significant when romance came in to the picture.
To be honest, we didn’t go looking for the library. I don’t even think we had any must-do or must-see in New York. We only flew in to NYC; we were heading out to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando. In New York, Manhattan was the destination. We said we would go to Central Park and Grand Central Station. We didn’t. There was no time. We just kept walking in Manhattan. Without intention, we found the library. We were walking in front of the impeccable building. It is not different from how we ended up in the Empire State Building. We were in a Starbucks for coffee and to hide from the cold when we realized the iconic New York landmark was only several steps away.
We spent some time in the library, taking pictures and feasting my eyes on the magnificence of the interiors. I was in awe. I loved the arches, stairs, walls, ceilings, lights, windows and all things beautiful. Mostly, the awe is due to the size of the place. The high ceilings are imposing.
We were also in the shop awhile. It happens when the desires do not match the budget. Nonetheless, I bought some souvenirs and gifts. I kept a pouch, a notebook and a fridge magnet; the usual suspects.
Since we were there at Christmastime, I had to have a Christmas tree.
If I were a New Yorker, I would probably come here often. Fortunately, I love books. I read them and I dream to write them. It also helps that outside, not far away, are stores that sell my other favorite things: shoes.
And, like Carrie, I would want to get married here, too, where all the love stories are housed, as she said.
Do check out the New York Public Library if you’re in NYC.