Monday, October 03, 2011

Alternative Library in New York City

Bryant Park is located behind the famous 5th Avenue Library in Manhattan. Before I left New York in 1967 it was a place you walked past quickly or avoided (if you can avoid walking around 6th Avenue and 42nd Street)
It remained a dark and mean place for several decades. And then in the early 1990s it got a makeover and new lease on life. The gentrification made the park livable once again and folks took to eating lunch there on nice days buying coffee and sandwiches at the kiosks. Add some outdoor concerts and other activities and the whole citiscape felt friendlier and safer. 
Imagine an island of calm, where you can come with children, choose a book and spend some time reading. And guess what? There's an adult section too!
I love this sign!


Batya said...

I usually pass it when in NY, since it's near Tzell, but I never noticed the library. Send to JPIX

nonizamboni said...

The good side of gentrification, yes? Great choice for today~~happy Tuesday!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a lovely idea to encourage reading and relaxing outdoors! Great photos!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

This looks--and probably reads--like a great idea!


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On the prowl for bugs and such,
If I met you on the rug,
I would not be frightened (much).

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Meikah said...

This is such a cool place! I'd love to visit it one of these days :) .. I wish there were a place like that here in my country.

Please check out my birthday Ruby Tuesday, too. Happy RT!

chubskulit said...

A very nice place to read indeed!

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Kim, USA said...

I love this alternative library, pretty cool. And the sign that should all people do. ^_^

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