New York, New York: Around the New York Public Library

Side of the New York Public Library

Trip Taken: 2010

After spending the better part of the early afternoon at the twin tower site, I decided to do visit some of the miscellaneous tourist places on my list of things to do in New York. So, I decided to go shopping, visit the public library, and Grand Central Terminal. I took the subway instead of just walking the several blocks north to the Flatiron building.

The Flatiron District

Flatiron Building


If you have ever watched a couple of TV shows or movies based in New York City, then the Flatiron building should be a very familiar sight to you. It’s a triangular building that kind of looks like the front of an iron. (I wonder if that is how it got its name.) I wanted to take a few photos of it just because it is iconic. It reminds of another triangular building in San Francisco. Not exactly famous but nostalgic for me.

After taking my photos, I headed for Union Square Park. The park had some great street performers and people just hanging. But my destination was actually across the park. There was a discount clothing store called Filene’s Basement I wanted to check out. Supposedly, it’s possible to find some great finds at basement prices. I didn’t find any designer clothes but I did find a cool Germany shirt.

New York Public Library

Second floor of the library


I had some extra time to kill in the afternoon so I headed to Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. Walking around Bryant Park, I find it strange that this small place could hold New York Fashion Week. Anyways, the library is right inside the park. The lobby is a great piece of interior architecture, which I think is made of stone. The main hall was closed for some reason, but everything felt very beige as in the marble. It’s a cool feeling and the A/C was welcome relief from the heat.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central


I’ve always thought it was called Grand Central Station but that’s actually a misnomer. It is suppose to be terminal. Since a lot of my knowledge relies of film and television. I remember this place mostly from the movie ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and the flash mob videos. When I visited, there were no flash mobs, but a lot of busy commuters going to and fro. It is quite a large space but it is noisier than I imagined.

Parting Words

There is so much activity happening in New York at any given time. I walked into Times Square and several of the musicals were doing a free show to promote the theater scene. Outside the New York Public Library, there was a men’s choir singing to entertain the tourists and to raise money for some charity. Walking around New York is definitely fun on any given day.

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About the Author

John is always trying to find his way back to the road. He has an affinity for Germany due to his three years studying German at Cal, and a year working as an intern in the Stuttgart area. He also likes chocolate cake and good cheese.