Also of literary note nearby - the Algonquin Hotel, the home of the famous literary Round Table, and the Yale Club, frequented by Nick Caraway in The Great Gatsby. If traveling by subway here, take note of the literary-themed artwork lining the underground passageways near Fifth Avenue.
|The entrance of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library is guarded by two lions, Patience and Fortitude.|
|Inside the NYPL. This opulent Beaux Arts palace features gleaming white marble walls and floors. The exterior is undergoing extensive renovation and cleaning.|
|The vast Rose Main Reading Room has inspired its own poetry and scenes from great fiction. Filled with long tables and desk lamps, the room is lined with reference books. Enormous windows soar up to high ceiling murals and elegant chandeliers.|
|In Bryant Park, look for statues of modernist poet, arts patron and salon-keeper Gertrude Stein (shown here), German Enlightenment man of letters Goethe, and American romantic poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant.|
|D'Espresso, 317 Madison Ave. Small coffee shop with an unusual book-related design theme. It looks like the room has been turned on its side, with books lining the floor and ceiling.|
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