New York Public Library

Finally saw Sex and the City: The Movie  on Sunday!  I literally could not sit still in my theatre seat until the movie began I was so excited!!  I must say the movie was not as good as I hoped it would be.  😦  There were parts I absolutely LOVED and times when I felt like I was visiting with my old friends Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha, and I for sure laughed and even cried.  But overall I felt the movie missed its mark.  It just lacked that SATC  magic that was present in the TV show.  Especially the ending.  I think the Series Finale of the show which aired back in 2004 was a much more satisfying send off for my favorite foursome than the movie was.  I need to curl up on my couch and watch the Finale on DVD again to make me feel better.  🙂

Anyway, in the movie Carrie and Big plan to get married (don’t worry I am not giving anything away here) at the New York Public Library, in the same building that “houses the world’s greatest love stories”.  The New York Library is an absolutely beautiful building and I highly recommend a stalking visit there.  The library was dedicated on May 23, 1911 and has been a popular New York tourist attraction ever since.  The lobby of the Library is breathtaking with sweeping white marble staircases and vaulted ceilings.  The second floor is covered in dark wood paneling with gorgeous paintings lining the walls and a huge mural covering the ceiling. 

The New York Public Library was also featured prominently in the movie The Day After Tomorrow  as the location where Jake Gyllenhal and his friends take refuge from the storm.  It also showed up in the movies Spiderman, The Thomas Crown Affair, King Kong, and the Jen Aniston movie Picture Perfect, among many others.  Update – my good friend Nat was highly dissapointed in me because I forgot to mention Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which filmed at the library!  In the movie Holly Golightly and Paul run into the library, right past the Lions, and look up his book in the card catalog.

Out in front of the library are the famous marble Lions named Fortitude and Patience who have guarded the library entrance ever since its opening in 1911.  Designed by Edward Clark Potter, the Lions are now the offical mascots for the NY Library and a book has even been written about them called Top Cats: The Life and Times of the New York Public Library Lions.  I absolutely love the Lions and make it a point to visit them every time I am in New York.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The New York Public Library is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  If you are visiting New York in the Summertime, be sure to hit up Bryant Park right behind the Library.  Bryant Park is absolutely beautiful in the Spring and Summer and they have a great restaurant called the Bryant Park Grill Outdoor Cafe.   


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