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The New York Public Library in Numbers

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One of the most amazing renowned building in NYC is the one that houses the New York Public Library (NYPL)! Now, lets talk about the NYPL in numbers.

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) was founded in 1895.

“It is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources”.

But, we didn’t come to day to talk about the library’s historical facts. We are here to put the New York Public Library in number, so you can see how amazing it is.

So, here it goes:

  • Has been an education center for over 100 years
  • Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library, and 5th Avenue
  • 125 miles of shelving
  • 530,000 cubic feet of white Vermont marble
  • Façade has marble 12 inches thick
  • Unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches
  • 92 Locations: The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island
  • 4 scholarly research centers
  • Has 3 other research centers
  • Serves more than 17 million patrons a year
  • Millions of other patrons are served online
  • Hold more than 51 million items that ranges from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world
  • 125 miles of book stacks
  • Heaviest book weighs 61 pounds
  • The historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World
  • More than 30,000 classic feature films, documentaries, and educational programs for free
  • More than 700,000 items in their award-winning Digital Collections
  • The Library’s new e-reader SimpleE app has more than 300,000 free e-books
  • 103,000 free programs annually, serving everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors
  • Educators can borrow as many as 100 books for 60 days, with no late fees
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull fragments are in room 319
  • 40,000 restaurant menus, the world’s largest collection, dates back to the 1850’s
  • Norbert Pearlrot visited the library almost every single day. For 52 years, he sat at the same table
  • For it’s 100th anniversary, it received a $1.2 billion renovation

If you want to read more details about the fact above, be sure to check out the NYPL’s website and an article from the New York Times, that also had some great secrets.

The NYPL is a place that you can visit countless times, since there is so much rich content to uncover!

Be sure to enjoy it as much as you can!

Location: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street

www.nypl.org

 

Text Excerpts: Facts compiled from the NYPL and NYTimes
Credits: Courtes of Massimiliano Cerra, Paulleclerc, Bronx Banter Blog and Wikipedia

Curiosities of Grand Central Terminal, a New York Landmark

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Grand Central Terminal is a New York landmark that we just can’t ignore. This is actually one of our favorite spots in the city and the secret stories behind this monumental place is incredible. Below are some curiosities you will enjoy!

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We have to confess: we are a little obsessed with the Grand Central Terminal and its story. In addition, we’ve written about them before and we never get tired. There is just so many behind the scenes secret stories to share…

Everything is thrilling, from all the secrets it holds, to the uncovered mysterious places in it, to the breathtaking architecture and the startling number of people that passed by it daily – 750,000!

That is to say, our friends at Untapped Cities have put together a sensational post with 10 quick curiosities about the Grand Central Terminal. We decided to share it with you!

So, did you know that:

  1. You can play tennis in Grand Central;
  2. There is a top secret room that doesn’t even appear on maps or blueprints;
  3. A hidden brick is an effective, if unintentional, anti-smoking ad;
  4. Some of the iron eagles have gone missing;
  5. No one knows if the “whispering gallery” was built to whisper on purpose;
  6. Grand Central houses a hidden bar;
  7. The sculptor who designed the statue in front of the building was kind of a snob;
  8. Track 61 still serves as a means of clandestine transportation;
  9. Grand Central has the largest basement of any building in New York City;
  10. And last, the ceiling is backwards!

If you enjoy uncovering these types of spots when you travel, we offer a fantastic Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour that will blow your mind. You will have an experience that not everyone is able to have. Plus, we visit many of the spots that we mentioned on the list above!

Super cool, right?

Lastly, if you are a company and need help organizing a unique experience for your executives or clients, we are also able to assist you. For private tours, email us too.

Location: 89 East 42nd Street

www.grandcentralterminal.com

 

Text Excerpts: Originally from Untapped Cities
Photo Credit: Anu Mahendran from anoomaggie.blogspot.com 

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