NY Public Library at Bryant Park…

Wow… what a building! I went because my friend, Cece, told me not to miss it. I stayed for the tour because a nice, but insistent, docent said that it was a much better use of an hour than shopping would be. She was right!

The famous NY Public Library is housed in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It’s a huge, beautiful, and you can read a lot more about it here. I’m going to share some of the pictures I took…

Patience, or Fortitude, on guard at the front door on Fifth Avenue:

Stately lions are the library mascots.

These are the actual, for real, animals from Winnie-the-Pooh:

These stuffed animals have been well-loved, worn, and mended. Piglet is much flatter than I imagined he would be—and tiny!

This illustrated book from the 14th century (if I remember correctly) is lovely, with bright colors and the penmanship is totally amazing. But I could not help thinking of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I can hear it playing in my head :-).

The Rose Reading room is huge, beautiful, and very quiet because it is for reading. Seriously. You can get in to read or on a tour. You can no longer walk through it as a tourist who is not going to read.

Rose Reading Room
Inscription over the door to the Rose Reading Room

The chairs look comfy…

As I said, lions are the mascot. This one is on a drinking fountain. The library opened in 1911 and the marble looks worn enough that it may be original to the building.

The library houses so many collections, books both rare and common, maps, photographs, original works of all kinds… there is just so much. It is a treasure worth visiting!

NYC Streets in December…

That is either Patience or Fortitude in front of the NYC Public library, decked out with greenery.

Patience or Fortitude

These are some of the many shop windows I saw. It could be I only noticed the ones with lots of aqua OR aqua was the color this year. it could also be that I kept taking pictures of the windows at Anthropologie.

Decorations were not limited to windows…

And, of course, there are the angels, the tree, and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center that are festive and a little crowded, both in the daytime and at night…

Times Square is always bright and festive and I can’t help but love it :-).

Photo taken quickly from the crosswalk

I hope these made you smile!

Seen in NYC, December 2021…

I went to NYC to visit our son, Jeff, and Ted! Ted-the-cat pre-dates the pandemic, but I didn’t get to meet him then. It takes Ted awhile to get used to people so when he got that close to me I felt special!

I went to The Met and The MoMa and had a great time. I love portraits and statues because the expressions on the faces show that people then and people now must be feeling the same kinds of feelings. These from The Met:

And then there are those times when art makes you giggle. Like these two Medieval busts… they are the mean girls from high school:

Medieval wing at the Met

Or here, I can hear them saying to each other: Here, look over here! No. I say look over here! It’s over HERE!!!

There are more female artists on display at both museums and one has to wonder why it has taken so long!!! There was a large exhibit of pieces (furniture, paintings, prints, and more) by Sophie Taeuber-Arp that was amazing. Here is just one painting from the exhibit…

by Sophie Taeuber-Arp

She died at the age of 53 in 1942 from accidental carbon-monoxide poisoning in her sleep.

Also at the MoMa you will find a wonderful exhibit of Alexander Calder‘s work. The shadows are integral to the beauty of the forms and the museum has them spaced and lit very well.

That’s probably enough for today. I’ll post more in the next few days :-).