New York City boasts of numerous bookish attractions. Book lovers will have no trouble finding a literary spot to explore in the city. From awe-inspiring libraries to charming bookshops, here are some of the best places to go for some book-themed adventures in NYC.
Hotel Chelsea is a historic New York City landmark that dates back to 1883. It is best known for being home to many notable residents at some point. Some of the famous literary artists who have stayed there include Arthur C. Clarke, Charles Bukowski, Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mark Twain, and Simone de Beauvoir among many others.
Housing Works Bookstore Café
Housing Works Bookstore Café is not only a great place to go shopping for books or enjoy a relaxing meal or snacks. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to support a good cause. What makes this bookstore café stand out is it has a staff of volunteers. What is even more impressive is that all its profits go to Housing Works which works on advocacies like AIDS and housing for the homeless.
Library Hotel is a luxury hotel that features rooms that boast of an impressive collection of books.
Each floor is devoted to one of the categories of the Dewey Decimal System. The eighth floor is dedicated to Literature with each room having its own collection of books like Fairy Tales, Mystery, and Poetry among others. The hotel also features a Reading Room and a Writer’s Den and Poetry Garden.
Central Park boasts of at least two literary attractions – the Literary Walk and Shakespeare Garden. The latter is a sprawling garden that features a wide array of flowers and numerous plaques that feature some of Shakespeare’s best known lines.
The Strand Bookstore is a popular attraction in NYC for book lovers and the curious alike. It houses a mindboggling array of new, second-hand, and rare books not to mention some out-of-print titles.
The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum houses an impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, and other works owned by J.P. Morgan. It dates back to 1906 and became public in the early 1920’s. It also serves as an academic research center.
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world and a popular destination not just for literature lovers visiting the city. It boasts of a collection of over 50 million books and other works.