It has also raised the question of how the pricey public building, nearly two decades in the works, made it through the lengthy planning process without more consideration for accessibility.
New Yorkers — as well as tourists — are visiting the library, the most expensive Queens Public Library branch ever built, to admire the views. Some of the accessibility problems, though, are rooted in the design itself. Queens Library officials responded that librarians could simply retrieve those books for disabled patrons, a solution in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and noted that the first of the four terraces did have elevator access. But on social media and among advocates for the disabled, that rationale got panned.
Having to ask someone else to help you is, at worst, demeaning, and at best, a limiting experience. The disputed shelves are now bare; the library, responding to the criticism, has moved the 2, adult fiction books to an accessible area on the second floor, and is now figuring out how to use the vacated space.
But the decision to build only a single elevator is also causing grumbles. The congestion is compounded by the placement of the main stroller parking area on a second floor landing, which is insufficient for the dozens of strollers sometimes seeking a spot. We have been visiting New York City on a regular basis for the past 22 years. I went to graduate school in New Jersey and Tim and I would frequently day trip into the city. Since then, we try to visit New York City once a year, simply because we love this city.
In fact, we even started and ended our around the world trip right here. To me, New York feels more like home than Baltimore, the city where I was born and raised.
In general, I grouped sites together based on their location in order to save you time walking and using public transportation.
This will keep you from spending unnecessary time on the subway and from backtracking through the city. The provided walking distances are the amount of walking you will do to get between sites. These do not include the amount of walking you will do inside of museums, art galleries, etc. Walking distance: 1 mile plus 0. How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers points of interest, restaurants, and the walking route.
You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest. If you click the star, this map will be added to your Google Maps account.
One World Trade Center is the sixth tallest building in the world and the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Plus, by being here early in the day, you get to beat the crowds and have a more pleasant experience. Read about the entire experience and get tips on purchasing tickets in our post:.
I recommend buying your tickets online in advance. If you purchase tickets online in advance , you will skip the ticket line but could still wait in line for the elevator to the Observatory. You have the option to pay more money to also skip the elevator to the Observation deck and the elevator back down to the lobby. The foundations of the Twin Towers have been converted into reflecting pools and the surrounding area is now a grove of trees.
It sits right around the corner from the World Trade Center. You know you are in the right spot when you see the brilliantly white, space-aged looking structure. The Oculus opened in March It is also a shopping mall and a place to grab a bite to eat. Two blocks from the Oculus is a great little Italian sandwich shop. This is popular lunch spot for locals and business people working in the area. These sandwiches are enormous and can be split between two people. During this ride, you have great views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline.
Simply get in line and board the next ferry. The ferry is enormous, with multiple decks and inside and outside seating. I recommend taking a seat outside on the back of the ferry. From this point you can watch Manhattan slowly recede as you approach Staten Island. To your left will be the Statue of Liberty. Ferries leave every 30 minutes and are more frequent during rush hour.
A one-way trip takes about 25 minutes. You are not permitted to stay on the ferry and ride it round trip. Once you are in Staten Island, exit the ferry, get back in line, and re-board the ferry. We were able to get right back onto the same ferry without having to wait for the next one on a Monday morning in February.
The entire round trip ride takes about one hour. Get the full details about the Staten Island ferry on the official website. SoHo is a neighborhood in Manhattan that is home to art galleries, trendy shops, and restaurants. Take the R line four stations uptown to Prince Street. For dinner, we highly recommend Piccola Cucina Osteria.
This tiny restaurant serves traditional Sicilian food. We have eaten in Little Italy many times but this restaurant is so much better than any place in Little Italy. The food is amazing. For dessert, you have two options in the area. This bakery has unique desserts…how about trying a cookie baked in the shape of a cup and filled with milk? One block from Piccola Cucina Osteria is Black Tap , a restaurant that is legendary for its gigantic milkshakes topped with cookies, brownies, and even slices of pie.
If you want to take a cool food photo on Instagram during your trip to NYC, this is a good place to put on your list. Expect to wait in line for at least 30 minutes. Walking distance: 4 miles plus Central Park an additional 2 to 4 miles. There are a bunch of fabulous art museums in Manhattan. Spend the morning in the one that sounds the most interesting to you. The Met is enormous. Come see one of the best collections of ancient art from all around the world. You can also join this skip-the-line tour of the MET.
This is another modern art museum. The building, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is also a work of modern art. I love books, and I still prefer to read actual ones rather than digital. Great post! Hi Emily, thanks for reading! I really think you would enjoy the NYPL if you get the chance to visit. Oh yes!! Next time I will have to prioritise it. It would be an incredibly stunning wedding venue!
Hope you get a chance to visit next time, and thanks so much for your comment! Why hello there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! You could easily spend hours. It looks like the perfect place to study or read a book. Thanks for the lovely comment, Dorothy, I certainly hope that is the case! The rare manuscripts and first editions available at this location and the 3 other research centers are really mind-blowing.
Loved reading this, Cynthia! So informative and well-researched! Thank you, Lauren, really appreciate you stopping by! YES of course! You absolutely have to come back! Rose Reading room looks so magnificent!!! It would be easy to spend a lot of time there! Such a nicely written description of the NYPL. It is now on our list of things to see when we visit NY. Thank you. It is truly one of my favorite places in New York and I think you would really enjoy it! This is a fantastic post!
I love the NYPL so much, and you have just done a marvelous job of writing about it! You really have to take the Library Way, and set aside a little time for it. There are plaques on both sides of the street. Absolutely wonderful as always Cynthia. This was so well researched with great detail. Loved the ceilings and the study hall is so impressive and extravagant.
I did feel a little sorry for the lions what with those tourists forever bothering them. Great work. There was another huge room with a glass panel ceiling, the Salomon Room, hard to really get a good picture of. I know, the poor lions, they do have a lot to endure. Very good Cynthia. I love a good giggle. You have me sold on the library. Plus Beata loves books and libraries so would be an easy sell for her. Or should I say obsessed. What a lovely post with so much of information.
I love libraries and this one is so beautiful. I loved the Rose reading room. I have been to New York a couple of times, but a bit in rush. I would love to spend some time in the library.
Thank you so much for this lovely post. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment! It would be a great place to just sit and contemplate for while! These invaluable records of her creative process, long used almost solely by the Trisha Brown Dance Company, are now poised to become available to a much broader public.
Dufty said. The company considered more than 20 potential sites for the archive, before narrowing the options to four. On its long list of criteria was geographic location. Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest but established her career in New York, part of the fertile downtown scene that gave rise to postmodern dance in the s. Dufty said, so it seemed fitting that her archive not travel too far. Murray said. Dance researchers, she explained, often go to great lengths to piece together clues about the thinking and editing behind a finished work.We cannot make or send copies of the songs found in the Song Index. As of December 3rd, patrons must use a library card to handle Popular Song Index materials.