posted by Evelyn Kanter
NYC weekend planner — The iconic New York Public Library building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd St. turns 100 years old this weekend, and the NYPL is celebrating with dozens of events and activities, nearly all of them FREE, between Friday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 24th. The partial list includes a magic show, behind-the-scenes tours of the stacks of more than one million books, five-foot LEGO replicas of the famous Library Lions, live music, free ice cream, storytelling and theater performances for kids, seminars on how to research NYC history and historic photographs, and more. Download a PDF of the the full schedule here. Again, nearly everything is free, but some programs and performances require on-line reservation to ensure your space.
Take the kids, take yourself to the 100th birthday weekend celebration of the beautiful NYPL building on Fifth Avenue that’s been renamed the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, in honor of the Wall St. billionaire who donated mega-bucks to give the Beaux Arts beauty a facelift for her birthday. Thank you, Mr. Schwarzman for all the money you donated– but you should know that lifelong New Yorkers like me will never call it ‘your’ building. It will always be the Main Branch of the NYPL. That’s also how the millions of visitors to NYC will be looking for it — The NYPL building with the lions out front.