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Bryant Park Reading Room
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Bryant Park Reading Room
Matthew Broderick

About this Tour Stop...

"The original Reading Room began in August of 1935 as a public response to the Depression Era job losses in New York. . . . The New York Public Library opened the “Open Air Library” to give . . . out-of-work businessmen and intellectuals a place to go where they did not need money, a valid address, a library card, or any identification to enjoy the reading materials. "The 1935 Reading Room consisted of several benches, a few book and magazine cases, and a table with a beach umbrella for the five librarians who ran it. . . . The Reading Room was closed in 1944 due to an increase in jobs and World War II. "The Bryant Park Corporation has repeated history by recreating the Bryant Park Reading Room. It is modeled after the original . . . " Source: