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Jefferson Market Library, New York

Jefferson Market Library, New York

Currently a NYC public library, the odd but interesting red-brick building on the West side of 6th Ave goes way back to 1833 when it was the location of a country market fitted with a wooden fire watchtower and a bell weighing 9,000 pounds. Fishermen, hucksters, and poulterers populated it until 1877 when it was all erased to make space for the Jefferson Market Courthouse. In a 1885 national architectural poll, the High Victorian Gothic-style building was voted among the 10 most beautiful in the U.S.

It's a must-stop for any architecture/history buff, and by getting a guest pass, one can roam around inside for free, going up and down the spiral staircase. When open, the upper floor is a magical place to read, surf through the wi-fi, or perhaps get some work done for a few hours.

If you're looking for a lush retreat, ask for directions to the library garden – a little bastion of greenery that can be enjoyed by everyone. With just a bit of forward planning, it can be the perfect spot for a self-catered lunch, coffee, or reading on a bench.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1–8pm; Fri: 1–6pm; Sat: 10am–5pm; Sun: Sun: 1–5pm

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Sight Name: Jefferson Market Library
Sight Location: New York, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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