When most people mention the New York Public Library, they tend to be referring to this imposing Beaux Arts building. (In fact, it houses only NYPLs humanities and social sciences collection.) Two massive stone lions, dubbed Patience and Fortitude by former mayor Fiorello La Guardia, flank the main portal. Free guided tours (at 11am and 2pm) stop at the stunning and beautifully renovated Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, which offers free internet access. Lectures, author readings and special exhibitions are definitely worth checking out.