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    A Quiet Spot in Busy Manhattan


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     joelsdb is a Catholic priest living in Rome. He shot these photos on a trip to New York in August 2012.
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    My visit to New York in the summer of 2012 was a short one but I made it a point to see the public library. One of the my confreres in Rome was telling me that it is worth visiting this library that lives up to its name--first, that it is public, that is, open to everyone, even to non-members and non-residents who decide to drop by; second, that it is a library, a quiet place conducive for studying. I also remember that it appeared in the apocalyptic science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow and therefore it is a place that I should not miss.

    That is why when I had the chance, I asked my New Yorker friend Joni to bring me to this place. It was awesome. From the aesthetic side it exuded brilliant artistry that suggested the antiquity of the noble pursuit of knowledge. The facade, the polished corridors, the marble halls, the ceilings, the frescoes--all these gave the library a classic character. Couple this with the thousands of books that line the shelves, the functional tables, and the milieu of peace and quiet and this library becomes a real sanctuary of sacred study not only for the true blue New Yorker but also for its visitors, a quiet spot in the generally busy city.
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