Drinks on the Terrace / Library Hotel, New York City / Oct. 2006
After a wonderful visit to The Morgan Library & Museum (more about that later) we walked north and discovered the Library Hotel, a landmark 1900 brick and terra cotta building located just a block from the New York Public Library, where we had drinks in the intimate setting of the Writer's Den on the 14th floor. We sat "outside" on the terrace (now enclosed in glass) and watched the lights come on in the neighboring buildings and the clouds blow by as the sky darkened.
Each of the ten floors in the hotel is dedicated to one of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (Social Sciences, Languages, Technology, Literature, etc.). Then each room has a collection of art and books relevant to one topic within the category for that floor. "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of Library." - Jorge Luis Borges (Poema de los Dones)