We were on our way to see the wonderful New York Public Library, when we were waylaid by a little park behind it.
In Bryant Park, a couple of young attendants were wheeling out trolleys of books and setting up an outdoor ‘Reading Room’. They do it every day during the warmer months, they told me, allowing regulars and casual passers-by to pick up a book, magazine or newspaper, pull up a folding chair, and start reading under the trees.
Several people were already doing just that. Using cellphones is prohibited, though Bryant Park also has a free wi-fi service for anyone with a laptop or iPad handy.
If you’re more of an active, sporty type, there are regular, free fitness classes held in the park each day, or you can pick up a couple of paddles and ping pong balls and it’s game on.
The music turned out to be a warm up for an event, the 10th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day, at which young writers from the city took turns at reading out their poetry.
We loved seeing public space being put to such literary use.
The library could wait, at least for a little while.