Who doesn't love a museum bookstore? The one at the New York Public Library is jammed with a vast, cool stock of books, jewelry, home goods, calendars, kids' treasures and retro-looking e-reader covers.
Currently on display is an exhibit in conjunction with website brainpickings.org that features "the Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals and More."
From Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" -- that would be under "writing," not "animals" -- and E.B. White and William Strunk's "The Elements of Style" to "The Genius of Dogs," by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, a carefully constructed artwork of titles hovers above a New York skyline of books at the main branch shop on Fifth Avenue.
There are also touristy satisfactions, including an Empire State Building/Chrysler Building salt-and-pepper set, a purse resembling a library checkout card, an "Empire State Deco Bracelet," hand-painted lockets with local depictions and dolls/T-shirts/building blocks for the little ones.
Can't make it to the library? Browse online at www.thelibraryshop.org.