The New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan is a case study in "they don't do things like they used too." Every entry way, staircase, and study room is filled with ornate details. To the stonework throughout is incredible for it's thoroughness. All this for a public building, and a library at that. The whole building breathes a stone chilled air despite whatever god-aweful temperature is outside. A respite for the weary, be sure to stop by on your way between Grand Central Station and Bryant Park.