BPL – A Boston Favorite


Statue representing Art

There are a few spots around Boston that I really love. Yesterday during my walk around town I stopped in one of my favorites, the Boston Public Library. This was actually the very first place I went on my first trip to Boston back in 1996. Granted it was to use the restroom after my long drive up from NY but we can overlook that.

The inside of the old library is beautiful. I love the ornate staircase, the decorative friezes and the opulent sculptures. But my absolute favorite is the courtyard. In the summer sitting under the loggia watching the fountain bubble surrounded by beds of colorful flowers is a perfect lunch spot. I enjoy stopping in the Map Room Cafe, grabbing a sandwich and soaking up the sun. I feel like I was dropped in some Italian piazza.

Check out some interesting history about the oldest free library in the USA on the BPL’s website.


Boston Public Library










Entry staircase










Upper floor













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  1. Have you been into the 42nd street library in NYC? How would you compare the two?

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  2. Yes and it is beautiful! A few years ago I went to an exhibit at the NYPL and that space is nothing less than breathtaking. But like everything else in NYC I find it hard to compare to other places. Boston is such a small city and so trying to compare the two is like comparing a 900 sq. ft. bungalow with a 9,000 sq. ft. estate.

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