The NYPL has many branches spread out over the five boroughs of New York City but it's the Stephen A. Schwarzman building that is my favorite. The Beaux Arts building is like a temple to knowledge and reading. It's Rose Room is one of the most famous portions of the structure but the great halls on the second floor are lovely for a stroll in cool air conditioning in the hot summer months and the gift shop on the same floor is a really excellent place to find smart, funny gifts and unique books for those you love. It's a destination in which you could while away an entire day. Or, a few hours. Either way, a trip to the main branch has never disappointed me.