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Literary Hot Spots: New York City

New York City and great books have always gone hand and hand. Innumerable books have been written, inspired or taken place there. In fact, following New York's literary legacy is a great way to see the city's highlights as well as some of its lesser known treasures. From ice skating at Rockefeller Center to grabbing a beer at McSorley's, literary characters have done it all, and, with this guide, you can too.

Museum of Natural History
The world and everything in it moves too quickly. It would be nice if it would all stop or even just slow down for a little while. Well, there is one place in New York City where time stands still-The Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1869, the museum is known worldwide for its exhibits and its collections where you can learn about human culture, the natural world and even the universe all within its hallowed halls on 79th Street. Holden Caulfield of J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" loved the museum for exactly the reason above-it never changes. "I walked all the way through the park over to the Museum of Natural History.... I knew that whole museum routine like a book...I get very happy when I think about it...I loved that damn museum...You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish.... Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you." See for yourself. But be sure you have plenty of time to explore. It is the whole universe in one building after all...
79th Street and Central Park West


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